heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Recieved in a trade with Kevin. Body is a nice clear amber with a slightly off white head. The aroma is pears, apples, bread and a little cinnamon. The taste is bananas and cinnamon spice. There is also a little bit of rich carmel. This is a fairly solid beer, but could use a bit more flavor.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber color with a tall head and great retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and has a little spicing in it. The flavor is much the same. Slightly sweet and grainy. There’s nothing too interesting here. Good brew, but nothing to write home about.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Frothy white head with cottony lace and a clear, deep golden body with low carbonation. Aroma of vanilla, mild citrus, American hop properties, old bananas, and cream soda. Fruity mango and estery flavor with American hop characters. Yeasty, grapefruit aftertaste that appeals. Weird and different, but not bad.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This isn’t really very good. Compared with some of Avery’s other offerings, I would have expected better. Certainly in the belgian style category. Weird aftertaste...filtered....eh...
ClarkVV (3933) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 2005 bottle consumed 5/27/2005. Well I’ll try to stick to the beer review first and saved the jokes for later. Clear, filtered straw yellow, with an initially medium-sized white head that quickly recedes to nothing, with no lacing, not unlike a pale lager. Aroma is umm, mineral water, maybe some light banana, hints of dry grains, some astringent spiciness. Flavor is extremely dry, seemingly no malt sweetness. Grainy, dry aromatic malt is completely attenuated, or just poorly extracted. Astringent spicy/estery character, like the effect you get when having too much coriander in a witbier. Stale, mineralesque, dry flavors get tiresome and go nowhere complexity-wise. Body is light and full of water. There may be some Belgian yeast character in the flavor, but I could just be imagining that. Watery, loose, almost astringent on the end, mouthfeel. Truly bad, IMHO, and a mockery of "farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium". Filtered?? What the hell is that? It’s a good thing Avery’s karma is not based on this beer entirely or else they’d be coming back in the next life as a toilet in a low-quality Mexican restaurant.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Lumpy for this one.. Poured a medium to dark amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a bit of yeast. Flavor is a light sweet malt, a bit of yeast, some orange and a bit of metallic taste. Light bodied.. Refreshing.. Looks like a dubbel but tastes a bit like a Wit..
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Its fun to see breweries experiment with this Belgian Farmhouse/Saison style. This is a great Summer brew with a great hoppy taste. There is a slight astringency that I taste, but it isn’t that significant.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty carmel aroma. Light amber color witha decent head that disapated qiuckly. At first the bitter taste wasn’t good. By end the bitterness subsided and some fruit flavor was noticable. Man watery on the palate at first and kind of dry on the finish.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thin foamy head that fades quickly. Estery/musty nose. Notes of clove, metal, cherry, caramel, oranges, and some sour green apple. Slightly bitter aftertaste. This has alot of promise, but it’s flaws are very glaring-there is a very unpleasant metallic taste and it is thin. They should keep this yeast and up the malts a bit. It is quite enjoyable though.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep golden color, foamy off-white head. hoppy aroma. malt backed too. flavor is dry hoppy, watery mouthfeel. mild aftertaste. not really a belgian ale to me, but then again, what does karma have to do with belgium?