DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml bottle: $10 at O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) I can safely say this is absolutely one of the most unusual and complex beers I’ve ever tasted. The aroma tells you that right off. It smells somewhat like a sweet malt liquor, but with a fairly strong orange scent. In the flavor, I get orange peel, bubble gum, a sugary sweetness, gummy bears, spices, and light bitterness. However, as the beer warms, I think the beer’s character really comes out. And I mean warming to room temperature. It’s a bit bottle, so I have plenty of time to actually finish it. At this point, a really nice English fruitiness and caramely maltiness emerges in both the flavor and nose, and adds a degree of familiarity. The palate is sweet, but the light bitterness keeps it from becoming cloying. Dark amber or light brown color, it’s hard to tell because I’m outside the bar and my only real source of light is from the car lot across the street. Clear in appearance. Off-white head is somewhat bubbly and gradually fades to a dimpled sheen. No lace. I think this beer takes some getting used to as it’s just so odd, but with an open mind and a little patience to let the beer open up, you’re rewarded with a pretty nice beer with a flavor that will stick in your mind for a long time.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thak you to the mighty DARKELF for sharing this bottle at o’briens. Pours an amber hue with no head. Aromas of orange peel, colve, spice, and a little mint. mmmmm...this is unique. Mouthfeel is medium odied with flavors of oranges, spice, cinnamon, and hone. The finish is slightly bitterm but the sugarary sweet, and bubblegum flavor mellows it out. This is one of the most unique brews I’ve had yet.
joergen (22872) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden colour with small white head. Malty aroma with notes of oranges. Flavour is dominated by oranges with notes of malt, hops and spices. The oranges is too dominating for my liking.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Orange, with a smaller head. Unpleasant aroma. I certainly taste some citrus, probably orange. Kind of like a bad orange soda. Not very good.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like skunk, but a nice pour. VERY interesting flavor. Taste like orange candy. I like. Crazy french people!
Ernest (6574) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal), with notes of DMS, vegetation, detergent, and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Ugh...man oh man, what a shitty sample this was. Smells like someone dumped a can of Miller into an already bland French beer. Will get a second crack at this at BJ’s Winter Beer tasting, so we’ll see if this was a bad bottle...sure hope so, but frankly this just seemed like a poorly made beer.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear and ruby-red hue was nice, but the head faded away into nothing, quick. Very sweet nose with a strange, synthetic-like quality. Light and delicate body; soft and tingly carbonation; seemed a little too light and thin. Sugary-sweet malt base (much too sweet) reminded me of one of those sugar-coated orange wedges. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Dry and sugary in the aftertaste.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
High light brown head on a dark ruby body. Enticing aroma, and the promises are delivered when time has come to taste : a well-balanced christmas beer, not very malty, with fruity (orange, nuts) and choclate hints, and a nice aftertaste. A very well made christmas beer indeed
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Copper. Unpleasant aroma of corn, strawberry, lemon, orange gummy bears, caramel and dying flowers. Upon tasting, sickly sweet and only bareable in tiny baby sips. Tastes of melting plastic, orange seasoning, spice and toasted malts.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong citrus, earthy aroma that reminds me of the smell of an orange soda. Very strange. Clear golden, no head. Med. body. Very mild, but defined orange taste. Light sweetness.