Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub in downtown Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden pale brew with a fast dissolving white head that nearly dissipates clean with no ring or lacing. Aroma of candi sugar, some apple, a hint of banana esters, and some wintergreen. Taste is full bodied, quite sweet with flavors of candi sugar, a hint of wintergreen, banana and some alcohol presence. Finish is still quite fruity sweet, syrupy with a lingering aftertaste of candi sugar, banana and yeast.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazed straw color with a small lid of white bubbles. Big estery aromas. Lots of over-ripe light fruit with hints apples and bananas. Some lightly earthy honey and malt also in the nose. Light fruit flavors as well. Some honey, pale malt, and floral flavors as well. Some decent flavors. A touch of alcohol. Thick, smooth feel, with just a little zip. While the aromas are a bit unbecoming, the flavors make up for it. Finish and lightly dry with a bit of floral flavors. A sipper for a cool day.
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub, pours cloudy, and smells like feet. Guess thatís not a stretch given the name. The taste is interesting, itís sweet then quickly sour, fruity, candi sugared, it gets sweeter as it warms too. Talking to one of the brewers, he said it was just brewed, so it was a young beer, he said try it again in a week or two. I will the next time Iím in town. Itís ok.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Grumpy Troll brewpub. Cloudy yellow with a white dissipating head. Aroma of alcohol and fruit. Taste of fruit, malt and alcohol with a bubbly body that finishes a bit fruity.
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Gold/orange in color with a medium head.yeasty aroma and a nice creamy palate.Tastes like a good weiss beer with a fruty finish Iím very happy that it tastes more like a weiss than anything Belgian. Also over 10% Alc but no alc flavor to take away from the rest of the beer! This is one great beer and me and my growler are within walking distance. Now if youíll excuse me...
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. What a different looking beer. It looks like a orange-banana juice and leaves a cloudy appearance on the glass. It looks very cloudy and banana yellow. Taste is banana, clove, pear. Quite tasty!
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at grumpy troll. Pours out a deep orangish yellow with little head. Some additional filtration would have helped. Aroma is actually quite good. Banana, clove, pear, and light cherry make an appearance.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fair-to-good Belgian, probably a little more drinkable than would be ideal, but very tasty. Notes of orange peel and clove and maybe a little cherry on the nose. Nice Belgian-ish flavor, orange peel in the background. Coming after a meal and a barrel-aged stout, this was a nice palate-cleanser.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear orange color. Head was filmy, white, and left zero lace. Aroma was of light apple juice. Occasionally I also detected a whiff of clove. Slightly sweet on the tongue. Tasted of alcohol, apple juice, and subdued clove. I disagree with the previous raters. I didnít particularly like the beer, and It didnít smell or taste even remotely like a Belgian.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
This was another pleasant surprise. While Belgian strong ales are easier to make in the sense that even an average one will be enjoyable, it takes skill to make one that stands out. In this case they have one of the better strong ales that Iíve come across from a small brewpub. Either they have been taking notes from Ale Asylum or they really know what they are doing - Iím going with the latter.
Aroma / Appearance - Lively carbonation bubbled to the top of the small sample glass. Releasing scents of cotton candy, orange peels, honeydew melon and caramel, the light golden body was a sight to see. Most light filtered through quite easily though I will call it just short of transparent. The finale for the aroma was fresh sourdough bread just out of the bakerís oven.
Flavor / Palate - The rich and dense mouthfeel unleashed a torrent of flavors on the tongue. Chewy caramel, apple pie, candy sugar, bubble gum and vanilla cheesecake create an interesting group that unfold one after the other. Despite being thick it is never cloying. The finish is also strong, leaving a malty aftertaste. This is more of a sipping beer than one to open the night.