ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Styles. Thanks Chris. Bottled on 7/27/05. Pours a hazy peach with some small suspended yeast chunks. The head is big and rocky, long lasting and leaves large, sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is pineapple, peaches, horse blanket, light citrusy hops with touches of lemon and bread. Flavor is a delicate balance of sweet bready malts, light tartness, bretty funk and citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is very soft, the carbonation is full, but gentle. Finish is slightly bitter with a touch of sweetness. This is not Orval, it might be spiked with Bretta Brux, but the base beer is completely different. Well done.
Nuffield (3719) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with 2006 on the neck label. Rich amber color with continuing lively white head, densely laced. The aroma has a malt backbone with substantial fruit notes, but in the tasting over time the caramel ale dimensions built, very dry and leaving a bit of a tacky finish, not unlike a few British ales Iíve had. Overall, then, it left a feeling of lacking dimensionality. Good carbonation, tingling, with a moderately oily mouthfeel. It just wasnít my thing--perhaps greater fruitiness and a little less dry and it would have suited my tastes better.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(04.16.06) 12 oz brown bottle form DiCarloís, Mundelin, IL. Poured clear amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Fruit and caramel in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts dry with malt and fruity flavors with increasing hop bitterness. Dry finish with raggedly hop bitterness. Somewhat unbalanced, the malt component was not sufficient to keep the hop bite in check. Otherwise a good drinkable bitter beer that could benefit with aging to smooth it out a bit. UPDATE (04.22.06) On tap at Firkins, Libertyville, IL. Poured clear amber with large white head. Soft carbonation. Fruit and caramel in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and caramel/fruit flavors. Finished with light malt fade. Smooth delicious malty beer with very little, if any, hop presence. The tap version is much superior in flavor and mouth feel compared to the bottled version. My rating is the average of the bottle/tap versions.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAY 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at wool street...pour was a light wheat with a two finger white head...aroma was heavy candy sugar, a bit of wheaty yeast (like a belgian wit), and some slight peppery spice. Flavor was mostly candy sugar and a bit of dry peppery spices. Moderately creamy mouthfeel...not too bad.
Zeswaft (1422) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A tough belgian to pin-point. Having just had a 3F rabbid rabbit I noticed many similarities. The aroma most notably, a musty spice of a saison. However, the taste was light and a little spice and dirty fruit. Nice and creamy mouthfeel. Probably my least favorite of the GI Reserves.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jimmack Invit. í06. Amber body with small tan head. Yeast in the nose, nice dry mouth finish. Thanks for sharing.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle rated. Nice Belgian effort, trying to compare with the 05 I had but cant find my notes. An orange-blossom honey color with an initialy large white head. A crisp, fresh, spicy, Belgium, hop aroma with a hint of green apples. Slightly acidic, somewhat fruity taste with a dryness that starts about 5 seconds after swallowing and stays there. Yeast present throughout in aroma and taste. A nice Belgian rendition.
mmhnto (31) - Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours beautiful orange with thin white head. Carbonation seems a bit low. Taste is reminiscent of Orval with some Brett character. Great malt/bitterness balance. Some flavor hops present. Tasty beer, however it would benefit from a bit more dryness.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/amber, with a white head. Aromas are spices, yeast, and fruit. Flavors are fruit, spices, and some yeast. Body is medium. Thanks to Dough77 for this bottle.
ElGaucho (2256) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 11/16/07: Draught at Chef Paulís Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. At Chef Paulís you know that youíre going to get every draught beer served at itís best; in proper glassware and from clean lines. The biggest change from my previous rating was in the aroma; went from a 7 to a 10. Incredible nose with hops, Belgian candi sugar and hemp. Wow! Hazy amber with no visible carbonation. Very sophisticated appearance in the tulip glass in which it was served. Excellent, coating lace. Tastes as it smells, which is dunkel-weissy. Tastes more like a weiss beer than a Trappist. Certainly smooth. Has a hint of American hops in the finish. A good beer, but a little bit of a let down which confirms my original impression. Nevertheless, I gave it a 4.4. I think the issue is that compared to the other GI reserve series beers like BBC and the Imp IPA, it appears more pedestrian. 5/14/06: Draught at Beer on the Pier, Chicago. Sour aroma. Hazy, reddish amber with alightly off-white head. Nice body color. Belgian qualities with some sweetness, and spices (allspice?). Well done. Iíve had Belgians that taste like this (Urthel Hop It?) Not as strong or bitter as the Hop It. Pretty solid. Ar 7, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 4, Ov 17