Grima (2000) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, - JAN 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer in the glass is amber-colored, very hazy, with flat fine head. It smells yeasty and fruity, grainy and slight smoky. Starts pleasantly smoky, subtly sweet and yeasty in the background, with a solid malt base. The middle part is subtly tart, again with a pleasant smoky flavor.. Goes into a fruity-sweet and subtly smoky finish with some yeast flavor!
Scopey (4602) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade, shared at Bruce’s. It pours amber with a small white head. The nose is earth, light toffee, smoke, orange, tangerine and medicinal notes. The taste is wood, varnish, light alcohol, stewed fruit, light bitterness, smoke, medicinal notes and earth with a dry, lightly smokey finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Grows on you. Smooth, well and nice balance.
Leighton (8617) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Many thanks to Paul. Pours hazy amber-orange with a frothy white head. Nose has hints of peaty malts, some dry caramel, touches of ripe fruits. Light to medium sweet flavor, more light peaty smoke, a bit of bread, some orange, minerals, light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild earthy bitterness to finish, peat, dry bread, faint dry caramel, some marmalade. Quite tasty and dynamic.
kraddel (1904) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
smells smoked, pours blonde, no foam. tastes smoked but not too much... meh
tderoeck (3586) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 12/I/13 - 33cl bottle from Biernavigatie (webshop, NL) @ home - BB: XI/2012 - bottled: V/2012 (2013-15)
Cloudy red brown beer, big creamy beige head with some bigger bubbles, bit adhesive. Aroma: very peated, whisky malt, bit sour, wheat, some caramel, smoky. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very peated, smoky, bit sour, red berries, green banana peel, bit malty, some caramel, bitter touch, earthy. Aftertaste: sour touch, little hoppy, very smoky, leathery, dry.
Martinus (2522) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy amber colour, white head. Smoky aroma, caramel and malts. Quite smoky flavour, light sweet, ash, light fruit. Weird smoky finish, caramel and malts.
The last style to rate here on rb. Can’t say I am clear now on the difference between Scotch Ale and Scottisch Ale, but I’m not sure Freigeist made the most typical Scottisch Ale ever either. At least it is a start.
(From 33cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. Courtesy of both tderoeck and 77ships. Thanks sirs!)
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottles from tderoeck and 77ships, thank you gentlemen! Murky orange color, fluffy white head. Aroma is interesting floral perfume. Taste is smoky caramel.
77ships (3019) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two bottles of this were present @ RBBWG 2013. One from tderoeck (thx!) & one from me. 33 cl. Neat label & name is more akin to what you would expect a malt liquor to be called. People wanted this one for the super-elusive Scottish Ale tick. I do find it hilarious that they wanted to get an idea of how a style should be done traditionally based on a Freigeist beer :) Pours hazy golden. Oh, smoked malts in the nose, even peated touch, smoke blended with sweet malts with quite a bit of fruits. Taste is smoked, peated, caramel, toffee, buried under a fruity sourness, lemon, touch children vitamins, quite similar streak to a completely different Freigeist beer I recently tried, similar infection? bitter & sour spices, some fruits. Interesting the added smoke & touch peat. Bit flatter. I dig this odd stuff.
sebletitje (5983) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of 77ships.
Oragée opaque, col beige.
Arôme est malté avec une pointe de fumé subtile, le tout se terminant sur un généreux profil caramel. Discerne entre tout cela un léger bouquet fruité-houblonné qui reste en retrait par rapport au malt.
Palais, levure présente, malt fumé léger donnant une fin de bouche tourbe mais minime, le tout se terminant sur un côté grains. Au final, pas spécialement un meilleur exempla du style.
Benzai (5743) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque hazy orange color, just a slightly white head on top. Smell malts and smoke. Taste malts, smoke, fingerpaint I used in school as a kid, slight bitter hint. Don’t like it. Medium body and carbonation.
turbothy (1027) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, two months past BB date. Pours cloudy reddish amber with a very small head. Aroma is intensely smoky oak, flavour an overpowering, malty whiskey with only slight bitterness. Interesting and unbalanced.