3fourths (8554) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Sampled from a 1L bottle, 2007
Poured near the end of the bottle so the yeast was most likely heavy, but I don’t mind since the yeast smelled and tasted fantastic. Nice soft funkiness in the nose, some sour and peppery basil/herb/spice aromas, the black pepper is certainly evident, and I pick up some lavendar floral scents and something resembling spiced berries and wood. Lightly tart flavor, tingling the tongue, then turning pasty while still remaining peppery all across the palate, start to finish. Even some grassiness in the finish as well. Good stuff. Weird beer and I like weird beer. 3.8
draft @ the brewery in 2009
heavily spiced, unkempt floral/soap character. soapy and messy. 3.4
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy orangy pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aromas of hopcit, berries, some orange zest, and floral notes. The flavor is hopcitric, with the aforementioned berry and floral spicy notes, plus some malts in the background.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 Second tasting, from the tap at Bir&Fud, Roma:
The body is nowhere as thin as the bottled version I had had and the flowers and pepper are a lot better expressed. This is clean, immensely drinkable, creative and well put together. Blend a Rosée d’Hibiscus with a Route des Épices and you’ll get something similar (but a tad heavier). 3.8/5
First tasting, from the bottle:
My Bottom Line:
Sweet pot-pourri notes and pointy pink grapefruit pith ride this slender and quizzical estival quencher.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Chunks of yeast abound in the cloudy beige topped with a slim veil of foam.
-In the same "flowery, light, and quenching" category, I would much rather go for a Rosée d’Hibiscus.
-Is it the spice and flower blend, or is lactobacillus creeping up on this one?
-The citrusy fruitiness is dangerously close to that of a cleaning agent in its chemical leanings.
-Bubbles are big are take up a lot of room in the palate.
JorisPPattyn (8395) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Huge very dense & fine head; pinkish-amber beer, orange shine. Very fine, fruity-flowery nose, garden herbs and a hint of lemon(soap), touch of vanilla. Soft-sweet, very lightly fruity taste, with a sharper citrus spike, cider-like, in the bottled version. Again vanilla retronasal. Very lightly bodied, slick, a bit oily, but ending dry and extremely well-attenuated. This is probably one of the best summer drinking beer ever had - big congrats to the brewer for this effort in such a light beer.
BMan1113VR (7903) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overpriced ($17.99) bottle. Pours with a hazed golden body and a minimal bubbly white head that fades quickly. Aromas are tart and musty with notes of fruit (berries), honey, concord grapes, and saffron. Flavors of cork, bread, lactic acid, DMS, and just not entirely pleasant. Lightly herbal. Light carbonation. Odd finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on 2/3/07, thanks to boboski: Pours a transparent dark golden bronze with a fizzy, white, wispy-lacing head. Has a dry, earthy, bright floral aroma with a hint of sweetness and tartness. Body starts with an airy palate with some mild sweet and sour flavors with a touch of black pepper toward a thinner, drier floral finish. An interesting brew.
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Small creamy shiny lasting white head. Hazy opaque amber body. Vague fruity malty aroma. Mealy watery fruity taste with hoppy notes. Aftertaste just fades out. Slightly muddy mouthfeel. It’s OK, but very boring. (0.35l draft at Isola della Birra, Milan.)
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks John for bringing the bottle: Hazy deep amber hue with a small frothy head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of sour apple, brett-like funk, herbs and flowers, pepper, rye and dusty yeast esters. The taste is moderately sour and woody at first followed by a nice level of bitterness. The finish has a herbal and earthy quality. The mouth feel is dry and smooth and quite enjoyable. I liked it, a nice surprise for sure.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 1 l, avec bouchon de céramique, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Cathschlag. Arôme: Odeur de thé et de miel avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse avec une pointe de miel et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement citronné. (Rating #1662)
daniele (6400) - ITALY - AUG 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 Carico oro quasi ambrata rosata profumata floreale RINFRESCANTE leggermente speziata delicata ma presente note agrumate da luppolo