Dacrza (818) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE TASTED: October 18, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Victory HopDevil nonick... OCCASION: finally warming up after camping last night in sub-30 degree temperatures... APPEARANCE: opaque, muddy-brown body that deters a closer inspection--normally, I am a fan of most things brown, but this is a strange occurrence in a glass; as expected, a healthy, creamy, chunky, bubbly brownish head that holds its consistency... AROMA: pleasant, aromatic flowers--akin to dryer sheets--with candied sweets creating an inviting lightness; the millet and buckwheat must be soft, in place of the normally bolder malts .. PALATE: dry, thin at the start and lively at its finish; crisp, abrupt, with a short, earthy exhale ... TASTE: tart, sharply so, with enough bitterness to please the hophead, though they are respectful in their impact; the lack of malt leaves the balance in question, with buckwheat building the base to almost a classic Belgian pale ale composition--that is to say, fruity too, with raspberry, cherry and lambic elements ... OVERALL: having little expectation for such a beer--one whose label proudly sports its nutritional information--I was pleasantly surprised by its odd wedding of earthy visual and flowery gustatory qualities; judging this purely by the bar stool, I enjoyed the experience; judging it from the couch, a healthy alternative to other brews; a shout-out to Uncle Mark for re-gifting this beer-of-the-month choice...solid ...
superspak (4480) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/28/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a fluffy cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and dark malty notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of peppery yeast spice and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and dark malty flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good gluten free Belgian amber ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and dark malty flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
slowrunner77 (9651) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thin body and prickly, with an odd but not entirely bad melange of sweet flavors. Fruity, caramel, just another odd duck. A little more in the way of hops than the Dubbel or triple but still not my thing."
skoisirius (1907) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at SIB07. Think it had just come out recently. Funny, all the reps used to always sell it as íthe gluten free brew from the makers of Deliriumí - but thatís not true now is it! Regardless, one of the better gluten free brews on the planet for sure!
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aromas of dark fruit and metal, like many ambers although also reminiscent of malt liquor. Very tangy bitter taste. meaty almost. Hoppy enough for the style, the mixed up malt bill makes for interesting sweetness. Flushed out medium body, slippery finish. Unique though not outstanding.
njnut (431) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured at tasting, a hazy orange tinged brown. Surprisingly good this one. I donít know what I was expecting but a complex aroma that I had trouble picking up. The taste was hoppy on the grapefruit side with lightly roasted malt, toast. A nice job that should help those with celiac problems drink a beer thatís not a flavorless mess.
schne361 (18) - - APR 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a deep brown color with a strong hops aroma. The beer tastes like malt with a dried fruit and roasted taste.
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown, with a substantial, thick head plenty of lacing. An impressive looking beer even among non-GF brews. Aroma is light and almost entirely malty. Flavor is malt, with moderate sweetness, low hop bitterness but enough to add some balance. Just a bit of metallic bite and some sorghum tang that tends to show up in these brews, but Iím used to it by now, and itís well controlled. Finishes slightly bitter along with the sweet grain notes. Not impressive among real beers, but I think they did well for a GF beer. I probably cut GF beers some slack when I rate them, but this is decent enough.
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a local wine store. Poured into wine glasses. Root beer float fluffy head. Good grassy hop flavor with a complex, natural flavor. While the body is watery, the complex tongue feel makes for an intriguing palate. Delicious beer in my quest for good gluten free beers.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into Imperial glass.
Appearance: The body has a deep brownish or prune like color with dark reddish highlights coming through a very murky haze. On top I got a tall quick fading off white head. It fades out completely leaving just a little light lacing at the top of the glass.
Smell: There is a light roasted sweetness with some odd fruity wine like notes. This is backed up with some mild herbal and somewhat musty hop character. Overall itís just odd.
Taste/Palate: From the odd aroma to the odd flavor it brings some light roasted and dark grain sweets to the forefront. From there a dry and slightly tart grape or wine like character moves in with a light herbal tea like hop presence. The palate feels about medium with light carbonation.
Notes: For me this beer just does not blend together well in my opinion and I would defiantly not recommend it.