CanIHave4Beers (2765) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this a week ago, and it was just so damn interesting I have to rate it. That being said it is not that it was the most wonderful beer I have ever had, just one of the more interesting. The bottle opened with a champagne pop and almost a gush, the bartender gave me the cap just to show me how this brewery seems to know this thing is out of control, I think this is the most heavy duty beer cap I have ever seen. This thing pours like champagne too, the enormous head does stick around though leaving lace. The beer is slightly hazy blonde. The champagne theme continues with the aroma, very dry but floral at the same time... at times almost daisy like. The taste was once again dry, most of the bitterness seems to be herbal and coming from the flowers, which is very different and in some ways refreshing. I quite enjoy this.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa, FL). Pours a clear yellow color with thin off-white head. Little retention and lacing. Aroma is spicy and floral with sweet and hoppy notes, nuts, mint, spearmint, pine. Flavor is slightly sweet and dry like a saison, but with notes of soft mint, basil, honey and spice. Generally light to medium body with a spicy finish. Watch when opening--this bottle was a gusher.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy straw gold. Aroma is floral with herbs, pineapple, light fruit and mint. Flavor is similar with spice.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a huge foamy off-white head. Aroma consists of citrus peel, grapefruit and flowers. There is a nice malty balance to the citrus peel/ fruit presence with a hoppy floral finish.
Travlr (9839) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber, thin pale head. Aroma of freshly mown grass. Dry, malty, spiced. Not sure about this one. Gentian is a disinfectant that I’ve used to clean out people’s wounds in the emergency room.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of one of our tasting member.
Aroma / taste, floral and herbal. Love the idea of the unique use of this flower gentian that really brought something new to a beer.
Beer was really smooth to sip, leaving a fresh floral/herbal feel almost of mint.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small white rim over hazy yellow beer. Spicy, but not overspiced nose, and also a slight chocolate aroma? Again fine spicy taste, this time more coriander-like, but not domination. Light body, and preciously little palate. Doable. Not one you make big searches for, but if you stumble upon it, one to try - only if it is for the gentian.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An expensive Italian beer generously brought by Sean to a PP tasting. Nice aroma. Smooth, easy to drink. Lemony, but not sour. Light amber color. Very good.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting at PP C-bad, thanks to Peruster! Cloudy light orange hue, no head/lacing. Nose is big floral tones (violet, lilac, lavender), honey, citrus, spice. Taste is light and subdued, mostly honey sweetness with pears, floral tones take over midway with grassy and earthy hops, finishes lightly sweet. Thin and watery texture with minimal carbonation. Overall a nuanced and complex specialty beer with fluctuating flavors and light body. Interesting.
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by tertons (I think). Its a gusher. With the beautiful light golden shiny body looks awesome in the glass. Aroma is lemon grass, perfume, and spicy wheat. I bet the gentian is responsible for most of it. The spicy really takes over. A bit too much on the lemon-y side, even for me. Taste is a bit more relaxed but still too much lemon. Easy drinking with a bit of nice placed residual sugar sweetness in the very end of the flavor. Of course the carbonation is strong and stingy.