johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured hazy yellow with fluffy white head. Aroma of fruit and spice. Sweet caramel flavor with some spice in the finish. Some fruit hints. Finished harsh but drinkable.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
mike guessed wheat wine, i guessed landbier, we were btoh semi-wrong. this had a lot of german malt but a lot of grains and earthy, perfumey flavors to it. strong as hell though, we were both feeling it.
kyzr (1390) - Montana, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to franksnbeans for this bottle. Yeasty nose on this goldedn pour with nice white head. Flavor was spice, bready, and somewhat fruity. Nice mouthfeel at first, then washes out to a mild and spicey finish.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Number 0747, Sampled October 2007
A bit of gun smoke and an aroma surprisingly like an austere champagne greets my nose as I pop the cork. The beer is quite well carbonated and pours with a fluffy, quite airy, almost perfectly white head. The head starts out four-fingers in height, despite a fairly careful pour; it leaves a rocky, varied surface and a layered pattern of lace on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a brilliantly clear, soft copper to full gold color. The aroma is quite spice driven, with notes of orange zest, earthy note reminiscent of coriander, pickled ginger and clove (especially as it warms, at which point it becomes the most notable note). While the bottle does not mention spicing, the aroma is clean & distinct enough, that I would definitely guessed some were used (even if I am dead wrong); it just seems a bit too clean to be purely yeast derived. Underneath the omnipresent spice notes, which I do like here, there are touches of banana, green apple esters, grassy / herbal hops, raw grain notes (almost grassy) and aromas of freshly crushed soda crackers. The aroma is actually quite malt driven towards the finish and can serve as a nice balance to the spicing if you really dig around in the nose.
A prickly carbonation, and a fairly light body leave the after effect of my first sip quite subtle. This finishes quite a bit cleaner than I was expecting, with only a subtle palate impact for such a big beer. This is also quite dry, with only a touch of sweetness that is a combination of both light malt and alcohol notes. The effect of this beer really makes me think of champagne. The beer is very clean, almost as if it has been well filtered (reminding me this time of Duvel). The spice flavors are still quite present in the flavor, though perhaps not as distinctly and in a slightly different way in the flavor. Spice note of orange zest, clove-like turpenes that numb the tongue a bit and some mace. The finish has a warming effect that is a combination of phenolics and alcohol, and which ultimately contributes to a palate cleansing quality. The flavor really has an amped up, phenolic note of clove to it especially as the beer moves through to the finish; this note really lingers on in the mouth for quite some time. This is definitely deceptively easy drinking and light for a beer of its strength.
Very interesting, I was not sure what to expect from this beer, but was certainly not expecting something so refined and austere. This is obviously a very well technically crafted beer, somehow it just comes off as a bit too squeaky clean to me (perhaps it was filtered a bit too much). Based on the initial aroma I would have definitely said there was spices added to this brew, but the flavor, while certainly spicy driven, is not so nearly convincing and even the clove dominated aromatic notes after the beer warmed a bit is purely fermentation derived. I really need to get another bottle of this, as I feel like some aging (a year or two) will add back some missing complexity. All in all a tasty beer, that seems a touch too phenolic to be really great, but one which I would be happy to have a case of in my cellar.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Strong aroma of banana, clove, and earthy malt. The flavor is sweet at first but the finish is quite bitter/sour from a mix of earthy malt and spices. Good body and mouthfeel, just not my favorite flavors here.
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold, lasting white head.Intense small bead. Yeasty alcoholic nose.Yeasty, fruity(pear) sweet malt profile,long bitter end.Softly carbonated
pamoja (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best beers i have ever had. Unbelievable golden body with great white head. Smooth and rich with nice finish.
coldbrewky (1703) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum: Dah Bums have Impressively presented this here beer wit a tro-back bottle. Nose is nuttin grand yet whispy spices arrive an’ let chew know dat it’s a belgin style brewski. So far so gud...hey Tony! Semi hazy gold in dah glass. Legs are patchy and droopin. Body is surprisingly lite. (Great taste...less filling!) Mouthfgeel is balanced with some spice and a lingering pleasant aftertaste Ayyyyy!. This "bottle refermentation" has left no traces that I expected in the bottle. "Hey!’ D’yud take kare uh dat ting?? Duh Foist ting or dah secund ting? Dah Foist ting Yah dumass! Juh Caint take kare uh dah secund ting till the foist is outa dah way! ! ! ! ! The 9% is hidden pretty well...Just like bodies in the East River. Tony? Hmmph ...yew wont be sieein him round ere no more.... Heh. ees just a memree. Crap sounds like this brew has infected me with Brooklynese.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle ? ml
Appearance :Gently hazed golden ale with good creamy white top.3+
Nose :Citric, sweet gain , refreshing aroma, some yeasty strikes.
Flavour/Palate : Mildly carbonated. Pleasant yeasty with soft grain set up. Sour hints at finish. Very pleasant ale , its potency well groomed. Alcohol only found to be drying at very finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear golden color with a white head. Aroma, light fruity notes, strong yeast notes that border on a slight funkiness, with some bready and floral notes. Flavor, light funk, floral, yeasty, with a medium carbonation.