rdixon77 (372) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of the few beers where I think I prefer the aroma and am disappointed by the taste. It was pretty light amber pour. Had a nice crisp basil scent. Balanced with a malty background. The taste was a little off-putting. Almost tasted like a natural food market. The basil was too much, the grassiness was also a bit overwhemling. I didnít get a great amount of sweetness from the honey. A little bit of spice at the end. Interesting beer that was certainly flavorful and nice enough for the hot summer evening. Probably not one Iíll be reaching for again though.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy amber pour with a fluffy white head. Big basil aroma with lots of other vegetable notes. Some mild honey sweetness. Flavor has a lot of basil and grassy notes with a very subtle suggestion of honey at the end to enhance the basil flavor. Interesting but pretty tasty.
JStax (2400) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 ounce refrigerated bottle. Appearance is nicely translucent amber with a beige head of sticky, bubbly foam. Aroma is vegetables, some vanilla cream, and pumpkin spice? Weird for sure. Taste is somewhat pleasant. Iím surprised. Just a little sweet with a nice rounded spicy note. Nice summer beer.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber beer with a creamy off white head. Some spice and green vegetal notes in the nose. Warm, malty sweetness with lots of grass and green taste to it. I get basil in it but it could just be suggestive. Okay beer.
jcweaver (748) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a medium white head. Dried basil aroma with a hint of sweetness. Strong basil flavor with a sweet malt backbone. Very interesting brew but not my favorite as Iím not big on basil. Probably quite tasty if you like the flavor of basil.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Indeed, both honey and basil identifyable; Herbal, sweet and strangely exotic. Balance is good, but the finish exhibits some of the less agreeable liquorice notes cooked basil can have. Light bodied, not even very slick. More interesting than great.
minjaben (4) - Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance: It pours a clear dark golden orange, with a dark tan, quickly dissipating coarse head.
Smell: Very interesting. Like a light pesto Ė the basil definitely comes through. Perhaps hints of clove and caramel. Somewhat sweet smell, and the hops are masked.
Taste: Itís a bit off-putting, to be honest. The body is very thin, and the taste is of metallic, minerally basil, with a barely perceptible sweetness. The finish fades quickly and abruptly, with an echo of dark hops after the swallow. Not entirely enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Sticky and kind of thin. Carbonation bites at the initial sip, and then is not very present at all.
Overall: I donít like this. I admire the audacity of going for something creative, and can certainly enjoy the end result, but it just doesnít turn out well for this beer. Not a pleasing taste. The water they used is very hard, the basil doesnít add enough satisfying body to make it enjoyable, and the hops taste a little stale.
Amendment Ė It grew on me a little after I had a bit. The hops used are understated so as to add a light bitterness and let the basil shine. To be fair, I did like the basil flavor, but it was unappealing with the metallic quality at first. The basil still lingers on the finish and meshes with the hops, which is nice.
Reid (1724) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz single from "Lifesource",Salem
Pretty normal looking amber beer with a nice tight ,creamy off white head.
Certainly very much basil on the aroma,slight caramel and bread in the background
Wow odd basil centered taste....after the shock yu can start to pick up the nice honeyish notes and the caramel malts
Actually OK on the palate.
Odd beer indeed..like nothing I have had before but i can drink it
beerme31 (433) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours copper full tan head. Strong honey and basil aroma. Unique and pleasant aroma. Taste is mildly sweet from the honey. Medium body, average carbonation, somewhat lingering sticky basil flavored finish. Nice and refreshing overall, paired well with the chicken cacciatore. Wouldnít drink many of these in one sitting.
Erika_Jay (5) - - APR 20, 2012 does not count
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Refreshing, with a very obvious vegetal aroma and taste. The basil taste was mild but the overall herbaceousness was overpowering and almost cloying. It paired very well with food (grilled marinated chicken skewers and a summer salad with asparagus) but was too much to drink on its own after a few sips. Interesting and worth a taste, but I had a hard time finishing a full glass. Perhaps it would have benefited from a better balance with the honey.