sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours slightly hazy reddish-amber with a nice white head. Aroma is really bretty at first, but then almost takes a barley wine turn with strawberry--although it is more like a strawberry/apple/banana juice that i had a while ago. A little caramel when it warms too. Taste is a bit of a letdown, with muddled malt, caramel, and a difficult to distinguish fruitiness--plum I think. Medium-thin mouthfeel, average length, dry finish. Overall, a solid, albeit not spectacular beer.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of nuts, herbs, earth, and florals. Flavor of citrus, Belgian yeast, light brett, grass, and herbs.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to LtDan. Pours with a hazy golden body and a small off-white head. Aromas of tea, ginger, earthy, estery, pepper, light woodsy.Flavors of apricot, jam, caramel, bready. Medium bubbles, dry.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Pours a bright orange with only swirls of white atop.
Aroma: Light earth, brett and vanilla.
Taste: Pale malt, spicy euro hops, faint brett and aluminum.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
85/204. Thanks Allen. Beautiful sark orange color with minimal head. Dry, Brett dominated aroma. A very dry body with a solid Brett base. Very smooth, well balanced.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winterfest ’11. I liked this. It isn’t a big beer, but lighter and easy enough to drink, almost like Orval. Dry aroma with wildflowers. Golden color. Mild hops and yeast in the flavor. Dry grassy finish.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Winterfest. From notes. I had high hopes for this one, and hopefully I will be able to try a bottle when it has some time on it. As it was, it was a very average belgian golden ale. Very little funk anywhere, and anything that i did get may have been wishful thinking.
arminjewell (5148) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Winterfest ’11. Aroma has notes of some funk, yeast notes, some biscuit and a touch of hops. Taste is mainly biscuity malt, notes of funk and lemon with a touch of other citrus exist, finishing slightly sweet. Good start to this type of brew, but needed much more time on the brett.
islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The ninth beer I sampled at Winterfest 2011 in St. Paul on 2-4-11. Approximately 2 oz. pour. Pours a cloudy, tan / light amber with a small amount of beige head. Very pleasant, wheaty, sweet aroma. Dry, fruity taste features lemon and Clementine flavors. Medium body. Undercarbonated (perhaps due to being poured from an open, previously corked – I think – bottle). Disappointing. Fitger’s billed this beer as a tribute to Orval, one of my favorite beers in the world, and, consequently, it was the beer to which I had been looking forward most at Winterfest.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2011. Dark gold color with a medium head. Light lemony aroma. Light caramel flavor. Vanilla and honey notes. A bit of pineapple towards the end of the glass. Dry finish. I’ll freely admit that I generally hate Orval, but this is damn fine.