ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale copper pour with a sweet malty aroma. Floral aroma. Spicy, fruity flavor up front with a bready finish. Ginger is a little over the top
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pale peachy amber with a thin fizzy white head. The nose was sweet, lightly alcoholic, malty, pungent and perfumy, friuty, spicy. The flavor was very spicy, warm, malty, slightly earthy, bready, ligthly fruity. Very interesting flavor. The palate was lightly bitter and fully carbonated.
TURDFERGUSON (4047) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan! Very different than the sour edition I had about a month ago. Nose is very perfumey with hints of peppercorn, peaches, potpourri, and other spices. Flavor is full on peppercorn and I really didn’t expect it. Some ginger in there too, now that I think about it, Interesting brew, glad Ethan didn’t pay too much for it.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Traci on a rainy 1 Sept. From the BSF at GBBF. Pours pale copper with a little rose, good layer of fine white head. Incredibly evocative aroma: I’m 12, mowing lawn on a hot summer day for the old couple next door. This is that magic combination of hot petrol mower engine, a whole patch some kind of lawn weed just given a blitz (creeping jenny?) and old dusty garden shed. A hint of old-lady perfume. A dry prickly heat smell, massively interesting. Flavor is a bit less singular that the nose, but still quite a character: dry dandelion and quinine up front, transitioning to a big banana rum finish. Oddly, starts with apparent dryness, finishes sweet. Wonderfully messy beer. I’d happily lump this in with some of the funky Fantome saisons. Mighty nice.
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, GBBF, London, 7 Aug 2008) Dark amber colour with brief, white head. Fruity nose with apricots and orange. Fruity, malty taste with notes of apricots, orange and spices. Low bitterness, medium body. not overly sweet. Definitely different, but a nice and very spicy beer.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy Orange. Small, fast head. Aroma: Fruits, spice. Flavor: Fruits, coriander, wheat. Dry, sweet finish. Not bad for Italia, better known for its wines.
Skinnyviking (8704) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. High creamy and loasting white head. Hazy orange body. Perrery and fruity aroma. Spicy flavor that I cannot quite figure out. Pepper, oregano and nutmeg. Little hops bitterness. Low carbonation and a long spicy aftertaste. Do not think that I have ever tasted anything like this. Thank you. Interesting.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy dark golden caramel color with a huge frothy off-white head that settles slowly. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma is interesting with strong ginger notes, spice, flowers, a strong pine note, and a pungent, earthy character as well. Flavor is very interesting as well with notes of sweet malt, slightly tart and sour with a strong incense-like character. Very complex ale. Difficult to detect all the flavors in this one. Generally medium body with slightly sweet and tart finish.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The old ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy quickly dissipating head. The aroma is interesting, floral and spicy and slightly bready. A medium to light bodied ale. The malts are caramel and dark fruits. The hops are more spicy and herbal than hoppy. Nice beer. I can see this one being I love or hate it thing. Light and refreshing, with some very lively carbonation. The spices really contrast the malt sweetness. Starts fairly sweet, but somewhere about the middle it turns crisp and dry. Lots of citrus, lemon and herbal notes.
Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant surprise. I knew the brewery but I did not know how wide their range was in Italy. This had a complexity from an unusual grain and a spice I originally attributed to wheat. Gold / orange / amber pour, great head, great lace. Complexity in nose and in taste, from unusual grain and the additional spicing. Good mouth feel, complexity builds, with notes of casual Saison yeast.