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Elysian Icarus (Bottleworks V)



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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Brewed by Elysian Brewing Co. of Seattle, Icarus Belgian-style Tripel was released to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of Bottleworks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Draft at the 2009 Great Elysian Beer Festival. Totally forgot we had this on the shelf at the BW for a while back then. I liked it. It was the best thing ever, but it held fairly well and tasted great after a year +.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
10-Feb-14 (22-oz bottle)
I generally toss beers like this, ones that are clearly off for one reason or another, but based on the reviews over the years, this is how many others experienced it as well. Expecting an oxidized Tripel to be immediately drain-poured, instead turns out to be something resembling a fruit sour. It pours a clear, amber body with a quarter inch, off-white head that settles to a thin ring. The nose is sweet and sour, with a potent, sweet, fruity aroma, almost cherry-like, with a noticeable bready and semi-caramely malt backing. That sweet, yet bready and toasty malty base is evident in the flavor as well, and though the beer tastes sweet, itís not caramely sweet in character, but more fruity like cherry preserves. The tartness is moderate, but somehow in balance with the fruity and malty sweetness; very odd that a mistake (the sourness) could be at seemingly a perfect level, one of those happy mistakes. Itís medium-full in weight, light-medium in acidity, medium in carbonation, and despite the sweetness, still finishes with a bit of dryness. Overall, this clearly isnít an authentic Tripel, and based on reviews, most people think it never was. So throwing the intended style out the window, as a "mystery beer," itís most definitely interesting and worth drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Draft @ Brouwerís Bottleworks X release party; clear dark orange with plenty of carbonation; slight sourness on the nose with musky syrup and sweet apple candy; slightly sharp on first sip with raw sugars, sour apples and bitter orange; nice to try, but probably not as intended at this point

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry malty, light oxidised. Mild spiced. Sweet fruity, dense caramelish and slight sticky. Fruity lingering finish with a mild toasted caramel malt touch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Floydster on the hookup at woddshop! Orangish pour. Funky(cheese)aroma and some overripe citrus fruit. Flavor is quite tart and funky. Tastes better than the nose would indicate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Sample from 22oz via Floydster. Pours a mostly clear peach color with a frothy white head. Nose is quite fruity with some tart citrus. Flavor is also fruity with some faint dry oak qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Another Elysian in which one flavor overwhelmed me. In this one, all I could taste was a funky cheese/dairy/sour milk flavor. The smell was complex, with vinegar, sugar, malts and apple predominating, but the cheesy taste overpowered what I think were some spicy cinnamon notes and a bit of pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Cloudy orange with a head just covering the top. Aroma of cinnamon and something that reminds me of spanish cheddar cheese? slight bittering hops with some fruit spices. Taste is spices and peppery a bit. Palate is quite creamy and full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Thanks for sharing Jason! 2003 vintage bottle? The beer pours to a vibrant orange body with a white head thatís got spotty lacing. The aroma is candied pineapple and other fruits. Slight oxidation. The flavor is sour fruit and pale malts. Still tastes fine but I doubt that itís what itís supposed to be. The palate is sour and tangy. Summed up itís like a tripel gueuze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bomber thanks to Andre! Poured medium orange with a well-retained cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sour paler and light fruity malts with notes of cinnamon, white pepper, and lemony/orangey zest.. sour and well-presented. The flavor was sour throughout, but in a good way.. candied pineapple, orange zest, and some funk gave it a little bit of gueuze character.. black pepper and coriander spicage around.. paler malts at the core. Medium-bodied and sour again on the palate but with decent balance.. I was prepared for much worse, so I enjoyed it.

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