DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in June of an unknown year, I’m assuming 2003. Clear amber body with a sparse white head. Lots of carbonation bubble columns. Sweet, creamy aroma featuring figs, caramel and a heavy, dark muskiness I can’t put my finger on. The flavor and palate remind me of a "light" barleywine. It has a strong sweet presence consisting of honey and then tart grapes. The sweetness is surely the major component of the flavor, to be honest not much else gets through. Finishes with a dry, sweet and floral smoothness.
Belch Score:This beer fares well in the belch aftertaste department. As opposed to the usual hoppy taste, it brings back creamy honey. A welcome change of pace!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A light golden yellow with changing refractions as the glass widens and narrows. Little white head with constant petite effervescence. Smells like a wheatfield and lots of sweet honey. Or maybe just like honey-coated breakfast cereal. How mundane are you feeling today? Ok, so it tastes like honey! Big surprise, let's see what else is in here. A sweet but firm biscuit taste and also a lot of grapes (again, big surprise). I know nothing about varietals, but this is a very juicy beer. Actually the honey flavor recedes after the initial hit. Finishes like dry bread. Aftertaste is sticky but not too cloying. This is different and good but not something I'd drink everyday.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really pretty looking rich aged amber gold cream sherry colour with a medium size shortish lasting head but with plenty of lasting bubble action. Aroma is pleasant sweetish honey but perhaps a little faint and in IMHO the weakest feature of this beer. Palate is medium bodied and really smooth and low carb considering the ongoing visible carbonation. Flavours are clearly fresh honey based with added interesting woody vinous overripe white grape yeastiness. With all these sweet flavour contributors this beer still generates plenty of balancing dryness. Superb alcohol masking only really evident from the ear afterglow. OK - it maybe brewed to impress the Chardonnay set and the commercial description of being based on something found in a tomb is corny to to say the least, but being a lover of sweet fortified wines this one really struck a chord with my sweet wine tooth. Similar to the Immort in that it could be used as an aperitif or post dinner drink. Also highly recommended.
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
fruity aroma. I expected this beer to be a sweeter than it was. It was mainly tart, which seemed nice initially but it did over shadow any hop flavoring that may have been there. Looked good all golden brown with an opaque look to it.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had long hesitated in purchase - thrown of by the description, a few bad DFH bottles and the price. Now, having someone else buy the bottle made all that disappear. Wasn't blown away, but was very happy to have enjoyed it. Much lighter and less brash that I had presumed. Some grapes and honey present as would be expected, but they seemed to integrate with other flavors rather well. Not an every day beer, but not an every day beer. Get it?
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 This beer is produced based on ingredients found in an ancient tomb. A couple things though: ancient beer wasn't carbonated (this wasn't begun until sometime in the 1800's), nor did they have Thermos mugs to keep it cool. Therefore, in rating this beer I did what in other cases would be unthinkable: I poured most of it into a glass and let it sit overnight at 80 degrees fahrenheit such that it lost the carbonation and was in a form more analogous to how beer would have been drunk in 700 b.c. The result was surprising -- compared to drinking it cold out of a newly opened bottle, the warmed, tempered form was quite thirst-quenching on a hot humid day, as opposed to a weird, cloying grittiness in drinking it straight out of a cold bottle. The brew possesses the color of the honey used in its manufacture. It's aroma is powerful -- it really seems like something based in antiquity. Even more than in its cold form, the taste of the alcohol was barely noticeable in the warm form; yet its extremely smooth, watery texture is balanced by an extreme herbal complexity. If you've had this cold, I'd highly recommend trying it warmed without carbonation. UPDATE: Even more strongly, I would recommend this outfit make a version of this without carbonation; most of us have had plain soda water and realize that the carbon itself imparts a great effect on overall flavor, even if it's lost its fizz - in seeking a more definite realism, the taste of a carbonated beverage is quite incompatible with production methods of that era.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
nice golden color. strong taste of honey and nutmeg. too sweet for my tastes. i'll pass
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep gold w/a short lived white head that is probably knocked down by alcohol. Immediate grape and honey sweet nose, along with a lightly floral presence; also seems to have a dry and woody aroma at the finish of the nose and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet at first, but seemingly well balanced for a bigger beer, honey w/a fruity grape presence; alcohol, and seems to have a semi dry finish w/ a fairly neutral, lightly fruity alcohol finish aftertaste. Alcohol is numbing on the tongue, full bodied w/ low carbonation, and very smooth. Lacks a little complexity and malt character IMHO for a big beer, but very tasty and drinkable. Ive never had saffron before so I cannot tell if it is in there, but there's nothing I find odd in the aroma or flavor. A good desert beer!
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Honeyed white ale. You will notice the honey mostly. High dollar beer, and might not be worth the price you will pay. Taste is a bit cidery.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange/golden color, with a small to medium white head, although its fast disappearing. The aroma is sweetness, honey, grapes some acid in the nose too. The flavor is very winey, like a crisp white wine, and some similarities to a Moscatel wine. Some underlying sweetness with hints of the honey, its very complex and fruity. This is definitely a must for a wine lover... Havent tasted a beer like this, very original. Thanks to Zach8270 for this beer.