hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Right off the bat the aroma reminded me very much of a German Hefeweizen...malty, sweet, banana, spicy and clove. It poured a medium sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was carbonated, yeasty and hazy with a yellow-golden hue. The flavor however did not remind me so much of a German Hefeweizen like the aroma did. The flavor was lightly acidic, sour and tangy. It had a tingly mouthfeel sensation. This was a medium bodied beer with no lacing.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew poured a large head of frothy fine to medium sized mostly lasting white colored bubbles that left behind a poor minimal lacing. The body was hazy light yellow orange brown colored and full of floating dark yeast particles. The aroma was musty and laden full of aromatic yeast. The mouth feel was tingly slightly sour and short lived in the aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt yeast dough and slightly sour fruit.
austinpowers (2826) - 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 (2571) - 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 (2480) - New Jersey, USA - 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 (5284) - 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.