egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Poured a dark golden color with a tight, white creamy head. Had an aroma of strong grapes - sour and slightly sweet and alcoholic. It had a sweet honey, GRAPES, lots of muscat grapes, and a sparkling taste of white wine. Also finished sweet and alcoholic.
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Curious light amber/red color, very clear and sparkling. Slow moving bubbles through the syrupy body, to a thin film of head with a nice dense-foam ring. Aroma is strongly honey and sweet, somewhat musty and pvc, like a tourist rain poncho purchased from
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very interesting and complex. Having said that, not my bag, personally. Pours orangey color, rather clear, a fairly big white head that collapses entirely and fades away rapdily. Aroma was very mead-like, honey everywhere. Taste was bizarre, one of the few DFH beers where you could really pinpoint most of the ingredients. Up front the flavor is almost like a beer mixed with some white wine notes. This rapidly descends into the mead flavor, quite sweet. At the end, the saffron comes in rather strongly, leaving that sort of haunting, full flavor that saffron does with rice in a top-notch paella. Really weird to have a beer "hopped" with saffron. Finishes kind of dry, which is even stranger. Worth hunting for just to experience.
madsberg (9635) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Orange coloured. White not very long lasting head. I have great difficulties in decoding this beer. I like it, but I simply don't get usable associations. I find some fruits and spices in the aroma. It's very pleasant and balanced. Have sweet and malty flavours and is quite refreshing. Thanks Raindog for this interesting beer.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 This beer almost like a mead and wine, it is very good. This beer is sweet and smooth. It has honey in it and white muscat grapes. Saffron. It is golden in color and has a great aroma. Nice and sweet smelling. I highly recommend this, it is very good. Really enjoyable.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Is all I have to say about this ale. Probably one of the most incredible drinks I have had in months. Really reminds me how much I like mead, as it strongly resembled a nice strong honey mead. A strong white wine quality, that is sweet in the mouth feel but turns dry in the finish. The taste plays tricks on you with every sip. Very highly recommended!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is vinous and cidery with notes of honey. Flavor is full of white-winish grape qualities, mead and some dry malt qualities. Finish is very dry and sweet. This was a great traditional ale. I always look for weird flavors in these and this was one of the weirdest yet in a great way. Super fantastico!
beerguy101 (5267) - 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.