NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Acre. Pours a hazy gold with orange at the edge. Nose is really grape oriented, light pepper esters as well. Weird boozy note. Fusel? On tasting the grapes are really present again. Not very robust hop profile and yeast is quite strange. Grapes are jUst too distracting. Malty backbone. Far from my favorite in the subpar 2011 replicales...
andyhwcinc (1259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this on tap at Farmhouse in Chicago, IL; was told by the bartender that I should get a different Finchís beer instead of this one...and I agree now. Itís not that this is a bad brew, it is what it is (Belgian session ale). I didnít take tasting notes so I canít remember every detail about this one, but it was drinkable but left sour notes and had some off flavors. Finchís is good stuff, this stuff isnít the greatest though, just average.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at Goose Belgian Fest (Chicago, IL). Pours a well hazed amber pour, touches of golden glow with a frothy offwhite head that sits atop. Laces ok, bigger film overall. Aromas are. Bit sticky with bready malts, touches of fruit, apple, bubblegum. Some dry florals and grass, faint spice. Initial is dry and lighter bodied up front. Touches of phenols and bubblegum, dry hops, touches of dry and sweet punch in and out. Packs some decent flavors for a 4.8 beer. Into the backend, dry and crisp breadiness, some touches of fruit, light earthy hops. Maybe a light bready yeast spice, but not all that Belgian. Nice lighter and sessionable Belgian. Ok. Lacking some great character.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yes first rate, suck on that Adam!! Pours dull amber white head. Nose grain husk, caramel. Flavor has a generic spicy Belgian yeast with no hop character, grainy and pretty gross.