hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Very murky, golden ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Earthy, spicy, woodsy nose with notes of cobwebs, leather, bread and lye soap. Well-balanced flavor... just a touch on the bitter side. Steady malt. Mildly spicy, tangy, and earthy with minor notes of sea salt and white pepper. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter and bone dry.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing, hazy orange/copper.Giant, frothy white cap. A few chunks of yeast rest at the bottom. Musty yeast aroma with spices, grainy malt, and crisp hops. Same flavor. Medium, well carbonated body. Very nice brew. I suppose the catch-all "belgian ale" category is the only way to classify this one.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Mahar’s. Vegetable like coriander peel flavor. Food like, spicy, typical belgian spices, cinnamon apple nose. amber with very little head.
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at The Moan and Dove. poured into a 6oz wine glass. light amber with a small white hue lining the glass. Nose of citrus--lemon and lime zest, yeast, and grassy wheat. taste has more yeast, citrus, and nice hop bite. a nice belgian ale from de ranke.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dear god this was expensive! On tap, chalice glass, at the brickskeller. Hearty, slightly bitter, clovery hints of richness. A lot to handle, though drinkable, though god it was expensive!
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JAN 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy, dark honey colored. Aroma has some maneur in it it foams in my mouth. The flavor is sweet with wheat, yeast and honey. It says on the wrapping that it was bottled 5 years ago and shouuld be consumed before 12/06.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a tangerine color with a thin white lace that disappates quickly. The smell is of candied fruit orange citrus, peach, grassy/hay (wheat) notes. The taste starts with sweet apricot flavor then hits you with a slight alcohal essence then follows with a slight hoppy bitterness that compliments the whole beer.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kaisla on their Christmas menu. 75cL bottle. Hazy with a hazel-white head. Smell was complex - citrus tartness, wheat, yeast, barnyard and several things I just can’t put into words. The taste - even more so... Warm, metallic, caramel, no alcohol whatsoever. A very organic tasting beer.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a murky dark golden color with an average-sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting head. Pretty to look at. The aroma was compelling with light malty notes of toasted grain; heavy with bright hoppy notes of lemon, herbs and pine and yeasty with funky notes of barnyard, horseblanket, cellar, moldy cheese and earth. There’s something interesting happening in the hop aromas, too. Somthing that calls to mind the living room the afternoon after a pot party or chewing on a geranium leaf. The flavor was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long, heavily bitter finish full of pine retros. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively. The palate served to accentuate the rest of this beer’s characteristics. Quite nice.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, murky orange body, medium-thick off-white/beige head. Floral, peppery aroma, with light fruits, breads, and crackers. Light sweetness in the body but mostly spicy and bitter, with pepper, light caramels, and bread. Medium-bodied. The bitter, earthy hops component that becomes especially evident in the finish is unique.