Ughsmash (7159) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl flip-top bottle. Opened with a very expressive "pop" and a fine mist... no doubt about holding its carbonation when it hit the glass either. Lightly-hazy medium golden pour with a billowing cap of creamy white head. The nose was hugely herbal with sage, mint, and others... opened up the sinuses a little bit like some Ricola. The high carbonation fills the mouth, but it lingers a bit too long on the palate before going down. Flavors of hefty sage, grassy hops, some metal, mint, white pepper, and lemongrass. Didn’t flow exceptionally well, but this was certainly intriguing and unique.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours hazy golden with a gigantic white head. Aroma of spices, yeast, and slightly floral. The flavor is sweet, bitter, spices are present, carbonated, citrusy, and slight fruit. Good body, good brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BCTC 06 Pours a hazy blonde color with a thick, frothy, white head. Very appealing aroma of hay, it’s almost like putting your nose in a haystack. Very good flavor of hay, it’s also fruity and dry in the finish. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Very impressive.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. Hazy golden with huge head, tiny bubble carbonation. Decent lacing. Strong herbal presence in aroma, I guess it’s sage, not really familiar with it. Sour background character I can’t pinpoint. Flavor again has a huge herbal kick up front, tons of white pepper, skunky-grassy hop character towards the finish. Finishes sort of dry and woody, but metallic at the same time. IMO muddled altogether, tough beer to enjoy.
BBB63 (6087) - 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.