17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light hazy yellow with lots of fine tiny bubbles and a small white sudsy froth. Strong citrus aroma of lemon-grass and pine with light hints coriander, soft ripe banana and wheat. Tart citric lemon first taste that is quickly quelled by soft wheat. I like the tartness a lot, however, its funny I would have guessed that the wheat was malted as its not gritty tasting. The spices are barely noticeable as the tart/sourness really is the focus. The licorice root and coriander play nicely together but are very faint. Crisp lemon, licorice and a touch of banana in the finish. The licorice and banana flavors really do taste like a juicy pear. Light bodied with light but very sharp carbonation, mine is not nearly as carbonated as others indicate, it is very clean and yea... lemon-soda-like.
GarrettB (1315) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s hard to say no to a fancified beer like this, the Blanches des Moines, complete with ornate drop cap. With a lighter wallet and a full glass I dive into the beer with relish. A semi-thick head clambers to the rim of the glass, with larger bubbles exploding into miniaturized versions. The body is very cloudy, looking like a full glass of melted butter. Dry orange rind, clove, juniper and evergreen needles lunge out and grab the nose amidst a wheaty backdrop, commanding the attention of your entire olfactory faculty. The flavor is similarly dry at first, but comes with a surprise burst of sweetness right before the aftertaste. Bright and crisp, the Blanche Des Moines delivers a lemon and wheat sparkle, before hitting the drinker with the concluding sweet banana esters. Served fresh and cold, this is a wonderful beer for the Spring season.
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle purchased at Coaltrain Wine and Liquor. Pours hazy yellow with an average, frothy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw), average hops (flowers, lemon), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of pear, coriander, and ginger. Light bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. This wit bier poured with a thick white head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The mouth feel is highly carbonated and the flavor is fruity and spicy with a malty tinge.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750, corked and caged. Pours hazy yellow with a lacy white head. Aroma of corriander, lemon. Cotton candy and fruit taste. Light-ish body with medium carbonation. Spicy, but otherwise kinda nothin’ finish. I’m not getting any indication of the extract of licorice root.
thedm (5282) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This numbered 2814 corked and caged bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN pored a glass of all foam. The head was made up of finely sized white colored mostly diminishing bubbles. Once it died down, it it left behind a softly carbonated slightly hazy yellow white colored body. The aroma was of mild coriander malts and hops. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish. The flavor was slightly acidic with soft floral hop notes.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
An average beer would be about the best thing I could say about this one. It didn’t really have one particular thing about the beer that stood out, but it was a decent beer all the way around. An aroma of oranges, herbaceous and hay. Very light in the mouthfeel with an overabundance of carbonation (what is is with Belgian’s and carbonation?). Flavors of spiced oranges and wheat. Sublte yeast characteristics make an appearance, as does corriander and lemongrass. Good enough to be refreshing.
beerguy101 (5344) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This Belgian Wit pours a light yellow gold color from a cork 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is wheat, lemon and citrus. A lighter bodied wit. The malts are fruity and wheaty. Lots of lemon, lemon peel and citrus flavors as well as some wheat and spice. Lively carbonation, really lively, fizzy is the word. It’s a little thin tasting as well, probably due to the lower alcohol content. It is light and refreshing at least. Kind of a cross between a wit and a tart raddler, a nice beer for a warm evening. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured pale yellow with huge white head that persisted. The nose was citrus fruit and spice, but the flavor was overwhelmingly lemon. Puckering lemon.
PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Bright yellow pour with a slight haze to the body and a vanishing head. Light wheat in the nose, subtle lemon, musty basement and light coriander. Fizzy-seltzer-like body. The flavor seems watered down with restrained lemon notes along with paper and subdued coriander. Watery and lacking character.