BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 1, 2009 Bottle thanks to boomer0813 and ericandersnavy. Pours with a huge bone colored head over a hazy golden body. Aroma of ginger, coriander, bread, lemon and orange peel, and a ton of other spices including cardamon, grains of paradise and sage. Taste is very spiced with a bunch of citrus peel, jasmine, sage and bread malts. Very lively/effervescent mouthfeel.
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cL bottle at RBSG2009. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Mild fruity and slight soapy aroma. Yeasty and fruity flavoured. Light phenolic too.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle many thanks to Andy. Beautiful label, and nice-looking hazy bright gold pour, but this beer was just not for me. So much spice. Coriander and grains of paradise and other spices predominant on the nose. Couldn’t even really feel out any banana or yeast or citrus. Bummer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml shared by durhambeer - thanks, Bob! The nose is immediately attractive, a very spicy followup to the NG Imp Saison we’d just shared. But the nose is the best thing about the beer, to me. Nice looking pour, with a robust body. But the spice and yeast sharpness dissipate quickly, leaving a slightly tart and not altogether satisfying brew.
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a bright gold with a one to two finger foamy white head. The nose is spicy, huge coriander presence, yeasty, orange rind, very pungent and spicy. Cloying with time. Flavor is spicy, lots of coriander, sweet, citrusy. Spicy palate with an orange peel bite. Gets tiresome, would stop at 4-6 oz.
Tmoney99 (10798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Noogfest High 5.
Poured hazy orange yellow color with a medium frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeasty sour citrus and herbs aroma. Medium body with a tingly smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.
My expectations where met with an above average beer for style.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky golden yellow with a medium white head, a bit darker than your average witbier. Aroma of coriander, orange peel, odd spice (I’ll guess lavender) and yeast. Most witbiers are just average and rather thin once you hit the taste department, but this double version came across quite nicely. Coriander, yeast, caramel malt, fruit, orange peel and spices are very evident and perhaps a little alcohol too. My first brew of the smokestack seriers comes across as a winner.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Corked bottle. Pours a light, dense and cloudy cheddar orange with a nose of coriander, bready orange peel, and a hint of banana. Flavor is a citrusy rush of orange followed immediately by bready coriander and lemon. Slight pineapple in the finish. Mouthfeel is too avereage to be appreciated. Not bad, but not the best I’ve had.
drjay44 (2667) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 750 ml. bottle. Batch 1-2009. Pours a huge white over a golden (SRM 10) cloudy body.....nose of ginger, pineapple, banana, apple...taste initially is ginger, then pineapple, caramel, lemon, bit of clove at the very end, although it seems sweet because of the spices it finishes medium dry....mouth feel is medium as is carbonation. A very complex brew that has so many phenolics and added spices it is hard to get them all, and unfortunately comes dangerously close to becoming a soda.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2011 Initial Rating Date 7/18/2009: 2.9: A big, volumous foam with a hazy golden body. Aroma is a strong punch in the nose from banana, orange, foaming shoe cleaner spray, brown sugar. Loads of coriander a slight citrus flavor. Quite prickly mouthfeel. this is a big, beautiful looking beer that is a bit overspiced. This double wit fad will pass.
Rerate 6/17/2011: Hazy, golden color with a nose of coriander and honey. Quite fizzy but refreshingly so and very deceiving for such a high abv. This beer, with additional blending of a sour, has improved this beyond description. Marvelous and has convinced me that double witbier can certainly be done well. Citrus, Lysol (in a good way) mango all show their faces. Kudos, Boulevard.