hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle by way of beachbum25.
pours a hazy rich iced tea color with some floaties of yeast. it*s capped by a gigantic airy sandy tinted off white head. lots of pillowy lace clings to the inside of the glass.
aromas of honey, malty sweetness, orange, grassy hops, florals, bruised fermenting red apples and cider spiciness.
fairly sweet on the palate but not cloying... caramel apple, grainy sugar, a bit of spice and a touch of yeast before a somewhat dry mildly bitter finish. spices and fruit linger around in the aftertaste. more than medium body with a smooth rich mouth feel which is cut up by prickly carbonation.
solid. just a bit too sweet for my liking...
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by skyview. Gushing bottle pours a hazy caramel with a huge rocky beige head. Aroma is caramel, candi sugar, belgian yeast, and the alcohol is well hidden. Flavor is chalky caramel, a touch of alcohol, belgian yeast, and apples. Dryish and somewhat tart.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a hazy deep golden to rust in color. Aromas were of yeast, spice, citrus and light caramel. In the mouth it was medium to full-bodied, concentrated smooth and rich. The finish showed some dry hops to balance this out nicely. Quite enjoyable.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma is quite sweet. Smells of fruit, raisins, plums, candi sugar, pepper, and yeast. Poured copper/amber in color with a huge, pillowy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Full of tiny particles. Medium to heavily sweet flavor. Tastes of alcohol, candi sugar, yeast, dust, resin, and fruit. Medium to full body. Thick, effervescent texture. Lively carbonation (cork popped with a bang too). Sweet, lightly dry finish.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 courtesy of beachbum25. Pours gold with a nice rocky white head. Smells soapy with some wildflowers and crisp malt. Tastes of slight spice, dry malt, fruity.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent copper orange with a large, frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and honey with some doughy Belgian yeast. Body starts with good fullness and rich biscuity malt flavor with some caramel sugar and floral honey character before a slightly drier, toasty finish. Pretty authentic and true to style.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at brewery. Hazy orange with a fizzy head. Spicy malt aroma and a great spicy taste with butterscotch notes.
nuplastikk (4351) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked bottle. Attractive, thick amber color with a huge, foamy head. Up front crispness leads to a sweet, yeasty finish. I find it to be a little different than the draft version, assumably due to refermentation in the bottle. Not a bad thing, actually Improves the beer and makes it quite "Belgian" in mouthfeel. Very fruity and full of candi sugar and yeast richness. Excellent beer from a Baltimore institution, sort of a dry Belgian Amber.
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Murky golden ale with orange highlights and a large, rocky, white head. Great retention. Fruity, breadsy aroma. Medium-bodied and sticky with middling carbonation. Sweet, but not cloying in the least. Fruity, yeasty, biscuity. Pale and medium-roast grains. Lengthy, moderately sweet, fuzzy fruit finish.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The cork is way to far in and requires a cork screw, but this beer is incredibly well carbonated as it forcefully ejects the cork and cork screw mid pull. Luckily I had my 25cl tulip nearby and I didn’t lose any beer despite some foaming up. The head is quite voluminous and has to be scraped off twice to prevent over-flowing. I end up with a five-finger thick, pale, almost perfectly white colored head. The beer is an orangish, pale amber color that shows a hazy, but brighter color when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of malt, hops and fermentation character. Spicy with notes of pepper, ginger, almost a touch of cinnamon, an earthy-almost coriander note and a wood note that are balanced by fruity notes similar to apple, pear and a light orange-blossom aromatic. The aroma is also grassy, with a nice, clean, pale malt toastiness . The hops, while slight, accentuate the grassy note and provide a touch of herbal character and something that is a bit like fresh cut, aromatic weeds. This has quite an interesting nose, it is quite easy to spend some time just smelling this without even needing to take a sip.
On the other hand, I really need a beer so sip I must. The flavor is sweet and spicy up front with a substantial citrus / orange-blossom note that is followed by spicy higher alcohols and phenolics. The finish has a mix of clove, warming higher alcohols, a piquant pepper-like note and just a touch of an herbal hop bitterness. There is quite a bit going on in this beer, in addition to the previously mentioned notes I get flavors of clove (lots of this), sweet-ripe aromatic pear, pickled ginger, a light note of sweet-tart perfectly ripe plums, a touch of damp earthiness in the finish.
An over-confident second pour leaves with more foam than I can suck down and a puddle of foam on my desk. The beer gets a bit more fruit focused as it warms up and subsequent pours have a really pepper, quite zippy carbonation as well as quite the carbonic bite. The texture of this beer is just about spot on; the prickly carbonation ensures a tongue scrubbing airiness with every sip and the body has just a touch of viscousness without keeping this from being quite quaffable. While this never actually gets hot, it doesn’t really hide its alcohol all that well; mostly the higher alcohols give this away, but they do add some interesting notes so it is certainly not all bad.
This beer is quite complex all around, it is perhaps a touch sweeter than I usually prefer, but I think in this case, this beer needs the sweetness to balance the piquant fermentation character; ample higher alcohols and phenols which could easily be too much, but here are tempered by the malt sweetness. The head of this beer is just about perfect, everyone of my four pours is fluffy, textured and long lasting, and the hazy orange-amber color is quite nice as well. A beer that is very enjoyable, perhaps even more so than I would expect.