NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Kinghtly Spirits Orlando.
Body is a murky orange/brown with a craggy white head that is a thumb thick, diminishing and very bubbly on the sides.
Aroma is earthy, but also slightly grainy/herbal and lightly spicy.
Fore is a touch dirty with spicy pepper notes, low sugar fruits and mild hop bitterness.Finish is herbal and bitter with a touch of lemongrass. Feels a touch undercarbonated.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. The beer pours to hazy and extremely active with carbonation dark amber body with a tall airy off-white head. Once the head goes down, a nice lacing is left inside my John’s Grocery tulip glass. I like where Numenor was going with the aroma. It is reminiscent of tomato juice. I also get lots of cement block basement smells, lots of earthy yeasts, and cloves. The flavor is lightly peppery with notes of light green pepper and black pepper. Nice muddled malts and light orange peel and garden herbs. Lots of interesting yeasts. The palate is really velvety and smooth. Nicely refreshing. Glad I bought this brew despite the low ratings it receives.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold body with a thin head. Light sour, almost tomato aroma. Sweet body, warm, light, almost like tea.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Hazy light amber body with a small white head. Sweet honey aroma. Sweet honey flavor with a malty finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Rerate 2/2/08: Poured cloudy mahogany with a tall white head. This beer had a big grape character to it, slight oxidation to it, with a strong metallic finish on tap. The metallic note killed this beer. Just not very enjoyable on tap when I had it.
From the bottle, pours a cloudy amber color with a creamy off-white head. Orange peel and banana clove in the aroma and finish. Flavor has a touch of tartness and some oaky earthy flavors. Light spiciness in the finish along with some herbal hops.
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy and muddy brown and orange colored body. Sweetened oranges and bananas in the nose, overripe fruit and some soft, doughy notes as well. Very nice, soft yeast in the nose. Mildly tart, smooth and moderately thick, so it’s actually really nice on the palate. Silky and mildly tart, mildly sweet, but lacking some peppery character on the tongue which I usually what I expect. Still a great beer. Nicely made.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL, no date. My bottle also claims 6%ABV, and bottled in Ath, Belgium. Pours a hazy red orange with a two finger light beige head. Aroma of citrus, pepper, dusty hops, grain and sweet caramel malts. Taste is caramel up front with some nondescript bitterness. Has some dirt and a grassiness--bitter dry finish. Otherwise taste is the same. Highly carbonated, light bodied. Nothing fantastic.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Rerate from at bottle bought at O’Briens: Enjoyed the flavor profile much more this time with a fruity and crisp acidic nature balanced by an earthy and oxidized character. The finish has an olde school bite of oak and brett.
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Poured a slightly hazed golden hue with a fading frothy head and some lace. The nose is very true to the genre with moderate spice vapours of pepper, cardamom, juniper along with grassy hops, wet grains and light earthy esters.
The flavor profile shows a mild acidic twang along with a grassy mild hop nature finishing with just a touch of spice. This beer is refreshing due to it lack of complex flavors and depth. More akin to a Macro Lager than a bold classic like Dupont or Fantôme. Watery and forgettable, this is a beer that is drinkable but would not be something I would likely pay for again.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-rate. 750 ml fresh bottle this time. Pours a moderate to deep amber with a nice fluffy cloud-like beige head and some great lacing. Aroma is initially bready and pils malt but after it warms a bit, it becomes earthy, phenolic, spicy, and yeasty- traditional saison-like but dulled a bit and is more earthy than farmhouse like. Spicy phenolic flavor of earth, and herbal hops, light bready malts, nutty, leathery, and finishes with a harsh dry bitterness which is almost pithy almond-like and astringent, but still nice and refreshing. Very very dry in the end, almost no sweetness throughout the beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luminous ruby/orange with mounds of off-white foam. Black pepper spice, a raw warm damp earthiness, rustic bread, a little touch of cardamom and white raisins. Really delicate palate--like sipping cloud. A light sweet soft bready malt malt that evaporates with dramatic abruptness. Some dates and a little background bitterness. A solid, interesting beer.