iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL ‘pull’ cap bottle…straight from Japan via Santa’s (IslandHaole) USPS box, Cheers!: clear shinning straw, with an incessant mass of streaming bubbles throughout the body…feeding a thin bleached white head. Fresh, Sweet-Tart, white grape juice and candy sugar aroma…wow – refreshing, unique…I like it! Sourish flavours tingle the palate…there is an interesting sweetness that mixes with this bitterness…but in the end lingers a freshness. I really dig the way the fresh and sour flavours play. Well done.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
As my much more learned colleagues have mentioned, this is a hazy golden color, but just a slight haze. To me, it has the aroma of one of those handmade honey soaps you'd find at Body Shop or some ritzy shop, or a scented candle. Has an interesting sweet flavors with some tart to balance, as well as the mild hops my European friends mention. I've yet to taste the Helles from this brewer but this is their best of the three I've tried.