Stine (1628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 2007. Ok, I know itís kind of a sin to be rating this hop-driven beer at this late date, but I kept saving it for occasions last summer, again and again and again, and they never happened, and then I knew it was past an acceptable point of freshness, and then put it off even more. So here we are, all feeling awkward about this rating.
It pours a metallic yellow with a frothy pile of white. WIldflower honey, dry grass, saaz hops aroma; peppery, dry, and lightly sweet with a cornmeal-like maltiness. Honey is the strongest component, and sometimes its earthiness leans towards sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Here and there thereís a little burst of apple cider vinegar.
Flavor is a calm, creamy bitterness. Very flowery. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. Very tea-like in bitterness, with hints of soft green spices like sage, very much seeming like a settled-down version of its former self; thereís plenty of doughy, soft yeast flavor providing a pleasant pad underneath; quiet. I feel like I can taste the dusty, grassy bitterness of the saaz still, and even a bit of the bracing green bite of the simcoes in peppercorns and pine, but canít find much amarillo; itís very green-tasting, very floral, but itís definitely noticeable that itís far from fresh. Putting this aside, its herbal qualities really are pleasant, and it has an incense-like calm about it throughout; so, the feeling of it is still really nice, but the flavors very obviously indicate what it probably was a year ago when I first had it.
Yeast pour. Couldnít hurt now I suppose. Aroma has more vinegar, more cheese, some pit fruits, and maple syrup. It now smells much like an egg-bake topped with honey and syrup, and I want to drink it with breakfast. Flavor has gotten gravelly and more pillowy; weaker for details but texturally more interesting. Man, itís musky now,and full of an almost tannic, pure bitterness.
Medium-full bodied palate. Hugely effervescent, but still soft. Finishing flavors remind me of an orange pekoe tea, a pear skin, and a lot of mustiness. Itís good and long, but it gets less interesting as it fades, not just as if the flavor is fleeting but as if itís getting worse, like when a piece of gum starts to taste like your spit. Finally, very dry.
Itís a sad thing for me to realize that this, with its punchy hop flavors, ample malt body and fulsome, bone dry yeast character is obviously something I would have loved when it was fresh, and that Iím only now drinking it and seeing how enticingly interesting it has still remained. And procrastination has bitten me in the ass again. Thanks for the opportunity, the man, Dany!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle by way of the north... glouglouburp.
pours a rich orange yellow color with an enormous wispy white head. it gets cloudy toward the end of the bottle... when we finally get that far as it was a struggle with terrible over carbonation!
enticing rich yeasty aroma is followed by spice, orange, honey, flowers, grass and spent hops.
it is quite sweet and malty on the palate yet yeasty and dry on the finish... the hops have obviously faded out of this but it is still interesting... must, honey, spice, grass and a fruitiness akin to red apples before an herbaceously dry, spent hoppy bitter finish.
the medium body has an incredibly soft texture(once i can actually drink it!) with a pleasant warmth (not alcohol, state of mind). yum... 8/4/7/4/16/3.9
daknole (9439) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. cloudy orange/apricot pour. fluffy white head. Hoppy aroma with yeast and honey. Mouthfeel is great but the flavor has less hops than the nose. But this is still delicious. Some bitter hops, apple, honey and some fruitinesss go well with some light spice. Very good beer, quite different.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Daknole, was very much ISO...Gorgeous golden haze with gorgeous thick white head. Fruity tones lay groundwork for the bright grassy herbal hop overtones. Very floral aroma without becoming perfumy--nice. Has a little bit of damp earth or cheese in the aroma too, though. Smooth carbonation. Nice palate. A little bit of a sweet-sour thing going on. The bitterness is floating on top of a big layer of fruit. As if a fruit cake got smacked with hop icing. Citrusy finish. Very nice, interesting brew.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly cloudy with a thin head. Very floral aroma with good yeasty spice depth. Some nice orangey notes from the hops. Very sweet, spicy character. Floral with a hint of bubblegum. Tasty.
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle sampled at the pub. Great Belgian IPA!! Gold. Lasting head. Big ABV and IBU taste.
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked bottle shared by suzygreenberg. Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a nice thick and lively white head that leaves a great lace as it drinks down. Sweet peppery apple nose with a touch of some other spices in there. Sharp carbonation and slightly bitter on the palate with great honey sweetness and some earthy floral hints. I think that this bottle had a bit of age on it and it was still great, but I would certainly like to try a íyoungerí bottle of this. Thanks for sharing this one Ben!
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Courtesy of MatSciGuy. Hazy gold color with a medium head. Strong saison-like aroma, with lots of hay, sweet lemon and flowers. Light citrusy, orange, tangerine flavor A smack of Noble hops. Quite yeasty. Dry finish.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during MN Gathering II in Maplewood and shared by MatSciGuy. From a 750 ml wine bottle pours a hazy golden blonde brew with plenty of white head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple, apricots, some golden grain malt, flowery hops and dry herbs. Taste is medium bodied, some extra carbonation with flavors of pineapple, tangerines, apricots, white bread malt and a hint of green mint. Finish has a light mint and clove spice aftertaste that made this one stand out. Thanks Levi for sharing this terrific ale.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Sample enjoyed at Skyview tasting. Nice yellow pour with aroma of apricot and papaya. Flavor was pleasantly yeasty, bitter and finished a little dry. A very good brew.
3/2/13 Rerate. Less yeast, more light hay and dry lemon flavors. Really enjoyed this more than I remembered.