notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy copper pour, high carbonation, little head - nose of ginger, spice and biscuits - flavor shares many characteristics with the raison d'etre, mostly in the sweeter aspects - perhaps the same beet sugars are used - ginger is subdued yet present - grainy, bready finish - a good beer, but it doesn't seem a worthy product of such a "grand" project.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2004 Clear oarnge. Fizzy,short lived head. Leaves incomplete ring. Aroma is nice,with ginger,yeast,malt,sugar. Light body,quite light. Lightly fizzy carbonation,soft body makes extremely,drinkable. Starts fruity,bready. Follows with ginger,yeast,and malts. Finish is long,tastes like a biscuit with apple butter. Although I'm pleased with this,if you drink the whole bottle yourself,it will wear thin after the first glass or so.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright and bubbly liquid. Carbonation similar to soda. Light spice aroma. Unique flavor, fruity start, spicey middle and sweet finish. Quite tasty but a little to sweet in the aftertaste.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I want to hear more about the ice from Antarctica that is allegedly in this. Fairly thin body, a lot of grainy rice character. Gingery but not overpowering. Temperature increase exposed the one-dimensional flavor. Very sweet when above 65 degrees or so.
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faded pumpkin with powdery yeast speckles. Quick, broken, dusty-white bubbles. Fruity, gingery aroma with a very simplistic, lightly toasted, papery pale malt lining. Scattered star anise, clover honey, flowers, apple must, and cane sugar undertones. Gentle, brushing carbonation. Slick and light. Starts with lovely subdued spice and a fabulously fluffy glazed sensation nestled into a very solid, smooth, biscuity malt anchor. Extremely soft and mineral-like. Finishes with everlasting biscuity malts alongside ginger, flower, spruce notes, grainy, tingly sugar, and a cunning Belgian flare. Lingering white grape and subtle toastiness deflects the juicy hop tease. The ginger is very well-placed in all areas and plays exquisitely with the base of the brew. Extremely quaffable, due to its light body and superb balance. Very nice.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a slightly hazy amber color, some white head, diminishing. Aroma was slightly spicy with some herbal and earthy elements. Flavor had the ginger as well as some woody notes. Definitely interesting, but I'm not sure about this one.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a transparent copper color with a full sheet of bubbles..aroma was malty sweet going in the vegital direction..maybe some squash or yams or something..who knows...flavors of grapes, ginger, cloves, and fruitcake..spritzy mouthfeel like spicy champagne...alcohol heat..a little tartness to round things out with some bitterness to back it up in the very end..almost to the point of bitter chocolate. then a lingering gingerness. quite drinkable.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant, clear amber with a thin, white head. A very interesting aroma of sweet ginger, strong, toasty malt, a touch of sugary sweetness. Medium to thin in the body. Spicy and warming flavors with plenty of ginger, fresh herbs, sweet apples and nutty, toasty malt. A touch of hops in the finish. Very interesting and oddly enjoyable. A nice holiday beer whose spice level is calm enough to allow one to enjoy it for 75cl.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoothness. Lots of subtle flavors. I drank it colder than recommended, but as it warmed I didn't noticed much of a difference.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. Deep amber rust with a bleached white head. A spider web of aromas grab my nose: candied ginger, and other asian smells (edomame, rice and wasabi), biting alcoholic brown sugar, grass and heather. Very light carbonation and thin palate, almost watery consistency, though coats the mouth just a touch. Flavours abound with fleshy apricots, oranges, sharp red apples and green grapes on the fruit side combined with bitter honey, vanilla, wheat and other grains. A wild and fascinating beer, that drifts the imagination into all sorts of strange places. Well done DFH!