haukur (1010) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
BIG thanks to Neill for tapping this at his brewery for the trip back to Iceland. This is exactly what Brian told me it would be, insane whit beer. Belgian Grand Cru right here with a NY influence. I likes this very much, subtle sweetness. After the awesome tripel, this did not dissapoint! Neill, thanks again, it was a real pleasure meeting you and thanks again for tapping this for me!
DocLock (6800) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Lou18 as part of Mystery Swap 2.0. Turbid morning urine yellow color with 1-finger, fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of candi sugar, pale malt, apricot, honey, some funky spices, and some floral notes. Medium palate with tastes of citrus, coriander, lemon zest, candi sugar, pale malt. It smelled more like a saison/tripel mix, but tasted like a very spicy, floral witbier. More flavor complexity as more of the sediment arrived in the glass. A true hybrid stylewise, but a true original as an interesting, complex beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap, Clear yellow/orange body with nice white head left good lacing. Fruit and yeast as always for a belgian, along with some spices and more fruit for the nose. Not sure what style you would put this in, but I RESOLVE to open my corked bottles and enjoy more of this. Excellent.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked bottle from the brewery. Clear golden color with a good size white head that left nice lacing in my Duvel glass. Yeasty, fruity aroma with some spices(coriander, black pepper), honey and orange marmalade. Lightly sweet, yeasty flavor of coriander, oranges, pepper and biscuity malts with the alcohol very prevalent. Seems higher than 7.4% alc/vol. Interesting beer. Sort of a cross between a Belgian Wit and a BSA. The guy I bought them from referred to it as a strong golden ale. No matter how it is classified this is a very good beer from a very good brewer.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 I have been drinking from a keg filled at the brewery in January. This beer has matured quite a bit over that period. Early on it was on the mark as a spicy witbier, but then it developed an unplesant tartness a month later. So much that it was just about not worth drinking. Now 2 months later, it has come totally around. The tartness has mellowed out and balanced with the wit/spice nature.
For appearance, It is not the prettiest beer, being that it has a very yellow color, and a head that dissapated very fast, Tastewise it has the witbier character with some more agressive yeast/spice bite. The aroma is difficult for me to narrow down, it has some orange to it. Hops play the back burner in this beer, the yeast/malt relationship is driving its character. The yeast is alive so it is ever changing, Hopefully I will get to see this beer go somewhere else as it matures even more. It needs well over 15# of pressure pushing it, or else it will be totally lifeless.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I believe this was shared by Jimmack at his own tasting. Light golden in color, lightly hazy with a long lasting white head. Aroma of citrus, light banana, alot of musty yeast, pale malt and spices. Taste is citrus and light banana esters, alot of musty and bready yeast, sweet pale malts. Light to medium bodied. Finishes dry, with a light hop bitterness and lingering light notes of spice.
beastiefan2k (2082) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First beer of a long day of drinking. Shared by Jimmack @ his Invitational’07. Love the cork and wire 750ml with no label, really adds a level of intrigue. Poured with a clear golden color with visible carbonation. Aroma is strong herbal-yeasty, earthy and a root-vegetable sweetness. Taste is similar with light esters and citrus. A stingy/spiky mouthfeel with a grassy aftertaste.
willblake (2624) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20070303 750ml bottle shared thanks to jimmack. My notes say Resolution No. 1. Pretty lemony and dry, vinous notes of vino verde. A bit soapy. Nicely done, yeasty, bready Belgian ale.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey gold, little head. Aroma is acidy and reminds of cider and dry, fruity white wine. flavour, despite being light, hides acidity and is fruity and refreshing. Palate is oddly flat after the first few moments of the sip and then just goes downhill.
kujo9 (1088) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML bottle acquired in a trade from Lou18, thanks Lou! Mostly clear, deep golden body and a lasting soft white pillowy head. Initial aroma is fruity, like pears and green apples, and a baked bready malt aroma. Sharp peppery yeast aroma, followed by a soft sugary sweetness and pils malt. Also a bit of doughy yeast aroma as well as a soft herbal hop. Very finish in the aroma is again a bit bready. When poured w/ the yeast, it adds a bit of sulphury aromas to the mix The flavor starts off w/ a bit of spicy, peppery yeast, pils malt, and very well balanced overall. The green apple flavors come into play in the finish and aftertaste which is also dry. Not really complex in the flavor, at least not overtly so... Sort of like a pilsner w/ some yeasty notes. Aftertaste also has some herbal hops. Highly carbonated, lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol and a dry m/f. It’s not a bad beer, but the fruity esters seem very subdued once it is warms. Sort of Duvel like, but with less assertive yeast and floral character.