FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden hazy colour with a huge white mostly lasing head. Heavy aroma of hops, yeast, fruits and spices. Great beer.
benfergy (246) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale yellow appearance, large head. The aroma is both reminiscent of a lager and of a wheat beer. The flavor, wow, pleasently herbal , sweet but not too sweet, a little sour. As for palate, this is the smoothest beer I’ve had. An excellent beer, it is one of those I would recommend to any beer fan.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a super pale effervescent yellow with a copious white foamy head that would lace beautifuly. A grainy yeast aroma with a spiciness indicative of rich aromatic herbs. You can certainly detect those sweet spices in the flavor which finishes with a subdued bitterness. Sort of reminds of a strong hefe in some ways. Exceptionally smooth, almost creamy with a slight warming sensation that is a nice touch.
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In terms of appearance, this is my reference: nuclear head leaving the finest lace, incredible carbonation, golden color. Wow! The nose is fruity, pears, yeasty and spicy, pepper. Flavor is very well balanced sweet a little sour and moderate bitterness. I get the pepper a lot more in the flavor. A beer I keep drinking over and over and still find it interesting.
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tall, thick, lasting white head Pale yellow in appearance. Aroma was a balanced blend of hops and yeast. Thirst quenching. Slightly sour taste. Pretty complex. Different from any ale I have had. Certainly does not taste like a 8.5% ABV. Deceivingly smooth.
DarkMagus (503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely fluffy and unrelenting head, aromas of malt, citrus, wheat...had it not been printed on the label I would have had no idea that this beer was 8.1%abv. Ultra refreshing, extremely drinkable, awesome beer.
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
what a wonderful surprise this beer was. It has a crisp/sweet taste and very large head. This was a very refreshing beer to say the least!
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very crisp beer, 8.5% well hidden and well used. The alcohol that does come up, comes up at the end, giving a nice flavorful and memorable aftertaste. You all know this one.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is beer candy, and the wrapper doesn’t even make that annoying plastic sound, the 8.5 doesn’t show it’s face in the flavor or in the bloodstream, must be magic, smiply put, beer magic. We should do some witch trials on this beer because it horrifies me, i really think that it is a witch or that it may be conjured by witches, either way i’ll drink it, all the while looking over shoulder for demonic woodland creatures and swooping gargoyles, tread lightly fellow beer seekers
bigcat03 (263) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 330ml Bottle from Johns poured into tumbler - Pours pale gold with a little haze with a 4 finger frothy white head that lasts forever and dwindles down to a little snowball; Leaves some nice lacing; Banana, malt, wheat, slight hint of hops, and a little bit of citrus to the nose; I really enjoy the well-balanced aroma; Hops, wheat, malt, banana on the initial taste; Some hops on a generally sweet backtaste; A nice, full mouthfeel; The alcohol is relatively well masked; VERY pleasant to drink. 7-4-8-4-18 = 4.1
ReRate 01/11/07: Best by: 03/2009. Added a point to appearance. This beer is beautiful in my Gulden Draak tulip. Lively carbonation like I’ve never seen! Aroma got another point as I allowed the beer to warm a bit before smelling it and this gave it a chance to release some very nice aromas.Palate loses one for now as the carbonation is almost too much out of this bottle. Flavor stays the same. Overall I wasn’t as impressed with this beer as I remember, so I’m knocking 1 point off the overall. Eager to see how it ages.