DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewery. Straw yellow colored hazy brew with a medium sized white head, very similar looking to most wits. The nose also has the characteristic barnyard and hay aspects, but that mixed with lots of pepper. Same with the flavor that starts out like many good witbiers, but then gets overpowered by black pepper. Initially I liked it until about halfway through the glass when I was wishing I had some fried food to pair this with, as the pepper was getting to be too much on its own. So as they say, it’s probably lovely with fried chicken, but it’s not one I’ll rush to order again when I’m not eating.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. SUPER cloudy yeast bomb yellow. Nose is corainder, black peppercorn, orange peel, honey. Flavor is quite peppery, some honey cereal malts, light citrus sweetness. Good, but the peppercorn is a bit overpowering.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours hazy bright golden with a funky looking head--clumps a little bit. Nose is honey and pepper and earth. Taste adds lots of black pepper in a pleasant way. Dry finish. Big improvement on the R & D batch, I think. I’d drink more of this, for sure.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Fullsteam, Durham. Faintly cloudy deep golden pour, medium carbonation. Aroma was fairly pleasant, somewhat sharp from the yeast and pepper barely detectable. Body is lightly prickly but mostly just smooth and at times full. Flavors were moderately standard wit but there was enough going on from the additions to make this one moderately more interesting than the norm, especially in the peppery finish.
OldGrowth (2982) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Brewery. Good aroma, yeasty. Cheese, dough, clove, pepper. Cloudy Orangy yellow. Tart flavor, sweet streak about it. Light body, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish. Very nice. Real peppery finish. A lot going on with flavor.
jtd6628 (360) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. The pepper in this ale is savory and comes through without much heat, which complements the lemongrass and citrusy taste really well.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at Brewvival on 2/25/12. golden pour with a 1+ finger white head. citrus and spice nose with oats. med body with citrus, spice, pepper and wheat. semi dry finish with a light tartness and spice.
Drake (10845) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brewvival 2012. Pours hazy orange with a large creamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of wheat, spice, earthy notes, citrus. The taste is big citrus, wheat, spice, caramel. Medium bodied.