Plaas (92) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red cabbage. Apple juice. Juniper berry. This tastes like one of my favourite Dutch dishes: beef stew with red cabbage and apple. I liked it this way, but I can imagine that people not into this style really dislike it. But hey, there are hoppy beers for you.
dEnk (4193) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ tasting. Flowers, malt ,spices. Flavour is sweetish flowery potpouri. Yuck. Not my thing.
erickok (4251) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy orange, small thin white head. Bay leaves, clove, oranges peel. No good. Bitter, yes, but not nice. More astringent. Bad aftertaste. No.
Vaiz (3796) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy orange. Aroma of spices, laurel, pickles, stew. Flavor is sour spicy and quite thin. Great to make meat stew, but hardly nice to drink
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 36cl, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2012, with herbs and spices, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, not complex sweet brew, spicy/malty and slightly floral/woody, not balanced, hazy, small head, nothing special, yet original brew!
TheCametron (2086) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 4, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Keg at Brewdog. Over cold. Hazy Amber with no head. Red berry Red wine nose. Tastes sour. Not sure how much that was the intention but it’s disconcerting in an IPA challenge. If you’d presented me this as a Belgian sour challenge, I’d have been more sympathetic. Pretty poor.
jamestulloch (2049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: Very minty - it smells like toothpaste! Some black pepper.
Appearance: Clear amber body. Holds its head less well than the BrewDog version - it disappears almost immediately. Light carbonation. No lacing.
Taste: The spearmint is, for me, far too overpowering. Sour flavour. This is pretty horrible, unfortunately.
Palate: Thin, watery body with a slightly oily texture. Prickly carbonation.
Overall: Brilliant experiment to brew a beer without hops - definitely something different! The BrewDog version is definitely better than this. Sadly, Flying Dog have come up with a cross between beer and a minty mouthwash - truly disgusting.
RichTheVillan (4384) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; drank shortly after the brewdog offering. They pour almost the same colour amber/red but slightly cloudier, lively head disappeared rapidly. This has achieved more bitterness than BD and a better mouthfeel but the flavour is odd like a puncture repair kit patch. The BD edges it. What are they going to do next?
tommann (2985) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. Pours dark gold with no head. Aroma is lemon, rosemary, elderflower and other herbs. Taste has rosemary, elderflower but also a bit of sick. Lemon on the finish.
cgarvieuk (17022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
tap at brewdog ... orange amber ... soft herbal orange ... light cabbage nose ..pepper spicy front ... light hint of spice ... lots of tomato juice ???little fizzy ... not my thing