BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flip top bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Poured a hazy golden hue with a HUGE pillow of white foam which coated the glass almost completely. The aroma has notes of gingerbread, sage, dusty yeast esters and herbal qualities. The taste is very herbal and spiced which tends to overpower the malt and hops (if there is any to begin with). Lots of sage, white pepper, lemongrass, rose hips and some twangy apple notes supported by a yeasty and breadcrumbs undertone. The palate is over carbonated and prickly which covers the watery body leading to a dry and ashy finish. While not bad, I found it sort of underwhelming and not all that refreshing. Why is this not listed as a spiced/herb beer?, THX Admins, that was quick!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Doughy wheat aroma with plenty of ginger spiciness and woody, herbal hops. Hazy, almosy opaque yellow body is topped by a decent white head that recedes to a generous and lasting cover with some lacing. Spiciness is more apparent in the flavour though wheat is very notable. Woody, ginger, leafy, herbal and cinammon characteristics are all featured with an earthy, musty undertone. Smooth texture to the medium body with lively, but soft bubbled, gentle effervescence. Sampled at Mondial 2006.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy golden body with loads of bubbles rising to a large, pillowly layer of white bubbles. The aroma easily escapes into the air and wafts this way, yield notes of whole grains, honey, the herbal hint of sage, and upon closer inspection, more sage, mint, fresh, yeasty bread, ginger and cardamom. The aroma is better from a distance, despite a similarity to Fantôme Brise-BonBons! and it’s wonderful aroma. The body is smooth and fairly creamy, with ample, yet subtle, carbonation laying like a cushion on the tongue. The flavor is interesting and a little stronger than I might enjoy, especially from the sage. It’s just too intense. As you ponder and enjoy, more subtle hints of clover honey, fresh baked bread, some light, golden fruits (apricot, golden apples, white grapes), earthy, grassy hop notes and a hint of graininess. The finish is nice, on the longer side for the style and completely void of alcohol. The beer is tasty and enjoyable, but the sage is just a little too strong for my taste. However, it does mesh well with the base beer and grassy hops. Either a little extra time in the bottle or a little less sage in the kettle would make this outstanding. Another classy, enjoyable beer from Jerome.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong carbonation with a load of yeast around the cap (stored upside down or top fermenting?). Cloudy yellow. Yeasty nose. Thick head with a load of lace. Yeasty nose (again). Get a bit of apricot and pear. Some metallic off flavors. I do not detect the sage at all.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy straw gold color, big lumpy rocky white head. aroma is yeasty, some candi sugar, and spicy malt. the sage aroma is there but not too strong. high carbonation, flavor is dryish malt and a bit yeasty. sage is present with dry malt flavor. faintly astringent. bitter finish but aftertaste fades out.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: You really have to give this beer credit for the presentation. It is a cool unique stubby little flip top bottle. When Bob flipped the top open it popped like a gun shot and the whole room turned to see.
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with very active carbonation bubble rising rapidly.
Smell & Taste: The flavors in the beer are complex and I only had a share of this beer so I will need to re-visit it if I ever get the opportunity. I got a very spicy ginger and sage character, earthy grassy hops and a significant amount of dryness. The variety with in the Belgian Pales continues to impress. Every beer is so unique.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated creamy medium body beer.
Drinkability: I am definitely going to seek this out again. My share went down way to quickly.
Hope this is helpful.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy straw-yellow body under a big fatty white head. Neat aroma - smooth, sweet pale malts with gentle floral/spicy hops and sage laid on top. Not strong stuffing-style sage just what a fresh plant might smell like. Did I say this thing smelled sweet? The flavor kicks it in with a big bitter start: dandelion / stemmy / pith hops, a floral element, and a stronger, juicier sage. Underneath it all hides a lightly toasted pale malt. Light body aided by velvety carbonation. A hoppy, interesting brew. Try it in spite of its low score!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale gold with a huge, rocky, cavernous white head. Nose is musty, herbal, lightly spicy, lightly sweet. Same flavors with the sweetness picking it up a bit and a nice dry finish. Medium, balanced body. Very nice, very drinkable.
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured pale gold. Very hazy with a fluffy white head. It was very highly carbonated. Once i popped it open it over-flowed everywhere! The beer wasn’t anything special. Hints of peppery-spice, very bitter and lemony. The sage flavor was mild but definitly there.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, neck label notched at 6 A whatever that means: Pours a hazy golden bronze with a large, highly carbonated, pillowy white head that leaves big clumpy lacing behind as it subsides. Aroma is distinctively Belgian with bready yeasty notes and big peppery corainder citrus spice along with some floral aged Belgian hops. Body starts with some faint floral honey and pale malty sweetness slightly masked by foaming carbonation giving way to a good peppery coriander spice with a hint of citrus. A decent and pretty authentic Belgian styled Swiss brew.