TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Nearly opaque peach. Fine layer of thick, fluffy white foam. Musty with buttered biscuit, brett, and dried apricot aromas. Anise, flowers, iron, and stinky Brewer’s Gold undertones. Fluffy, tightly spongy carbonation. Less tart than the aroma suggests, with a soured orange rind background and leafy hop flavors. More ensuing, albeit restrained, tartness, yields hints of dried apricot and iron. Sharp gritty dryness intensifies the peppery yeast. Prominent house character soon grabs foothold and couples with notes of musty cellar and richly bitter, funky Brewer’s Gold that squelch the delicate ester spice. Minimal malt flavor lends only a dab of honeyed biscuit sweetness. Also quite musty and astringent from the yeast with a spicy brett-like underlay. Fairly tingly on the tongue after the swallow, as mild hop bitterness remains. Rather delighful, thanks to the gorgeously stinky hop nose and pungent bitterness, not to mention their pleasant yeast character.
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
SweetNsour. Dry finish with fruity tones and underlying swetness w/ subtle bitter. From the tap.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy amber honey colour with a medium head. Musty peach and fantastic light spice aroma. Extremely smooth and thich mouthfeel. Delicious taste I can’t begin to describe. Definatly one of the best I’ve had
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy maze body with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma of apricot, mustiness, and butter. Spicy yeast flavor with a hint of fruit. Soft palate.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious beer; I had it first in Amsterdam and I drank three bottles before I knew it...good stuff. Cloudy gold color, medium size off-white/yellow head. I was surprised by the slightly murky look at first, but the taste was terrific: smooth, slightly hoppy but with the Belgian character coming through, nice finish. Almost like a Belgian Mac and Jack’s amber, but better.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strange yeasty/olive nose. Thick and very cloying mouthfeel. Lots of Dough, yeast, wheat and some more olive. Finishes like George Clinton.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Amber, hazy, big head. Thick fruits in the aroma including peaches and nectarines, and some prominent alcohol. Very nice followthrough into the flavor...for some reason I wrote down "thick mouthfeel laden with delicious mouthfeel". I think that’s pretty damn good. Some tart to it, and a bit cognac-like. This really knocked me out as a third round, especially having still been on East coast time while hanging with Grant in NoCal. I thought this was damn good.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber-tan body, topped by a small but dense white head. Glass lacing is excellent. The aroma is quite fruity:peach, citrus, and some apricot. The flavor is decent but no spectacular. Sweet candi sugar up-front, then some fruit and yeast. Fizzy carbonation givens this one a lively mouth-feel. Medium bodied. Not bad but there are much better to be had.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at spuyten duyvil. This was immediately my first pick after seeing to my great sadness that they were out of BBB Babillard. Gentle light amber, small foamy white cover. Great enticing aroma, very flowery and spicy (rose petals, bubble gum, hay, grass, lemon, mango, sage, pepper). Saison-like (more in fact) refreshing citric acidity and bitterness. Citrusy hops, honey ish tender malt, absolutely rocking flavor balance. Incredibly soft body with studied throughout carbonation. Tasty art in a bottle. Okay, I’m a big fan of XX bitter and their kriek, so I love De Ranke and had high expectations from this one, but it is even better. De Ranke can do no wrong.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Yeasty, dry and citric, full mouthfeel, with some warming alcohol in the finish, full, soft palate, very nice.