SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2003 small head and a little bit of a fuzzy feeling. Sharp and crisp and tart in a way. Maybe a little too wheaty for my tastes. But not bad.
shotgun1431 (134) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head was too big (bubbles). The aroma was just ok, with a hint of fruit. The flavor was average or a little better. I liked this beer but would not say it is superior.
jaymobrown (1782) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had with M500, and it might have been out of date as indicated. Very skunky, and not very enjoyable.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Skunky all over, but still some sour apple, some pear and some tiny hops available. This sample was a year old. The skunkiness ruined the overall taste.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apricot color, not much head. Ripe apples, bababa, malt and alcohol aroma. Malt, peach (or is it pear), ripe apple, some honeyish sweetness balanced by a hint of acidity and a dash of bitterness. Some alcohol dryness in the finish.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nicely: golden, and cloudy with a little head. Aroma is somewhat sweet. Tastes very spritzy and carbonated, but overall quite refreshing.
philb (20) - Wangaratta, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice yeasty (subtle) aroma without too much 'mash'. Very cloudy amber/orange appearance with quickly vanishing head and bubbles. Smooth, somewhat boring taste with a very malty aftertaste which has a 'grainy' overtone. Fairly bland from what I expected.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
appley aroma, cloudy orange with lots of tiny sediment, soft peachy flavors and yeastiness with some lingering hoppiness
bierkoning (11528) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy with little chunks of yeast, hardly any head. Orange, hops and a slight mustard aroma. Indeed sprakling with a good lacing. Hoppy, just a bit yeasty flavor with apple. Very refreshing, maybe just a bit thin, but with a fairly long hoppy finish. Lovely beer from down under.
Sully (1379) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think the advertising was that this beer is 'cloudy but fine'. At least with this appearance we know that there is a good shot of residual yeast in the bottle that enables this beer to be kept like wine for a long time in the cellar. The ale characters of bananas, apples and slight cloveiness comes out, but bitterness is medium with little aroma. While it is called sparkling let the bubbles subside for a few minutes so it can be drunk without too much gas and at a more ambient temperature. I hadn't tasted this beer for two years while being overseas but when I had it on return it was a happy reunion with a trusted friend.