Nuffield (3713) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a bottle of this for Easter dinner, 2004--theologically appropriate, I think. Lovely golden-amber color, not much head, apparent stickiness as it swirls. Big beer, definitely. Bright aroma of sugar, honey, citrus, alcohol. Lots of malts in the flavors but just as much spiciness, apparently from a combination of the alcohol and hops. Plenty of fruitiness, especially at the colder temperatures, with the quality fading with the temperature. Hoppy bitterness in finish. Big flavors, attractive at times, and yet disconcerting.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had an aroma and taste of foot after initial pour. Not very good. Mildly hoppy and semi sweet. Decent but I won't try again.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like it is straight from Belgium. Has a nice ginger flavor in front that finshes slightly dry.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer looks very nice. It is clear and golden and alomst glows a bit. It smells sweet, with some carmel malt tones and a faint hint of yeast. The taste was somewhat sour at first. It was not great initially, but I warmed up to it about mid glass. Carmel malt was more pronounced at this point.
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 Pours straight orange with minimal, but laced head. Floral aroma with apricot noted, almost to the point of perfume. This comes through also in the flavor. Hello Candi Sugar! Smooth sipping, leading to semi-dry in the finish. Only gripe is the flavor didn't seem properly blended, as the floral aroma almost dominated the maltiness in the flavor.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this is an interesting beer! The nose was unusual to me, but still complex. I seriously get a vinager(ish) scent to it, like that in BBQ! But there is also light nuts and honey, maybe apricot too.
And that was just the aroma! The taste sorta put me off at first. Luckly, the beer was recused by its palate. Hoppy with a decent amount of malt balance in the linger. The alcohol is very prominate.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange color with no head. Looks more like apple juice than a beer. Has a fruity aroma. Flavor of hops, sugar, and yeast with a light palate.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apricot-colored with a medium rocky white head. Fruity, spicy, yeasty, straw aroma. Golden amber in colour. Flavor is citric, fruity, malty and sweet. Sharp, strong mouthfeel. Fun and tasty.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was looking for true salvation. Got some salivation going, but as much as I admire Avery, and I do, I wasn't bowled over by this. Does one NEED to be? No. Twas rather good, malty, complex, and more, but guess I was searching for a boarding pass to Belgium and all I got was a very good beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, tulip glass. Toast grain/light bread malt (L); perfume and flower hops (M); doughy yesat (L); nutmeg aroma. Clear golden-peach body has a large, creamy white head that is slowly diminishing. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately bitter, lightly sweet, lightly acidic finish. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: fourth bottle of Avery in a row that has wowed me.