RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours burnt orange with a HUGE, white cumulous cloud of a head. The pours is nuts! Aroma reminds me of biere de gardes actually, with a lot of grassy, peppery hops, wheat, sourdough bread, cumin, and something fruity (starfruit? kiwi?). I see the sauvignon blanc comparison. Tastes of bread, pepper, sourdough, caramel, spicy hops, white wine, wood, and cumin or similar spice. Finishes with a toasty, and spicy hop presence lingering, but some sweet caramel, and bready malt flavors linger as well. Big fluffy mouthfeel makes the beer feel thick and light at the same time, and of course the carbonation is quite high (but thankfully unannoying). You know, Iíve loved all the wheatwines Iíve tried so far, but this is the first one that isnít tickling my fancy. I didnít really want a Belgian beer from this style. Itís nice as a biere de garde, but itís just not what I want a wheatwine to be (for the record, I LOVE Smuttynoseís version).
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lightly hazy orange color with a huge head that fades but retains a small head and leaves a good lace. The aroma is fruity with apple and fresh hops with some oaky wine like notes and a bit of soapiness. The flavor is nicely hoppy and spicy with a good oakiness and some mild vinous character. There is a great fruit profile with pear orange and cherry. The beer is complex but well balanced... I find it almost hard to believe this is a wheat beer; the typical flavors are not there at all.
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a four inch head over three inches of clear orange beer. This beer was right around 40deg F when I poured it, I canít imagine what sort of volcano it would have poured if it was near cellar temp. So I waited for the head to settle and the beer to warm up. Nose is noticeably hoppy with the sweet wheat/yeast. First taste is hops and the wheat malt with the sweet bubblegum fruit flavors following. The sweet fruit evolves to a distinct ripe/sweet apple flavor and a nice malty finish. There is a strong alcohol presence in the initial taste that makes this a bit rough initially on the palate, but the alcohol does dissipate soon after its initial bump. This beer finishes sweet and smooth and altogether satisfying. A strong showing and worth a repeat trip.
Trev (1843) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark gold pour with a huge white pillowy head.
aroma is wheat malt banana and apple fruitiness, a hint of alc, light woody hop.
Banana and spice wheat flavour, some caramel maltiness and warming alc. light vanilla and some lemon citrus tartness in the finish.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark murky orange with fluffy of-white head. Aroma of nice fruity accents, faint barnyard, white grapes, gentle oak as well as light light wheat malt. Flavor has subtle malt, nice citrus notes, faint orange peel, earthy, musty, nicely blended hoppy flavor with a little bit of oak rounds the corners, a citrus peel bitterness in the end with a nice warming alcohol spiciness. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body, soft texture with lively, fizzy carbonation. Overall, I very much enjoyed this. Almost like drinking a Belgian strong ale.
Mora2000 (5358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange-brown with a huge, dark white head. The aroma is strongly wheaty, with a lot of alcohol as well. You get some citrus and grassy hops, more than expected. The flavor is wheat with the same earthy and citrus hops that were in the nose. You also get some Belgian yeast. This beer is very carbonated and has a medium mouthfeel. A sipper that changes both flavor and aroma as it warms.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. Batch 1-2009, Best Before 10/10 printed on the label. Served at ~45 degrees in my Boulevard Tank 7 Tulip glass. Pour is a hazed orange golden copper, with a few floaties, active carbonation bubbles and a big billowy 4 inch off white head. Head falls with a bunch of foamy lacing. Aroma of white grapes, fresh citrus and resin hops, and an earthy cattiness. Fresh and bright nose. Taste is sweet grape juice and fruit off the bat, followed close behind by the citrus hops and finishing with the grain resin wheat character. Aftertaste has some sweet honey, clove and general spice yeastiness. Palate is medium bodied, soft natural carbonation, and a lingering yeast finish. Quite a bit of clove hangs around. Tons of character in this beer, nicely integrated with hardly any alcohol noticeable. Really unique and fun beer. Certainly my favorite Wheat Wine that I have had.
Odde (305) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to drfabulous! big frothy head on this one. medium bodied and rather sweet. wheat and some fruity jingles. iím not certain this had reached its prime yet.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle, corked & caged...fairly fresh 2009 bottle, sampled early 2010: Huge, tightly bubbled and dense ivory foam that diminishes into broken styro-chunks. Clear, pink copper. Strong fruity aroma with a decent depth of character: tangerines, bubblegum, yeast, phenols, alcohol, and dough. Looking through the side of the glass, the streams of tiny bubbles rise in dozens of streams, reminding me of the terminal screen in the Matrix, only copper, with white characters...zesty & extremely lively on the tongue...close to fizzy, but the carbonation dies quickly on the tongue. Dry and slightly hoppy, with flower resins. The oak is noticeable, but not very complex or all that interesting. The fruit comes back again in the finish: slightly sour sweet tarts, pink lady apples, and grapes.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 1/9/2010 Source:Other) Spicy with light fruits in aroma. Slightly cloudy dark golden with small white head. Lots of Belgian yeast character, quite citrusy with a bitter peppery character. Finish is dry, bitter, slightly astringent.