Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml courtesy of tytoanderso Ė thanks Tyler! Pours a highly carbonated medium gold with a big 3 finger bubbly off-white head that lasted forever and left chunky lacing on the glass. The nose is fruit, lemon zest malt and light hops. The taste is fruity with some lightly sour wheat, wood notes and citrus. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Good refreshing brew.
Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. After a big pop of the cork, it pours with a monstrous overflowing head after a normal pour. Itís a hazy muddy golden with a huge white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is some yeasty funk, and wheaty rye like alcohol. As it warms (and the head recedes), I get some of the wood notes and some fruits and a tinge of sourness too.
The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, a little sugary fruit and a bit of a bitter finish that I didnít notice until it lingered on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Given the carbonation level on pouring, Iím surprised that the mouthfeel is pretty smooth with low carbonation noticeable.
Overall, this is a pretty mellow beer (surprising given the alcohol), and nothing stands out like a huge impy stout. It is a little far on the sweet side for me. The pouring gets to be a bit annoying too - each pour, I get about an ounce of beer and tons of head.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Pours a hazy orange with a very large and frothy off white head...aroma is citrus and passion fruit, ample spice/belgian yeast, banana and some bubblegum...flavour is similarly fruity, banana and apple, pear and clove, a bit green and gritty in the mouth, young oak with the typical Smokestack burn...the spicy wheat is hidden slightly behind the abundant alcohol, and the end result comes off a bit thin in spite of the gravity...still a tasty bottle...
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle from Kahns Fine Wine and Spirits (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a hazy caramel to copper color with massive off-white head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of floral esters, cooked veggies, caramel, hops, light spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, honey, grass, yeast, bread, floral esters. Medium body with a pleasing fruit finish.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is great. Citrus, wheat, wheaties, alcohol. Citrus and wheat - strong and pleasant. Subtle banana is there as well, but hidden. Dusty notes in the nose too. Pours hazy golden orange nice fizzy head, lasting due to nice carbonation. Wheaty up front, citrus, light banana, honey, dusty bitterness. Love the citrus/wheat combo. Problem w this one is the overcarbonation. Too much for me and becomes too belgian influienced for style. Still solid. Flavorwise it is fantastic.
bvc (1156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml sent to me from mreusch, thanks man! Opens with a huge pop and pours with super aggresive head. Light caramel golden in color. Sweet banana, apples, honey, bubblegum, bready wheat...really has a Belgium characteristic. This is just another wheat wine (a style I enjoy) that just shows how much this style varries. Tight fizzy carbonation. Sweet honey toasted wheat, faint lemon, Belgium candi, and bit of fresh French oak. Another solid beer from Boulevard, bit this one could use a bit more body and less carbonation.
dchmela (2633) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy Solan. Poours a hazy orange with a big frothy head. Pungent citrus hops, wheat aroma and lots of booziness. Taste has lots of orange, wheat and honey flavors. Complex and good.
Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy light amber (some light protein chunks starting to form as well), bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (basement, cobwebs), with notes of dried mango, lemon zest, alcohol, pepper.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Quite delightful...the aroma is really the only aspect thatís a little less than exciting, but itís certainly estery and pleasant. No evidence of oak to my nose. Wonderful balance in the mouth, as the bitterness and alcohol wash away the sweetness well. It leans toward the sweet side just a bit too much, keeping it from a 9 or 10 score, but itís clean and non-fatiguing. This is, actually, not too far from a tripel in style...a little more bitterness and yeastiness, and this would be right on the frickiní money. Great stuff, and one I might get a couple of to cellar for 3 or 4 months, if only to hope some more yeast character pops up.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big time pillow of white head that just explodes upon pour. Beyond this I wasnít all that impressed. The beer was well balanced and clean. It just seemed to lack anything to make it memorable. Other than the foam of course. Will give this one another chance though....
TAR (2468) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 Rufous golden. Billowing white head slowly subsides into a broken cap. Phenolic on the nose with notes of honeysuckle, tangerine, banana pudding, cotton candy, clove, bubblegum and oxidation (sherry). Mildly cobwebby, as well. Feisty carbonation immediately expands as it meets the tongue. Initially dryish with a fiercely peppery surge of alcohol. Dab of cotton candy merges with a vibrant peach and citrus marmalade push. Munich malt pleasantly dusts the palate with powdery textures along with some honey-drizzled cakey girth. No oaky tannins detected, but certainly more than enough sugars. Dryish but notably viscous which keeps the peppery alcohol and spicy phenolics at bay. Banana lends some slickness as notes of bubblegum accentuate the relatively low attenuation. Hops yield a smidge of zesty bitterness which matches the floral succulence in intensity, though much of the brightness is obscured by the residual tackiness. Faint oxidation (wet paper) exacerbates the alcoholic astringency and also suppresses the lurking fruity esters. Scratchy black pepper finish is borderline medicinal with plasticlike phenols lurking alongside brash tangerine zest and peppery alcohol. On the sweet side, but plenty of yeasty nuance (phenols, cotton candy, vibrant fruitiness, etc.), vivacious carbonation and a lovely aroma.