GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Think of the opening to the second Godfather movie: A column of weary looking Italians march in a dry, arid field. It is a funeral procession, elegiac and rattled. The mourners march, kicking up a trail of yellow dust. Suddenly a gun shot rings out, people panic, and a young man collapses. Tragedy strikes, as it only can Sicily. Now it’s 2006, and a weary college student and his father hike along the steep streets of Taormina. The roads are lined with exhausted tourists, marching from the gelateria to a shoe shop and back, straining under the beating of a hot Sicilian sun. The boy and his father are soaked like they just came from a Turkish bath, and right when their limbs give away they reach a small cluster of chairs and tables atop the craggy road. There they point to the first items their weary fingers can manage and find themselves eating and drinking, slowly replenishing their strength. Then a sip rings out. Death. Tragedy strikes again. The boy collapsed on the cheap checkered table, a Birra Messina in his hand. The father weeps.
Though the story may be embellished, the sentiment is not. Lord, what an awful beer. After sweating my organs out I figured anything cold and bubbling would taste good enough to at least re-hydrate my parched tongue. But even in that simple task the Messina failed. It must have some sophisticated molecular engineering behind it because even after two full glasses I was still thirsty and my mouth was still dry. I had to rely on the grease on the pizza to wet my palate. Even the ice at the stinking fish market next door seemed attractive after this disastrous beer went down. Let me scour for a lesson in this beer somewhere. Ah, here’s one: pale lagers make you want to throw the nearest liftable piece of furniture. You know, this didn’t taste a shade different from all the waste college kids back at home drown their sorrows in. It was still tasteless, flavorless, a bit dry and as mentioned above, hardly a liquid at all. I’d be better off swallowing hot coals and laying in the hot sun until the local Catholic parish picked me up and gave me some spare holy water. Ugh. Man, I thought Europe was sophisticated. Screw that. I’m going to Wal-Mart, ‘git me some O’Douls.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tastes like it looks: like a sweet pale lager. It’s mostly inoffensive apart from a sugary adjunct base. Makes me even think I’d prefer an Australian lager. Maybe.
MiP (15273) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Golden colour, small, fizzy white head. Standard bad lager, some citric flavours.
Dorqui (2188) - Brescia, ITALY - JUL 25, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Compact foam, insufficient volume, average resistance. Intense yellow color, limpid and with a discreet fizz. Rather alcoholic and bitterish scent with notes of discreet hop and malt. Lightly prickly but determined and nearly balsamic taste in the nose. Overbearing and pleasant bitter. Much herbaceous and fresh one.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Golden colour with a thin white head. Malty, light sweet aroma with a heavy skunky note. Malty, buttery flavor with notes of grain and fruit.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a small white head. Malty, skunky aroma and a sweet malty, corny, skunky taste. Light body with a light dry finish.
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear yellow coloured with a white head.
Skunky aroma of malts and fruits.
Flavour of malts and fruits with light hoppy notes.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A Mes rate: At La Porchetta with a wonderful pizza but sadly not a wonderful beer. Served ice cold for a start which never helps but this is clearly one of the most bland and uninteresting beers I have ever tried. Initial faint flavour of malt and what can only be described as a mildy hoppy finish - the only distinguishing attribute I can detect. Tastes very much like a crap lager with tap water in it.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Golden color, aroma is a bit fruity, hoppy and grainy.
Too watery and too alcoholic. Bad sticky palate.
skortila (5303) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Skunky aroma of faint hops and grain. Clear, yellow coloured, no head. Watery taste, sweet, grainy, the usual.