GT2 (9264) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at Paradiso. Labeled as a saison. But in fact this is more vienna
or lagerish with sweet malt, some cloying, lots of honey. Pours with no lace. No head. Ick. Almost like an ’ice’ macro lager from a gas station.
after4ever (6565) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500. Very cool little capped and foiled bottle with a snappy die-cut label covered in bright greens. Oh, those stylin’ Italians. Pours a cloudy, toffeeish light amber with a dense, creamy platinum blonde that leaves plenty of stringy lace and really sticks around for a while. Interesting nose...floral, reminiscent of sweet cream and caramel. Has an earthy tang to it at the same time. Definitely distinctive. Creamy medium body, decent amount of soft carb but not especially lively in the mouth. Balsa wood, floral notes, sweet cream, fresh earth, and caramel on the mid-palate. Lighty woody finish. Bought it on a lark, drinking it on a lark, still trying to figure out what the flavors remind me of. Couldn’t see paying 30+ cents an ounce for this (I got it half off), but it’s certainly a fine and interesting beer.
bhensonb (12150) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from JV Wine & Spirits in Napa, CA. Pours gold with a huge foamy white head. Nice aroma, but hard to describe. Medium body with foamy carbonation. The flavor is rather concord grapey. Also somewhat woody. Certainly a bittering aspect. Marvelously different and quite wonderful. Finishes clean and refreshing - but quite uncommon.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Monks Cafe Wallingatan, Stockholm. Orange color. Sweet aroma with toffee, orange, meat broth and pepper. Toffeish, orangey and gingery flavor with meat broth. Low bitterness, needs more for a balance.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish light copper fluffy slightly diminishing head. Aroma is flowery herbal tea, green and grassy- mint and harsh herbal gentian almost hints of vanilla and dough- potpourri and white cedar. Flavor is slightly salty yeasty dough, crackery malts, light toast green grassy leafy and flowery, teak with yeast in the end with a slight slick finish- herbal and grassy bitterness from the gentian. Not as bitter or harsh/astringent as some other gentian beers.
TBone (13711) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled (AR 2010)@MC
Hazy orange color, small off-white head. Grassy, leafy, cardboardish, spelt aroma. A bit tart, sweetish honey, some herbal notes in the flavor. Sweetish aftertaste. Soft palate.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Non malaccio, tutto sommato piuttosto beverina, ha qualche particolarità dovuta alla genziana ma è una birra di carattere molto sottile e non preminente, così che all’inizio l’impressione è smorzata, mentre pian piano si riesce a distinguere un tratto personale. Ma speravo in qualcosa di più incisivo da Birra del Borgo
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled@Monks Café, Wallingatan. Orange colour, small white head. Aroma is wood, some glue and mild notes of alcohol and herbs. Also some green apples. Flavour i malty, some glue, mild grassyness as well as some mild earthyness and herbs.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Redlight. Nice soury and sweet smell. Taste is kinda like sour apples. Dig it.
VertBaconStrips (2151) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First of the expensive Italian beers found at Khoury’s in Henderson, NV. Gentain? First impression makes me wish that I had access to this in Edmonton.
Poured out a bright hazy gold brew with an ok amount of white foam, leaves lots of ropy lacing and has good retention as a skim. The aroma is great with a unique sweet fruity punch, very floral and herbal. Tangerines, unsweetened berries, wet grass and an unknown herbal aroma that is new to me. Good taste as well, very balanced with all these flavours: some sort of orange, berry, weakest of pepper (maybe), grass, flowers of some sort and the mystery flavour. Medium bodied, smooth throughout even with the fine, sometimes biting carbonation. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and more orangy fruit. This was a very good beer. Would be great on a hot day.