ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mostly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It’s texture isn’t particularly appealing, and the rest of the brew isn’t particularly attractive, either.
S: Let’s see, on the nose we have honey, grape, grains, mild diacetyl, and an herbal component. Not all of it comes together successfully - in a way, the aroma smacks of a white wine meeting a malt liquor by way of a car crash. Interesting if nothing else.
T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. An initial quality of honey and grape sweetness is the first flavor noted, slightly drying out to a grainy midtaste and finish. Saffron notes mildly augment things throughout. The whole "malt liquor-cum-white wine via car crash" descriptor I threw out before suits the flavor profile perfectly; it’s a combination that sounds horrid, but the end result is only rather blah.
M: A bit heavy on the tongue, aided by its initial sweetness. It becomes very dry past the midtaste, and actually very easy to drink. Carbonation is mostly covered up by the syrupy qualities.
O: Why the disparity between the smell/taste and overall scores? This is a simple example of a brew greater than the sum of its parts. My initial opinion of the aroma and flavor profile isn’t particularly positive - and yet, the whole thing kind of works after several sips. I’m not sure if it’s because the dry finish gives it great drinkability for 9% or what not, but it ends up being pretty decent. I can see wine drinkers enjoying this a lot.
rosenbergh (7162) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Dogfish Head Alehouse, Fairfax, VA.
Cloudy orangey golden colour with a tiny white head.
Sweetish malty aroma. A weak aroma.
The flavour is sweetness, dry maltiness, some cidery notes and
The 9% is almost unnoticeable but it warms nicely.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sseb69 (1530) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille. Merci Charles. Couleur ambrée assez pâle. Arôme de Muscat incroyable, sucre et malt. En bouche, une douceur incroyable, le miel ressort en bouche et en finale. Le muscat est présent, le malt, le miel. Belle finale douce et soyeuse, peu amère. Excellente.
remice2 (62) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cruchon ramené de Virginie, Pris chez dogfish. Arômes de miel ,céréales,safran,muscades et de sucre brun .légé coté herbeux.. en bouche c’est très crémeux,doux et facile... bref très rafraichissant ,sa coche!
tderoeck (4936) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
26/IX/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ hotel room tasting Borefts 2014 (Bodegraven) - BB: n/a (2014-1117) Thanks to Skatje for the trade!
Clear pale orange beer, creamy off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots or orange peel, bit oxidized, spicy, ginger, weird. MF: very lively carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet malts, sugary, banana, metallic touch, orange peel, sourish, spicy. Aftertaste: little bitter, metallic, banana. Meh.
AdiBeer (1375) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: intense honey, caramel, bread malts. Appearance: clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets continue, heavy malts, soft carbonation. Overall: very nice beer, fantastic aroma, pleasant palate. Bottle from Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad.
Dedollewaitor (14047) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Borefts - Opening Dutch Bottles Over The Sink, Tasting 2014. Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Dusty malty nose and flavor. Caramel, fruit, bread and alcohol. Medium bodied.
jbrana (461) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly perfumy with sweet honey flavor and some slight spice. Nice and smooth with some complex flavors.
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful pour. Smells like grapes, tastes like grapes. Too much grape, too much sweet. Not bad, just not my thing. Sits on the plate well.
julesjis (74) - Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 and looks like a Coors Light. Tastes like a kings beverage! Has a nice sweet grape must nose and first taste. Sweet and slightly creamy mouth feel lasts a while. Very refreshing and drinkable. Not a novelity, one-off beer.
liquidhedonism (94) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Hillsboro, OR. Initial nose has Sweet Tarts and cotton candy, but after tasting, the grapes and honey come out pretty strong, reminding me of a sweet mead. The yeast imparts a subtle clove aroma. Mouthfeel starts crisp and sweet, and finishes sweet and tart. Very interesting beer. Pretty tasty!