Cletus (6250) - 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?
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 GBBF 2003 - tutored tasting: Sweet bubblegum like nose. Metallic also honey melon. Big foamy head, orange brown-amber color, liveley carbonation and a big foamy head. Taste is plums, tamarind and licorice. Medium aftertaste, nice bottle and well balanced. RERATE: May 2007.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled December 31, 2004, Sampled October 2005
Explosively carbonated, I barely get an inch and a half of beer into my Duvel Tulip, the rest of the glass is foam. The beer is a lightly hazy copper color, with a light tan creamy Meringue like head. The aroma is dry and fruity with notes of Riesling, and spicy notes like Sauvignon Blanc. I also get notes of raisins, hints of vanilla, a light acidic note. The aroma is really nice and fruity, I really have not done it justice to just how good it is, it really is like a fruity dry white wine.
The taste is pretty dry, yet it still has a fruity sweetness especially towards the middle and end. The fruit character is again reminiscent of a fruity white wine. The beer though is quite light on the palate, and of course entirely spritzy as it rolls across the tongue. There is a light acidity here, separate from the biting carbonic acid note in the finish, that helps to accent the fruit notes as well. I get notes of grape, peach, pear, a bit of ginger, and some definite honey notes. There are some beery notes here as well, it is not all fruit; the grain is definitely noticeable, especially in the finish with a light clean malt note.
I really like this beer, it is so light and refreshing yet still quite flavorful, really a good mix between sparkling wine and beer.
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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.
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It took my a long time to pick this up, due to the high sticker price and low rating score. However, I spotted this with a reasonable price tag and I am not disappointed. As advertised, this weirdly shaped bottle (which makes tilting a pain) pours with a huge head, which never goes away leaving a very sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The color is a very dirty, murky, muted yellow, with no clarity at all. The more you pour the darker and dirtier it gets. I love the head but the color needs some work, just ends up looking like a dirty beer. At the last pour, with all the floaties, its almost a brown color. Aroma is full of thick, mainly slightly aged, Belgian malts with some alcohol coming through as well. Some airy Belgian character with sweet yeasty dough-ness and a light berry at the very end of the aroma. Taste is again surprisingly strong with some alcohol, thick golden maltiness which comes off as a bit like golden syrup. The best part is the finish which givrs a kick of chocolate and then dark chocolate berry liqueur. Its a strong, sweet kick and this is where the cassis shines.
750mL bottle, labels says 6.4%, Westvleteren goblet glass.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft. a dry gritty wheat with light berry flavoring. reminds me of an ephemere - the funky, fruity tones of the yeast are really nice. tart , dry finish. i only had a sample of this one but it was extremely tastey. if it hadn’t been so pricey i would have had several.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is sweet with light sour notes, light musk. Cloudy orange with huge white head, loads of carbonation and nice lacing. Flavor is sweet/sour, more grape and plum than current. The sour notes are in great compliment to the sweetness. This bottle might have spent a few years in a cellar, and is showing great balance. High carbonation but generally drinkable palate.
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 vintage 750ml bottle. effervescent sparkling gold, slightly cloudy. naturally carbonated, billowy tall head. slightly oxidized nose of black currant and grape jolly rancher, moderately sweet with heavy floral yeast present. floral spices up front turns more to semi-sweet grape and green apple jolly rancher (green apple?). delicate and soft carbonation joins with a dry and pillowy malt texture, finishing with a quiet note of apple spice and cassis. works really well when chilled but develops some flavors (mostly yeast) that don’t work so well when warmer. treat it like white wine, keep chilled.
meerbier (1373) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Typical aroma, do I detect Brett? Well it’s smells like it. Tasting it is a complete different world. Sweet, full, fruity but luckily not too much Cassis, well hopped. Nice balance and out of the ordinary fruit beer. Good stuff.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - SEP 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 <i>2008-10-31, tasting at Papsoe, 6-5-6-3-14=34</i>Cloudy deep blond, huge head. Creamy aroma, milky, not fruity. Good mouthfeel, sweetish malt flavor, light sourness and fruitness, delicate, balanced, leading into a more balanced flavor; good but not surprising.
<i>2002-07-24, bottle at the brewpub, 7-5-7-4-14=37<i>
Served in a 75cl bottle, it comes with a tray of different sorts of cheese; poured by the waiter in 2 giant original glasses &#40;look at the picture, each is about 1 litre&#41;.
Hazy amber colour, giant head &#40;at least 15 cm&#41;, rocky, that sticks to the glass in a beautiful lace.
Nice aroma, not particularly strong: malt, fruits &#40;cassis&#41;. <i>Italian Doppio Malto</i> as a base &#40;that means Bock beer&#41;, corrected by the fruit and a hopping stronger than the average. The malt is quite good, leaving some sweetness, and participating in a good body structure; the fruit is discrete, the hop may be too strong and the bitterness hides the fruit.
As most of the beers from this brewery, it´s bottom fermented; the fruits come as a syrup, I heard that it´s produced by some farmer in Alto Adige region.