krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i had a bottled specimen of the '96 (courtesy of indra). the label probably deserves some ridicule, but i decided it's SO primitive and garish that it actually achieves-- ahem-- distinction, so we'll let it go at that. (the brewery owner probably lets his kids design the labels, which is sweet, isn't it?). the pour is as plump and pulpy as a georgia peach in a glass, canary golden at the edges and deeper pie-crust orange brown within, sporting a modest soggy head. within the bottle is a murky haze loaded with yeast--is it some of great-grandpa de dolle's cremated remains? it's thick and fiery in there, and when brightly back-lit it's like the burning skyline of civil war atlanta, with sooty pillars of yeast rising like smoke, taking the form of ghastly apparitions apparently trying to get out of the bottle. nose of hard cider and peach schnapps, a little sandalwood incense, balsamic vinegar, white pepper, lemon, and a vague sour note. enormous fruity sweetness-- this seems to be a lightly carbonated apricot wine, medium to full bodied and sweetened to the culinary specifications and preferences of a six year old. spritzy sweet apple goo, like the carmelized apple syrup that oozes out of a baked pie. it was too much for me: i recapped it and had the rest later-- after i'd buzzed around like a hummingbird for a couple hours and seriously considered flying south for the winter.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a large white head. Sweet grape and citrus aroma. Very sweet and tart flavor, full of citrus, grape, and clove. Nice crisp palate.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color with a huge (too big) white head. The aroma was full of fruity tones...grapes, apple...bready, sweet. The flavor was very citric...full on grapefruit, grapes, and apricot...very yeasty and sweet. The feel was too carbonated...very gassy, spritzy.
jonas (5591) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 Best before 2005. Raisins and peaches in the aroma.
Brown, flakes of yeast big fluffy head.
Raisins, sweet brown sugar and
a slight citric aftertaste.
Very warming - the perfect winter beer.
This bottle was a little bit too sweet - aging will probably do a lot to this beer.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy copper orange with nice foamy head. Aroma is robust although I can seem to nail down exactly what it is. Spices, fruits and sweet malt? One word comes to mind with this beer and its 'sweet'. Very candyish, like cotton-candy. I could almost feel the sugar rush as I drank it. Luckily for me I enjoy sweets.
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Poured an amber color with a small white head. Had a fruity grape and alcohol aroma. It had a sweet, candy sugar, plus alcohol taste. Also had a slight taste of cinnamon to it.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000 vintage stored at shelf temp. Complex array of fruity pale malt flavors throughout with big funky yeast notes at the start and nice hoppy notes finishing it off. Alcohol is apparent, but welcomed in such a big, complex beer. Awesome every time.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy, golden-brown, olive color (deli mustard-like), with an abundance of yeast floaters. Head is a huge froth of off-white bubbles that remains for quite awhile, leaving a fair amount of lacing. Smell is mostly fruit malt with a vinous, chardonnay grape presence; also, cinnamon and other indistinguishable spices arise. Taste is very big and sweet, with grapes, apple juice, yeast, and carbonation. Aftertaste is spicy, fruity, and far too sweet, to the point of being cloying. Sampled from an 11.6 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful frothy head over a copper body. Strong fruit aroma - robust winter spices, with a touch of vanilla. A little too syrupy-sweet in the flavor, more like a barelywine, but the carbonation is perfect.
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best word to describe this beer would be, fruity - cloudy orange, pillowy white head - intense aroma of apples and pears - flavor steps up the intense fruits in the aroma - sweet citrus flavors (grapefruit with sugar on top) - apples and raisins - toastiness comes in late, with some cinnamon notes, wintery spices - toastiness lingers into the finish, with a dash of hops to cut the sweetness - this is a very original beer - top marks.