DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 This was originally the St. Benedict’s Tripel, but when Matt took it to Night of the Living Ales, the others brewers were suprised he hadn’t named a "baby beer" for his new daughter, as is tradition at Goose Island. So it’s named "Ella’s Epidur-Ale" on the taps at Flossmoor. Draft, served by Matt. Deliciously light copper color. I picked up a taste of honey, which Matt admitted to adding only to get more ferntability. Bit of a cream sherry character. Strong and warming alcohol feel adds to a buttery feel (I mean buttery in a good way.). I had a feel for some ginger, but Matt said he added no spices to this at all, so it’s just a function of the yeast and whatever Styrian and East Kent Goldings hops were put in. Sweet, tasty, and great in the Trappist glass they serve it in.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light Golden Brown Coloring. Candy Sugar Aroma. Sweet Candy Notes with Alcohol Warming. Light Wheat and Yeast Background. Overall a Very Sweet But Still Tasty Concoction.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shining golden hue wearing a slight haze and a diminishing white head. Québec’s barley sugar, candied caramel apples, clover honey and various herbs form an undecided aroma forgetting the notion of focus and going strong on yeast (doughy and estery), malts and hops. Full bodied, lots of malt(and alcohol) in there, the carbonation being perhaps a bit limited for a belgian style. Seriously sweet for such a hoppy beer. Every ingredient provides packs of flavors, they remain surprisingly in communion if not transcendent or spectacular in their balance. A karmeliet without the class nor restraint. I’d gladly have a full-size portion at the pub.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub
Golden amber, thin head. Very sweet aroma with some yeast and a bit of fruit. Rich sweet sugary malty flavor with light-to-medium hop bitterness and some grass. Thick palate. Could use a touch more hop finish. Still, a very fine effort.
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light gold color with no head. Aroma is missing. A surprisingly sweet wheat taste comes through right away. Candy sugar on the side with some grass and yeast. Not too shabby.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light gold and mostly clear. Intensely sweet malts, with notes of rock candy, honey, and caramel. Fantastic hop aromas, with herbs, flowers, and honey. Slightly grassy bitterness to cleave off the sweetness. Really tasty trip.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange with a frothy, dissipating white head. Candyish aroma with apricots and rose petals. Flavor is heavily sweet with lots of honey and candied cloves, orange and ginger. Med-light body. Finishes heavily boozy. Very good interpretation.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: Coppery hue with golden highlights topped by a fading frothy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of honey, thistle, clove, banana, herbal hops, and estery yeast. The taste starts sweet with honey and butterscotch notes followed by some ripe fruit and spicy hops. The finish has a twang (almost lactic) and a kick of alcohol. The feel is sticky but not heavy, warming and semi-dry. A solid effort with good character, spiced nicely.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper with a jiggly creamy white head. Aroma is like a sink filled with dish soap for several hours, some lemon detergent and a small clove accent. Full mouthfeel. Strong triple ABV sting is really proclaimed. Lemon poppyseed muffins, lemon juice and pepper flavor. Creamy and spicy, feels hot on the palate. Enjoyable.
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pure golden in appearance with a nose of banana liqueur. Flavor held a decent, thorough sourness with the pleasure being held in the lingering aftertaste of bananas and cinnamon. Medium bodied, yet seemed thicker with a warm, syrupy texture down the throat.
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mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice pour on tap good head light gold color. Alcohol sweet aroma, after dinner beer for sure. Sweet tasting with a nice kick.