kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Pours a hazy, whitish-brown color; creamy, small-bubbled off-white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing; great-looking pour. Notes of white grapefruit, light citrus, and pleasantly herbal and spicy noble hop character in the aroma; a crisp, nicely dry, aromatic approach with even hints of passion fruit / tropical fruits mixed in; delicate, lovely stuff. Medium-full body; lively carbonation, with a medium acidity and slightly creamy texture; very small-bubbled carbonation, Champagne-like; very musty, yeasty character in the mouth: the herbal, minty, spicy noble hop character is the first to the tongue, followed by biscuity malt character (nicely dry) and that significant musty character and Champagne-like effervescence; lovely feel in the mouth, and this would pair fantastically with food; complex (though restrained) esters, well-presented noble hop character, and just an excellent minty / biscuity / yeasty combination, all told. Great stuff. Certainly carries itself with the same restrained regality of Orval, and the hop character here is just awesome (presumably even better a month ago). Medium, nicely toasty finish: lots of biscuity notes, vanilla, and herbal hop bitterness at the far end; perfectly dry closure.
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear blonde with a good head and lace. The aroma is saaz hops some hay and some nice grassiness. The flavor is very nicely clean with a great hoppy bitterness. There are lots of grassy and fruity hops. This is pretty gosh darned straight forward but it’s also remarkably well made.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a cloudy yellow with a large white fluffy head, and some lacing.
smell is of citrus, grain, malt, and a touch of spice.
taste is crisp, malt, grain, some fruit, citrus, some spice, and a few hops in the back, ends a little oily and somewhat bitter.
SudsMcDuff (6673) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hey marge! surfs up!! ..drank March 13th 2010 @ 6:30pm .. . Pours a medium gold yellow, high spritz .. . good sturdy white fluffy egg white beaten head .. . named him Terrance, then killed him and hollowed him out and made an ashtray .. medium to light bitterness, very simple but has an underlining quality .. . is this scotch tape? oh you drunk .. . just a touch of saaz, some light light honey, some water cracker .. . i never picked up an illegal alien at home depot to take home and choke me while i touched myself.. . A very nice brew that would sell very well in spring/summer if it was half the price, and it needs more Orval-like qualities ..she’s such a butthole.
Trev (1991) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pale gold pour with a lasting thick foamy white head.
aroma is lemony fruit, earthy yeasty presence, grassy hop and grainy malt.
Flavour is quite dry, lemony grassy bitterness. Some mineral earthiness to the finish.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great pils. Best I’ve had in a long time. Nice also to have a good Imp Pilsner that isn’t so heavy in bitterness and over hopped. Very pleasant. Big but not too heavy. Enjoyed with Robb while playing Tiger Woods Wii.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, batch 2-2009, best by 9/10. Thanks to Andrew (BMan1113VR) for the bottles. Slightly hazy straw with a big three finger white head, pretty good retention. Dusty saltines with some old wet pasta make up the malt while there is some hay and some light herbal hop notes on the other end. Just picking up on a little alcohol thus far. Just after agitation I get a little bit of some floral and sulfur. Flavor is again more malt forward with the saltines and pasta, and the hops are mainly of the hay variety, and more restrained than I had wanted. Dry finish with some alcohol spice noted. Bitterness peaked only around a 3 or so. Moderate carbonation with a medium full body. Pretty good, though not as good as I wanted it to be.
blutt59 (6166) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, hazy yellow with lots of creamy foam, aromas of honey, belgian sugars, cheesy, flavors of very dry minerally fruit, paper, bitter finish
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice hazy golden color. Has a nice citrus bite with fruits and nuts. Has a pleasant nutty and smokey aftertaste.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful stained-glass cheddar yellow with a nice, frothy head of white and an aroma of semi-sweet cereal and slightly buttery grapefruit hops with just a hint of rose and black pepper. Flavor is an onslaught of pilsner goodness, with fluffy bits of sweet corn, rose, butter, and a finish of slight popcorn with salty sugar. Deep and penetrating on the tongue. Wow, this is an awesome pilsner.