beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One pint, 9.4 fl oz (750 mL) brown bottle purchased from Di Carlo Wine and Spirits (formerly Armanetti’s), Mundelein, IL. 6.8% ABV. 2005 vintage. Clear red amber ale having a small diminishing white head with space lacing. No discernable carbonation. Nice spicy orange zest aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness and spicy, orange flavors. Finishes with pleasant light malt aftertaste. I thought this was a Belgium beer but it’s French – oh la la! An outstanding drinkable winter brew. Loved the spicy orange aroma and flavor. Sampled on 2005 Christmas day with visiting family members who unanimously gave it a “two-thumbs” up.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a dark caramel with a nice thick head.
Aroma is yeast and citrus with a spice, citrus and caramel.
Smokey, burnt wood flavor on the finish.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a musty bar/basement aroma. Caramel color body with thin head. Flavor was mostly spice driven but not bad. Wet wood and roasted aftertaste that was decent. Good Brew variety of things in this one.
thedm (5494) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This corked and caged bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was transparent and caramel brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild caramel malt. Its mouth feel is smooth with a slightly tingly mellow palate and a mild caramel malt aftertaste. Its flavor was malty with a mild caramel malt note. An above average brew.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is slightly musty, sour. orange, brown in color with a thick bubbly tan head. Flavor is honey, orange and malt. Very still and lacks any sort of bite. Almost tastes like a low alcohol mead though slightly less still than a mead would be. I think more spice and hops are in order here just to give it an edge to this fat round flavor.
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours brown with a tanned head. Sweet an very perfumed. Aromas of lots of orange, spices, caramel and a hint of chocolate. The orange aroma doesn´t go well with the other aromas. Dry finish. Too perfumed, too much orange.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
NOUVEAU GOUT. Dark red in color, rich with a tight-bubbled, tan, sustained head. Aroma is intense with tangerines and candied apple, sweet, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is same as the aroma. Simple, straightforward, good development of intense flavors (to the point of almost being overwhelming) on the palate, lush for such a low alcohol beer, and pretty unique. Just a right amount of bitterness hits late in the profile to finish the beer.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown amber colored, little vanishing white head. Caramel, mild alcohol, licorice and orange in aroma. Medium bodied. Plum, aramel, sweetness in flavor, ends with lasting sweetness and mild alcohol.
harrisoni (16837) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2005 75cl bottle from Auchan. Red chestnut colour with thin beige head. Almost like a nuttly, spicey malty shandy. Overly carbonated with spice/citrus finish. Bit of tea and candy sugar too. Not that nice. Lemon flavours and the spice are a bit artifial and it doesn’t all sit together very well.
oh6gdx (24587) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 2005 version. Reddish amber (copper) coloured, big white sparkling bubbly head, which disappears quickly. Aroma is alcoholic, fruity and caramellish. Flavour is fruity with hints of hops. Also caramel and toffee in flavour. The dominating fruit is orange (almost orange marmeladeish). It gets better as it warms up, a bti colder than room temperature gives the most of the orange-marmelade flavour. Long orange in aftertaste. I like!