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RATINGS: 632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Why is the Grim Reaper holding a mailbox? Well, that mailbox is from a dead Dark Horse beer. The Grim Reaper better know as "Death" was quite fond of our classic Sapient Summer Wheat Ale. When we changed it into a Belgian Style Triple, Death thought it would only be appropriate to bring something from that beer into this beer. So he picked the mailbox, and we werenít about to argue with him. You can say what you want about him, but that Death sure has a big heart. So anyway...we brewed this beer with a Trappist yeast strain so it is very traditional. The flavors are incredibly complex with notes of mild fruit and finishes with a bit of clove. Although this beer is higher in alcohol it is very smooth and finishes dry on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2006 bottle consumed on 11/3/06
Even with a vigorous pour, itís difficult to yield much head. Perhaps a half-finger in height, old-beige colored and rapidly fizzling to a ring. Glassy, brass-golden body has some light peach and lemon tints. Clarity is medium-high to high, with a very small amount of sediment left in the bottle. Bubbles rise listlessly in the liquid, little/no lacing is created.
Very warming, sharp and pungent nose displays very high fermentation temps (or whatever it is, something is generating very apparent, sharp, dry, peach, banana and nectarine esters, with plenty of raw alcohol). Clove and pepper phenols are apparent as well, though they begin to dissolve in to a sweet, candi sugar-meets thick honey blanket of sugariness. Either the hops are rather dusty/old smelling and something like saaz or there is a definite note of light veggies created by the yeast. One canít be sure. The more it warms, the more the alcohol warms and the fruitiness runs rampant. Too much musty/spoiled veggie-like flavor on the very end, very meaty-like.
The flavor is both highly sweet but yet staunchly alcoholic and sharp on the end. Very little cohesion between the malt, alcohol and esters. Sugar additions seem rather apparent and add heat without body, allowing the beer to thin out on the end and become messy with sharp, somewhat acidic notes of esters and alcohol. Carbonation is too low, as well, or perhaps more accurately, too loose. Not engaging and tight at all, allowing too much sweetness up front and wateriness on the end. Bit of meatiness on the end, perhaps vegetal in nature. Alcoholic, overly estery/phenolic, too much residual sugar. It really strikes me as being not properly lagered, though itís hard to believe that Dark Horse would be guilty of that. Whatever the case, there are compound problems.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
foggy golden/copper body with a thin white head, sweet malty yeast nose, syrupy, dull brown sugar finish, alcohol is up front, a little dingy but not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2006
bottle - Pours hazy yellowish-orange with almost no head. It has an assertive citrus and yeast aroma and a sweet, citrus flavor. The medium body and light carbonation gives it a pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. The finish is light and mildly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2006
pours hazy orange with small whie head. Aroma is malty with light citrus and apple esters. Flavor is well balanced carmel and fruit, with a short finish. Medium bodied, oily and softly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
12oz bottle. Lively bubbling off-white head. Filtered and livley. Bright golden hue. Musty citrus lemon aromas. Caramel and sweet. Crisp with floral and citrus flavors. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Pours a hazy golden orange amber with small floaties and barely any head. Just a light hint of white bubbles. Aroma of green apple, candi sugar, white grapes, hints of banana, some citrus and yeast. Flavor of yeast, caramel, various fruits...but flat. Not sure if something went wrong when they carbonated...or it became flat later. But either way something was off about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
chardonnay coriander green grapes and skunk lactic bacteria aroma. hazy orange gold with a few white bubbles. honesy muscat grapes safforn lactic coriander, white with with a sweet touch. refined, balanced. sparkly palate, dry, good finish. Very nice, exceeded expectations.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy amberwith frothy white head. Sweet aroma of pears, brown sugar, yeast, caramel. Yeast really was evident and in not such a pleasant way. Medium body. The yeast took away from the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Light hazy yellow pour. Extremely yeasty aroma and flavor that didnít mix very well with the hop profile. The yeast and hops contrasted in a really unpleasent way for me. Not my style of beer at all. If I want some yeast, Iíll drink a hefe-weizen. This was just too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2076) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 This is not my style. Too little hops. However, this is a fine US brew that may rival a lot of Belgian ales.

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