KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel color. Smell of yeast, caramel, bread, bannanas, spice and citrus peal/zezt. Taste of malt, caramel, yeast, orange zest, yeast, minor wheat and a touch of brown sugar. Refeshing ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange bronze with a thin, clingy-lacing white head. Aroma has a nice sweet light caramel and honey orange coriander character. Body starts fairly full and wheaty sweet with good honey and coriander flavor toward a crisp, bittersweet finish with a good dose of bready yeast. A nice witbier.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do like the name, gotta give them that, even before the crown is cracked.
Lightly hazed, golden hued appearce, slim, soon-gone head, highly carbonated ...nice, though...
Sweetness in the aroma, plenty of citrus and spice, an orangey/lemon kick, and some coriander and pepper in there, too...delectable, enticing, likable, yes...
Taste: deliciousness is here, there’s some tart, and some bitter, some grit, and a slice of sweet...good texture, lots of give and play...nothing too slick or smooth in this, plenty of flavor, loads of fruit...has all the earmarks of a good, Belgian-style pale ale. In fact, if you blindfolded me, and served it to me, it peg it as a Belgian, and wouldn’t dream it was from an upstart Wisconsin micro.
"Dangerously drinkable" says the label, sort of what you’d say about something like Duvel, but there’s no abv listed....would be nice to know how much alcohol I’m ingesting....it feels on the upper edge.
More from the label: "unrepentant, unpretentious, and unfiltered, our Belgian style pale ale features a touch of wheat and plenty of hops."
Yep, they’re telling the truth there...and the goofy name charms me more than something that arches toward the ages.
More lemon, more wheat, more straw, more hops....damn tnagy, and really good!
I’d love to find out more about the ingredients, and the abv, and maybe more...this is perhaps the most impressive and enjoyable brew I’ve tasted from these guys yet! Good job!
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear medium orange with a fizzy white head and constant rising carbonation. Aroma picked up spicy yeast and banana bread.. apple skins and apricots.. and a rather hefty sweet candy presence (not unlke Circus Peanuts)... intriguing. Flavor had bunches of light fruity sweetness at the core, well-accented by white pepper and clove spiciness.. perfumey notes increase with warmth. Just about medium-bodied with OK balance to it.. quite a lot of spicage going on. Solid brew.
argo0 (11980) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle) Hazy light amber body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, apricot/peach, perfume, Belgian yeast, some duskiness. Taste is medium sweet, Belgian yeast/dusky, some orange/peach, earthy. Somewhat dry finish. Light-medium body, light acidic.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Earthy aroma on this light yellow beer. Slight hoppiness in the body and in the nose.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly translucent and orange with caramel accents for color, and an everlasting, creaming, whipped foam head. Aroma starts things off right, with sweet banana meringue, caramel saturated honey grahams, massive amounts of fresh coriander, hints of grains of paradise and a rustic, sweet lime treated accent at the end. Flavor produces a similarly amplified picture. Coriander is freshly harvested and cracked, then dispersing with a fairly husky complex throughout the palate. Crispy wheat chex and cackled white pepper treat with pils malt and a hint of buttery sourdough baguettes. A supporting role of banana-apple marmalade sneaks in with prominent hopping before fading into the larger coriander motif. Medium to fuller bodied and well balanced with fluffy carbonation and a heightened, tripel-esque bitterness. The finish is one hundred percent coriander smashed with a colander onto honey graham crackers. Quite an enjoyable summer quaff.
JK (4865) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Furthermore’s second best beer. Aroma of a barnyard, very Belgian in character. Flavor has lemon and lots of hops blended with spices. Refreshing and easy to drink. Aroma leads the drinker to believe it might even be sour but it doesn’t get there.
badgerben (4577) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Skyview! Cloudy yellow with no head. Strong aroma of banana and spices. Lots of coriander, wheat and banana in the taste. Big yeasty finish. Oh hells yeah!
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Bob’s McFarland Liquors in McFarland, WI. Pours a cloudy light caramel amber brew with a thick fizzy off-white head. Aroma of light wheat, yeast and a touch of orange peel. Other aroma picked up were banana esters and herbal hops. Taste is highly carbonated, yeasty dry palate and medium bodied. Finish is dry and smooth. An unusual name for a Begian Ale and a good light style Belgain at best.