wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Well, time to give this one another shot, I suppose. Gorgeous, just as before, a frothy off-white head slowly comes down over a medium amber body, bottle conditioning refracts the light and creates broad colour transitions. The aroma is much more distinct this time around. Sherry notes marry with hints of mild tobacco; bright oak and perfume once again present. Thick, dark, bready malt profile is slathered with raspberry and cherry confitures. Caramel comes late to the party, but shows with some warmth. Freshly snapped mint and a pinch of lime juice tops it all off. Big, spicy bread during the initial flavour with soft cherry acidity leads into a long, drying oak and tobacco finish with retronasals of perfume and citrus. Caramel and sherry drift in and out the entire time. The finish has just enough bite to show off the big alcohol. The mouthfeel is silky, with soft yet plentiful carbonation. The body starts slightly larger than most, but dries out in the finish. This bottle, unlike my last, has a lot of life and serious character. It’s like a dark 3 Monts. New rating is strictly for this bottle.
33cl bottle, Leffe goblet, bbe 06.03.10.
33cL bottle, snifter. Crackling bubbles within the large off-white, foamy head allow it to slowly descend over a brassy amber body until only a thin froth remains. The aroma is restrained, at best, and even at room temperature I have trouble acquiring the volume of aroma a beer of this gravity should possess. Sherry-like oxidation notes are quickly detected, flowing smoothly into a sanguine/iron mineral profile all with a gentler still lactic element underneath. As the beer warms a bright oak/perfume aroma presents itself along with a soft cilantro note. A hint of raspberry and blackberry jams peers out eventually and has trouble finding a foothold with everything else going on. Fruity, cherry-like, sweetness and acidity takes shape at the front of the tongue, underscored by an elusive earthiness—tobacco, perhaps. During the swallow, the tongue becomes engulfed in peppery acidity and a pickled sourness, which eventually fade out to realize a soft, herbal finish and a dry sherry aftertaste. Slippery and bubbly, the mouthfeel does little to enhance the experience. A word I use very rarely in describing any attempt at any Belgian style is appropriate here: reserved. Worse yet, the complexity simply isn’t that stunning, not to mention the fall-off from aroma to flavor. (6/4/5/3/11 = 2.9)
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent amber copper with a large, spotty-lacing frothy light tan head. Aroma of toasty biscuity malt and some sweet grain along with a touch of green noble hops. Body starts with a sweet earthy caramel maltiness and good authentic bitter balance. Finishes slightly warming and bittersweet. True to style and enjoyable, but could hide it’s alcohol a little better.
Finn (4480) - Tromsř, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown colour. Unclear. A large tanned head that almost disappeared completely. The "champagne" sensation is a bit exaggerated so the flavour almost drowns, but there are qualities to be explored. Malt and caramel shines through.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, mild fruit and yeast. Malty caramel flavor with some floral notes. Lively mouthfeel.
Miksu (4982) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Amber color with large fluffy head. Malty, caramelly, toffeish and lightly fruity aroma with some tart alcohol and vanilla. Sweetish and tart flavor with toffee, caramel and restrained fruitiness. Strongly carbonated. The combination of caramel and tartness is somewhat repulsive.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber body with a moderate head, good lacing. Aroma is yeast, caramel, hint of hops. Flavor has some grassy hops in the finish and later some alcohol burn. Not my favorite style, but I didn’t mind this.
Rune (8587) - Tromsř, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice 330ml bottle design. Amber coloured body with light toffee aroma. A huge white cap that looks attractive in the glass. Surprisingly moderate palate compared to its strength in alcohol. Fresh apple flavour with a good share of malt and a bitter finish. Hidden alcohol. The flavours blossom as the beer warms up.
thornecb (4595) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright orange/amber into a tulip. Monstrous, fluffy tan head. Sour fruit notes. Lightly carbonated and smooth. Upfront honey/hay with a lasting caramel finish. Feel (don’t taste) the alcohol.
dwyerpg (4686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
What makes this style this style? Smells ok, looks ok, tastes ok. For being a wild yeast beer I thought it would be more wild and yeasty. and funky. Pretty balanced with a little hops and caramel in the finish. An average beer.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Willblake at the NYRBG. Mostly clear golden color with a small white head. Sweet, fruity malt aroma with some caramel, yeast and a bit of green apple. Flavor starts off sweet and malty with some caramel and doughy bread before turning mildly tart on the finish. I wouldn’t have guessed this was a Biere de Garde if I wasn’t told.