DCLawyer (2374) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. Draft at Churchkey. Orange-gold with small offwhite head. Smoky, with citrus sweet malt. Some sour notes are present but in the background. Interesting.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~50 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a deeply cloudy straw gold, and forms virtually no head. What head does form is white bubbles, which vanish completely in short order.
Smell: Deliciously smoky, all charred wood over a base of semi-sweet wheat malt and some vague hints of light fruit.
Taste: Hardwood smoke and ash colors the entire tasting experience, overlaying the rest of the flavor profile with shades of fire and char. Beneath the smoke, a light wheat malt base forms a somewhat crackery-toasty backbone, amidst which notes of salt, white grape, pear, apple bark, and something akin to bell pepper swirl by. At the finish, the smoke recedes just enough to allow a brief burst of concentrated salt and black pepper through, ere settling into a wood smoke aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Just this side of completely flat, with an almost oily creamy weight that breaks down towards watery at the very end of each sip.
Overall: A delightful smoked light wheat beer, with just a hint of mineral saltiness. I approve, and will repeat.
DandyWolfFloyd (977) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite interesting beer. In my experience there is no beer comparable in attributes.
Aroma - is tart and full lactic barnyard sort of funk. The smoke doesn’t come through, not much anyway.
Appearance - golden body with a white head that fades quickly into a thin ring.
Taste - is weird in the most enjoyable way. There is a definite tang, not too sweet not too sour ~ but then there is a beechwood smoke that hangs around subtle but good.
Palate - body is light, texture thin, carbonation is lively, the finish is tart and tangy. It is like drinking a fine light Lambic in a smokehouse.
Most unusually pleasing.
Mister_Li (624) - GERMANY - NOV 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trübes gelborange mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, rauchig, etwas Speck, eine leichte Säure, sehr süffig.
MrHangover (3716) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden beer with a small white head on top. Aroma has a big smoke note, slightly grainy and wheaty. Smoke overwhelms a bit, in a good way. Flavor is a bit weird with smokey notes, slighly sweet but also a bit bitter and citrussy, Has some banana sweetness in the start and finish. Decent amount of carbonation and a slightly yeasty presence in the mouthfeel. Cool beer for sure, fun to try.
superspak (4221) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wood smoke, salt, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready/smoked malt, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wood smoke, salt, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness and tangy wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wood smoke, wheat, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready/smoked malt, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly saline mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked wheat beer style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of bready/smoked malts, earthy hops, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This was not lactic sour at all as I would expect for the labeled style, but it is a very enjoyable offering as a smoked weizen style.
jaghana (5225) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @fine mousse, A clear copper beer with medium head. Nose is very peated with sweet caramel notes touch of smoke too. Aroma is on wet wood, smoke, sour background (is that wanted ??), lactic notes, dry, less complex, quite disappointing, low body.
charule (2047) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at La Fine Mousse. Poured cloudy orange with white head. Aroma quite malty some citrus. Med carb and bod. Tastes dry malty little sour funk tinge.
robinvboyer (3873) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the beer bistro.
Hazy yellow pour, big off white head. Aroma, is all smoke, burnt wood, and some grass. Watery mouth feel,very soft carb. Finish is quite smoky, and it dominates and detracts from everything else. Not getting much sourness at all, and almost no savoury saltiness. It’s just smoky. Disappointing.
ronaldtheriot (1687) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abraxxxas has a medium, cream-colored head, a very cloudy, unfiltered, golden appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. When the bottom caked sediment is swished and poured in, a gray cloud descends into the beer. Aroma is of mild smoke and pungent "beer aroma". Taste is of maraschino cherries, smoked malt, wheat, honey wheat bread, and no alcohol or bitterness. Some sourness is evident, but only in a sourdough way, so one would NOT think of this, I think, as a typical sour beer. Mouthfeel is medium, and Abraxxxas finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. Quite the interesting beer, this. RJT