TAR (2598) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich rufous. Soapy, fully sustained large-bubbled foam deposits sticky patches on the glass. Mildly phenolic, sulfurous nose with a bright blend of sugared currants, floral hops, and honey. Light waft of cheesy yeast. Soft on the palate, but with an effervescent edge. Fuller than expected, with a palate-hugging mixture of toast and husky (Pilsner?) malt. Airy phenols negate the rounded wax notes. Oddly meaty at times, and although the medicinal flavors never fully surface, the lack of acidity fails to complement and offset the alcohol-saturated currant sweetness and muddled malt aspects. Forceful alcohol muffles what little brightness remains. Finishes semi-husky and ever so doughy, as toffee glazed straw flavors accompany a powdery brush of pulverized grains and spice-nuanced floral hops. A nice dessert beer, although I’d like to see more brightness to match the sweetness, along with less alcohol presence and meatiness. Not quite the standout I was longing for, and definitely not something you’d want more than once or twice a year.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - deep malt and dark fruit, of course. Deep gold to pale amber with a massive white head - see the picture! Slight malt flavor that yields to a sweet currant finish. Very refreshing! Also has a very fizzy, very Belgian mouthfeel. I like this one!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clouded amber appearance. Mild sweet fruity berry aroma. Dryish sparkling flavor, cassis is mild and well controlled, dry in the finish.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m surprised this one’s received such low ratings. Pours orange with a decent white head. Smells strongly of black currants gumballs and grapes. Tastes very tarte with a nice big apricot and black currant blend. Sweet and lively mouthfeel. Great, light finish. Maybe Italy’s the next big brewing country?
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled on 11-2003; thanks to fiulijn - very cloudy amber-orange colour with a giant and nervous foamy head which leaves a nice lacing; subtle fruity nose (berries and apples), somehting between a fruity white wine and a semi-dry champagne; very carbonated, creamy mouthfeel, sweet but balanced by an initial tartness; the finish is a bit dry and fruity (apple and, at last, blackcurrant) - a good aperitiv but nothing exceptional
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale amber, foamy whit head, great classy looks. The bottle itself is fun to look at on top of that. White currant dominates the nose among a sandy dryness. Sweet fruit focus, heavily estery yeast. Soapy, and branches like woodiness procure almost enough dryness to counter the heavy fruit sweetness. As a fruit beer, excellent, but as a day to day drink, I’ll pass. Expansive carbonation, foaming in the mouth gently.
arhythmt (69) - USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth, interesting beer that makes use of black currant flavoring. I like this beer: It begins a bit sweet, hoppy, and spicy, but as you drink it the flavor mellows into a very smooth, mellow sort of flavor. The black currant is in there as the ultimate palate is a bit tart, which is a nice change from the initial sweetness. Tried it at the Seattle Int’l Beer Festival.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a cloudy effervescent reddish brown with a fluffy white head. Lightly sweet fruity aroma, very nice. Taste is some fruit, but suppressed by an extremely strong biting carbonation. This beer is way, way too carbonated. It effervesces in your mouth and dissappears, leaving you completely stumped to its whereabouts. This beer would have been much better if it had the body of beer and not champagne.
litio (4) - ITALY - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
strange beer, make with base from dessert wine.
you need 10 minute before start drinking, the head is very large.
good with sweets and cakes
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured with a sweet and strong malt and fruit nose. Very Large Head here, the picture does not lie. Taste is full of random fruit and has some hops to go with the malt. This was a strange brew, enjoyable.