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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, courtesy SoLan. Pours a brazen, goldish color with a billowing head of ivory tinted foam. The tall head slowly collapses, leaving sticky webs of lacing behind. Aromas include fresh, sweet, honeyed wheat grain and bread, with notes of fruity banana and toasty, spicy oak. Hints of citrus hops creep in as well, lending zesty aromatics. The flavor largely follows suit, quite sweet from all the caramelized wheat malt. Oaky vanilla lends further sweetness, while the fruity, floral, citrus hops add a slightly deficient counterpoint. The palate is medium-plus in stature and a little sugary, sporting a lively carbonation that really pushes the flavors around the mouth. Overall, it’s a pretty decent stab at the style, but nothing I’d be rushing back to any time soon.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint citrus on the nose, particularly similar to tropical fruit. Initial flavor some some sweetness akin to an english barleywine, balanced out by the citrus-like hoppy bitterness. Orange peel and banana are also prevalent. This certainly gives the beer a lot of characteristics of a wheat wine, though in the end its definitely more of a barleywine.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy orange. Obnoxious head. Woody, bitter aroma. Boring flavor. Strng but bland. A little citrusy, thick wheaty, and a dark fruit finish.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma of apples and pears. Flavor has lots of malt, nicely bitter throughout. Decent body. Unusual for the style, but tasty enough.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Grand Cru in Nashville. Pours hazy light copper with a frothy off white head. Aroma of spice, candi sugar, and banana esters. Medium bodied with a fine Belgian like carbonation. Flavor of pale wheat malts and candi sugar with a strong white pepper and phenolic finish. The oak adds some dryness and vanilla. Not very cohesive for me, especially the finish.
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From DC Local tasting. Poured a hazy yellow with a thin creamy head. Aroma is subtle: light yeast and florals. Taste has too much fruitiness and esterly qualities to be an outstanding barley wine. The white grape and melon characters are excellent, just imparted in the wrong style.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Medium off-white head atop cloudy apple cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, berry, cantaloupe, some wheat, bubblegum. Taste is moderately sweet, wheat, candi sugar, some cantaloupe, light alcohol. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly spicy, fairly sweet, fruity esters. Not offensive, but nothing I’d want to drink again.