Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden and cloudy. Even with no hops it has a nice head. A little toasty on the nose with lots of crazy spices - pepper, flowers, sage, orange. Complex and unconventional - reminds me of Saison Athene. Crazy floral, spicy notes. Soft body. Great malty sweetness and nutmeggy finish. Fresh and spicy, could be a good morning beer or a dessert beer.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of florals (esp. lavender), perfume, toast, and light grass. Flavor of floral, herbs, light fruitiness, and yeast with a dry, lightly chalky finish.
argo0 (12119) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(BCTC, draft) Small white head with lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, flower, some lemon, light honey. Taste is medium sweet, some yeast, honey, light pepper. Creamy light-medium body.
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BCTC 2007. Enjoyed this one. Floral, jasmine, lavender. Tad on the sweet side. Perfumy. Nice
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught sample at the brewpub. Pours amber and hazy with a nice pillowy head. Smells of light citrus, a bit like a blonde ale, lots of herbal hints, heather. Tastes herbal and very citrussy. This is an excellent brew!
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Draft @ the brewpub] Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, coriander, ginger, a bit of chamomile, really spicy, with some toast, perfume, and maybe toffee. Taste was sweeter, honey, toffee, toasted dough, with more ginger, and chamomile in the finish. A few too many spices for me.
notalush (5358) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewpub - clear golden, fizzy pour out of the tap - huge lavender and lemon grass aroma - semi-tart, with earthy, hay/grass qualities and a strong grain/wheat flavor - lavender and other wildflowers are potent in the mix, but work quite well and balance against one another so as not to become overpowering - very nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a crazy good belgian ale in the realm of something like cuvee des fluers, but this one is definitely unique. I love the use of flowers on this one. Pours a very hazy cloudy deep golden with a nice frother white head. Aroma is loaded with fresh cut flowers, and for some reason I kept thinking of ginger, although apparantly none is used- but yeah i can see the lavendar, and I dont really know what jasmine smells like to be honest. Definitely has a citrsuy orange flavor though- along with a flowery earthienss, and maybe even some alligator pepper- lemony spicy hints with the fresh doughy pale malts. Rediculously easy drinking. I had this on tap at the brewpub, but I also remember drinking a ton of this stuff at BWBD 07 last summer. Great beer!
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8 ounce glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT (May 2008), cask. Pours a pale very clear gold with a bit of quick-dying head, plenty of lacing in the glass.....excitingly fragrant and fresh herbal-gassy nose, hints of lemongrass and rosemary, slightly sharp....herbal-sweet balance in the boy is expertly done, sharp mineralic-grassy notes contrast beautiful with light sweet malts, earthy and faintly salty character growing as it warms....very dry, woody finish. I think this was actually described as an "English" pale ale on the menu and indeed it seems no less Anglo than Belgian -- it’s full of character and not really to any style; but to my taste anyway, it’s quite brilliant no matter what you call it.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ BCTC. Pours golden yellow with a thin white head. Nose has a lot of spices. Too much, in fact. Flavor is equally spicey and lightly sweet and citrusy. Like Eric, I couldn’t really handle all the spice.