nuplastikk (5032) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml corked bottle. Golden-orange color with a thick head. Sweet, creamy taste. Very smooth, exceptionally so. Light meady notes with a light dry, hoppy balance. Very delicate mouthfeel. This is a great Biere de Garde, vastly underrated. Excellent malt character, a perfect example of the style.
hayduke (3683) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The set me back $9.75 at the North Coast Coop in Arcata, CA. Poured a very clear dark gold, with fat white head and great lacing. Nose of caramel malts and ripe fruit. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor tends toward the malts and the finish is slightly sweet. OK once, but too expensive for this quality to drink again.
thornecb (4786) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface leaving spider lacing. Sweet malt aromas. Crisp and sweet caramel malt upfront. Lasting alcohol finish.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick white, frothy head. Clear golden color. Fairly complex but a bit light on body.
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 750ml bottle. The large, lightly off white head leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is earthy and funky with some moss. There is a lightly tart leather note. The taste has some tart prunes and finishes with salty leather. There is also a little bit of cinnamon spice. A decent brew, and very strongly flavored with soft carbonation.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750->snifter: Pours a spare, creamy, white, but diminishing head that exhibits fair lacing atop a clear, amber body. Aroma is of cookie, caramel, banana, and grape. The body is light, the texture is thin, and there is a soft carbonation with an astringent finish. Flavor’s duration is average and lightly sweet. Not a horrible beer, but given the price, I’d be hard pressed to try it again.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A 0.33L bottle from Alko shop. Hazy pale yellow colour. White fast dissappearing head. Some hints of grass in the nose. Slight hoppiness and also sweetness in the taste.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best By Date May 2009; Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip with an almost four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and a rich gold color that turns to a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of spicy-fruit and malt notes. The nose reminds me of a perfectly ripe, sweet, aromatic apple that has a touch of spiciness to it. Grassy grain notes and a touch of dusty malt becomes lightly noticeable towards the finish. The aroma definitely smells more like apple cider than anything else.
Sweet tasting with an apple flavor to it up front that moves to a piquant spiciness towards the finish. The finish is a mix of esters, phenols and higher alcohols that produce flavors similar to white pepper, ginger, a touch of warmth and a definite clove note; the phenolics even take on a cola like character towards the finish. Fairly well carbonated which provides a bit of fizz to the texture that helps to lighten things up just a bit. The taste is not one dimensional apple like the aroma, but the phenolics are a bit too much even if they provide an interesting counterpoint to the apple notes.
Not bad, just seems to be lacking in complexity, especially malt character.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a perfectly clear pale gold with 1.5 cm white crown. Excellent lacing.
Smells of hay, celery, and some grain. Standard.
The mouthfeel was slick with good carbonation.
The taste is sweetish, with a touch of grapefruit, making it somewhat astringent. High alcohol content is warming. A touch of spice like coriander is in there as well.
A good ale, funny enough.
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A light malty aroma. Looks fine. Pretty sweet up front, some hops in the finish, and a bit of sour too. A decent beer.