iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/7/2008, draught at Clybourn. Hazy golden with a one finger creamy white head, down to a tattered film before long. I caught the juiper first in the aroma, but it wasn’t dominant. There is also some biscuity malts and honey. Flavor is a little sweeter with some earthy spicy juniper coming forth stronger in the finish, which was semi-dry. Bitterness peaked at a 2. Light carbonation with a light to medium body.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Clybourn. Clear gold pour with a medium off-white head. Creamy malt nose with some spice and a bit of fruit. Flavor is creamy malt and juniper berries with a somewhat spicy finish.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clybourn. Clear rich golden with small fizzy white head. Aroma is lightly sweet biscuity nice unique herbal spicy some juniper. Flavor the same, hint of sour, strongly herbal, crisp refreshing, nicely done, not very sweet at all, fairly clean for what it is. Quick finish with some lingering spice. Medium light bodied with great crisp carbonation, clean. Not bad, seemingly well done.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazed pale golden color with a thinner, white head. Aromas of pale malt, thistles, and pine. Lightly sweet with an interesting spice and pine mix. Not strong enough to overpower and light enough to provoke some thought. Went well with the clam chowder, but after seeing the biscuits and gravy, I think it would go with all the fare here. Nice little spiced brew.
BVery (5141) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Clear light orange pour, minimal head. Slight pine (juniper) nose and taste, not too bitter but a little dry. Okay beer.
deyholla (5397) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Wrigleyville. Poured with a white head. Aroma was quite malty. Flavor is malty with a hint of berries.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled February 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a frothy, initially fat-one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a murky, pale amber color that shows an opaque, bright, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is interesting, with an herbal, almost pine like character that must be juniper. Other aromas of grassy grain, fresh crushed malt, perhaps a hint of soapiness and even a hint of light tartness in the finish. An interesting, somewhat, hearty aroma. I definitely like the mix of hearty grain aromatics, light spiciness and hint of tartness that is found in the aroma.
The taste is lightly malty up front, but then picks up a definite tartness that is lactic in character. This lactic tartness makes this quite thirst quenching. There is a touch of a woody note and astringency to the finish. Grassy malt notes and some savory grain character are noticeable up front and a cracker-like grain note tends to linger on in the finish. This beer is quite dry, but still has quite a bit of body to it; it has a certain viscous character to it and a palate fullness, neither of which keep this from being quite quaffable. The juniper spicing is more subtle in the flavor than it is in the aroma (and it is fairly subtle there too), in the flavor it sort of adds a subtle spiciness that is just barely evocative of pine and some sort of berries.
My wife just tried some of this and reminded me that I have had this on tap at Goose Island Clyborne 6 to 7 or so years ago; the juniper character was more fresh then, and there wasn’t any real tartness to that beer (if my memory isn’t failing me). Still I like the extra tartness in this beer, it is a nice, clean sourness and it goes well with the rest of the beers character. Perhaps not the most complex of beers, but it is certainly tasty enough; this would definitely be a great hot weather beer.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to StFun for hooking me up with a bottle of this, I thought it was a really long shot. Poured a hazy pale orange-yellow color with a 1/2 inch thick white head that faded to a bubbly layer and left some spots of lacing. Aroma of dry, rustic fruit (orange, light lemon peel, soft tangerine), some juniper, a moderate spiciness (clove, pepper), and some soft vanilla. Crisp, lightly tart entry with some hints of citrus (light lemon, tangerine) layered with subtle juniper berry spiciness and a light bitterness along with hints of rye that finishes dry with a moderate yeastiness and hints of cobweb and wood. Moderate carbonation with a very nice balance between body and crispness. I guess I don’t get the low scores. While it isn’t exactly a traditional representation of the style, I still thought it was very good. Thank you once again Josh.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the 20th Anniversary series. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Interesting aroma, spicy, orange, a little wood, and some juniper. It actually tastes pretty good. The juniper actually gave it a little bit of sour flavor for me, which was good. Interesting beer. I enjoyed it.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a deep golden in color with tinges of orange throughout with a thin white head. Aromas were spicy along with orange, yeast and candi sugar. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and smooth with good richness yet remaining fresh.