austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Disappointing, especially given how expensive this beer is and how pretty the bottle (not that bottle aesthetics correlates to taste). This beer is golden and fizzy with a thin white head. The taste is very much of the Belgian style, with apparently Belgian yeast being used. Definite notes of alcohol burn your tongue as you lap up this strong Italian nectar. I felt the beer leans more toward the dry side than the sweet, and the hops are detectable, balanced pretty evenly with the light pale ale-style malt. Very Belgian, IMHO, and of the dry, alcohol-tinged variety. Not my cup of tea, but I'm glad I tried it.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with tiny bubbles. White, frothy head. Complex fruity, spicy nose. Intriguing flavor mix of sweetness and bitterness. Unusual brew.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok I was about midway through my review of this beer when my computer died! Luckily I have another, but what a bad omen this is. Anyhow... I purchased this beer because it looked intriguing but I have never heard of it. Mostly clear amber body, creamy white head with decent lacing. Aroma is very fruity, apricots and peaches. The flavor is very fruity up front, again apricots mainly, and then a bready malt flavor kicks in. Body is smooth and medium. There is a very pleasant aftertaste that is a summary of all that has come before it. The beer is not overly complex but is quite good nonetheless. Compared to all other Italian beers I have had this is far and away the best of the lot.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light slightly yeasty fruity nose - like leechees! Hayz near opaque orange color and no head. Citrusy malt flavors (oranges) with a late arriving dainty bitter tinge. Thinner than I wanted, but OK. Light and well-balanced. OVeral very good and classy without too much excitement.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow - Apricot, kombucha, litchy nose. Very light like violets. Hazy orange color, no head, flat carbonation. Raspberry, apricot light taste. Long soft tingle at the end. A friendly and interesting beer.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold with a fair amount of white foam, it's got "cellar character" all over the nose, a nice earthy cold bricks and cobwebs aroma.Slightly tart on the palate, with a husky, seedy quality, somewhere between poppy and sunflower, with some sweetness providing backbone. Tangy and clean on the finish, with a slight oat-like aftertaste. Unique and pretty drinkable!
TheBeerGod (4915) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clouded golden blond with a effervescent white head. Nose is sweetened fruit, spice and light earthy tones. Has a sweet taste with more fruit, particularly citrus, coming through, along with a wheat and yeast mix. I can also taste some grape in this - concord or white. To me, sort of a tripel mixed with a hefeweizen or wit. There's some carbonated sharpness to the mouthfeel but it finishes smooth enough. Very good beer!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy gold color with lots of yeast chunks on a tiny bubbled head. Light fruits and hay in the aroma, sharp mouthfeel. Starts and ends sweet, with an odd finish that reminded me of an aged dubbel. A unique brew for sure, but for $12 a bottle, this is the last one that I'll buy.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is truly a unique beer. Either you are going to *really* like it; or you'll dump it, in my opinion.
Appearnce: Nora pours a hazy golden with a large white head. The head quickly dissapates.
Nose. The aroma is quite interesting. It's a sweet/dry/herbal/floral smell. It almost reminds me of Campari. I can't quite place it, but I like it.
Flavor: It's highly carbonated, complex, and well balanced. The use of hops for bitterness is replaced by herbs and this makes a nice change.
Penso che questa birra abbia un sapore magnifico!
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark orange glow with a creamy growing head. Aroma of peaches. Taste has a nice balance of sweet and sour with a mild yeast taste. Some liquorice in the aftertaste. Didn't really get the kamut grain - not sure what it is either.
Good alcohol strength, not hidden but not over the top.