WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this offering from Goose Island. While not on par with top Belgians, this is definitely one of the breweryís better offerings. I bought it, not really knowing a style, but knowing the brewery makes consistantly good, if not spectacular, beers. Pours a nice golden color with a medium head that is somewhat short lived. Good flavor, and body. A nice beer.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy pour that is all farmy mustiness and sweet bubblegum. Palate is a little light and medium carbonation. Flavor is layered and complex: malt sweetness and spice flutters open a revolving door that closes with a nice hop finish. This is a mature Belgian-style ale and nicely done, just not transcendent, or trans-Atlantic.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shiny bronze color with pollowy white head which later leaves nice lace. The aroma is spicey and earthy. There is yeast and citrus and a bit of a belgian funk (barnyard). The flavor is active. Itís spicey and sweet initially. Light malts and a very earthy flavor come in. Realy complex horse blanket flavors. Fruity presence emerges on the tongue as active carbonation redistributes sensation. Sweet and spiced. Nice mix of flavors. Refreshing and smooth finish. Still quite active at the end. There also isnít mix of bad flavors, itís a clean sweet finish.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taste is interesting. The nose is barnyard, apricot, citrus. A bit over carbonated, killing the flavor a bit. Color is a deep orangey-gold. Taste is heavy in the malts, with toast and spice. Decent, not fantastic. Finish is dry.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque Orange Coloring with White Head. Dried Citrus Aroma. Dry Yeasty Taste to it...Thick Mouthfeel.. Dry Malt and Yeast Working with Citrus and Spice Makes This a Seemingly Simple Tasting, but Perhaps Complex and in any Case, Wonderfully Enjoyable Brew.
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Like a saison, extremely horse though recent brew. Some spice, cinammon, nutmeg, not much, pale colour nice amount of head, and foam at the bottom. Nice drinking, but you have to get by the smell. Do you think skunked in short time? Peppery, medium mouthfeel.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden. Light to moderate brett and styrians (light) aroma. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Pretty good brett laced flavor, but Iím left craving a more aggressive brett character and more bitterness. I rather like this, but if your making and orvallish beer, why hold back?
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orangey copper color with a one finger head that fades to a spotty cap that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell; slightly floral, a bit of orange peel and freshly mown hay.
Taste; spiced oranges, slight floral hops, and thereís an interesting funky/earthiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but thereís a little to much bite in the carbonation. Overall this is a pretty solid beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden orange body with a white head. Aroma is sorta like Orval. Perfumey with spices and candy sugar. Yeast and hints of pepper there as well. Flavor is a lot like Orval, but not quite as assertive. Some floral hop bitterness. Basically an easier to drink version of Orval to me. Good job Goose Island... Iím not a huge Orval fan... yet. If you donít think Orval is 5/5 material this is worth trying.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly copper with golden highlights, a nice soft haze and a fizzy head. Aroma of banana with citrus undertones and evident Brettanomyces. Predominantly sour flavor with some spicy notes, a heavy yeast presence and a highly astringent finish. Although enjoyable, itís not the masterpiece I expected through heresay.
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