beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange color. Large orange white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, grape-ish and fairly sweet. A medium bodied ale. It a very interesting tasting beer. Malts are sweetish. No hops. There is a grape-like and ciderish quality to this beer. It has touches of orange (Muscat) honey and spices. I’m not really sure I would call this a beer if I were handed some in a blind tasting. It has some of the qualities of a late harvest desert wine and some of a dry cider. It has an interesting origin, and I will always try this kind of beer. I applaud brewers who are not afraid to try different things, and this is one that’s out there. It is definitely worth trying. Very little of the 9% alcohol is evident in the taste. Light and refreshing, fruity and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is sweet and appleish.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The nose was slightly present with a honey tint to it. The colour was cloudy pale orange/gold. It has a subtle honey flavor with kind of a wheat background to it. There is a bit of grape out there, but it tastes like there is no skin on the grapes, so more white than anything else. The palate was smothe with a hint of carbonation. Overall, not bad but not great. I was actually dissapointed tho, my expectations may have been just a little high.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 [Updated 10/29/03 fixed typos] Saffron and honey aromas. Golden yellow color. Sweet honey flavors dominate. Grape flavors are subtle but complex. No head. Honey dominates the palate and the taste from start to finish. An intersting beer.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a good beer to start the holiday weekend with.A small sized creamy ivory head that consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that fully diminished.The body was cloudy and uncarbonated.The hue was a dull orange and the lacing was fair.The nose was that of grape and some fruit along with a bitter, tart, alcohol and malt flavor.The mouthfeel was smooth, tingly and medium bodied.
thedm (4850) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized dark white mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a transparent light orange brown colored softly carbonated body. Its aroma is different and composed of several smooth aromas which include mild grape, bread, some fruityness and maybe several others that are harder to distinguish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight alcohol burn. Its flavor is mixed with alcohol, malt, grapes, and some earthyness to it. Overall it was a very fine tasting brew that will get you drunk in a hurry. This one has a lot of character to it.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber with medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfumy, fruity (pear, peach, grape), slight honey. Taste is honey sweet, some fruity (wine grape), and surprisingly, bitter (earthy/floral). Medium-full body, semi-dry finish. The grape flavor lingers, so that a couple of minutes after drinking, you'd think you'd just had wine, not beer. Excellent experiment, very good beer.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fizzy august apricot color. The muscat grapes dominate this beer completely. Champagne grape soda quality aroma and flavor. Alcohol is well balanced, this beer is not at all cloying, but you can not get far away from the grapes. Not quite "winy," though this could easily be mistaken for a wine. Though truly a unique brew, the carbonation makes it hard for me to believe this is truly an authentic experience.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice golden hue with a very quickly disappearing white head. Slight lace left on the beer. The aroma is nice and sweet malt scents. Very sweet. almost Belgiany taste, with some hops in the back to temper the sweetness. A very nice beer, especialy for one that is 9%, as I couldn't really taste the alcohol.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful amber glow, with a quickly diminishing foam head. Smell is sweet, sugary and malty. It has a very nice palate. Smooth and a little hoppy, but the hops are emersed with an overall sweetness which is quite nice, and just shy of being overdone.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is faint. But, then again, how much aroma should we expect from honey, muscat grapes, saffron and dates? The 12 oz bottle is clear, but I seem to remember a slight haze in the 750. Compared to the 750, there seems something missing. I notice the label does not mention dates, but the 750 did. Has this recipe been changed? Is the 12 oz bottle filtered (thus resulting in less bocy and flavor)? A good beer, but seek the 750, it is noticably better.