fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, some of my cru (or is that krew or just plain old posse?) didnít seem to think that this was so Grand. I thought it was fair or better. Sweet and rather pedestrian rather than grand.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thin head and a burning amber color. fruit and burn sugar in the nose with some alcohol. Cloyingly sweet with peppery notes and a little fruit and wood. But for the most part, sugar and alcohol. Prehaps after some ageing...
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy orange and kind of soupy. I did not pick up too many complex flavors but some came out as it warmed up. The main flavors I got were woodsy and some fruit with a sour finish. Not my favorite.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice billowy head. Creamy mouthfeel. Unfiltered and that detracrs from the experience. Orange-gold color. Dark cherries, oranges, and lemons.. semi-dry finish.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Pours a clear medium copper with a small off-white head. This dissapears quickly leaving sparse lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma is of malts and caramel. Slight apple/pear fruit hints as well. A little of that belgian spice. Flavor is a sharp bite of alcohol fumes and some apple and malts. The Alchohol is the main player here and overpowers everyone else too much.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
from a trade with a RB bud, 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip snifter glass
A: I will allow that it was very slightly possibly my glass, but this beer did NOT pour well, very fizzy and 100s of tiny, carbonated bubbles clung to the walls of the snifter. Itís just not a good look for the beer. A 1-finger head from a hard pour didnít last long at all, either. Fizzy & bubbly are the words I would use to describe.
S: Initial thoughts are that the beer smells like a bowl of overripe cherries, perhaps fermenting in a glass of grain alcohol. LOL! Iíve smelled superbly-crafted Belgian strong dark ales before, and this is not one.
T/M: Okay, while there ARE some initial too-sour flavors (mostly like uber-fermented cherries, as the nose would indicate), the beer tastes better than it smells. Though not by all that much. Itís amazingly boozy, there is no mistaking the 10% that lies within; itís almost to the point of distraction, very hot. I will also allow that this beer perhaps might settle with aging, but Iím not entirely positive the base is there to build off.
D: Not very drinkable at all, and not just for the obvious high-ABV reasons; I donít think I could drink a 2nd of these, itís not particularly enjoyable.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Unbelievably murky orange in color- looked like Sahti.No head. Butter alcohol nose. Strange mouthfeel. Very odd. Very alcoholic. Slightly buttery. One dimensional.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Clear orange with almost no head, starts, ends, tastes and smells sour. I canít drink any more of this.