fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy this I did. Immensely. And as much as I did just couldn't keep out of the back of my mind how much I like Fred. I know, I know - look at what is before you. Two different animals. Kicking myself HARD for not having picked up more in Portland. Girlfriend distracting me at John's. Guess I'll just have to go back.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intensely fruity aroma with a little hops and yeast thrown in. Clear golden color, small white head. Flavor is light malt, light fruit, some hop spiciness, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Quite dry and highly carbonated. Overall, very fruity at first, with hop spice and bitterness really coming through in the flavor. It says All-American ale on the label, but it actually seems quite Belgian. Decent example of a diverse style.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. The largest head I've ever seen, maybe. took 10 minutes to pour the glass. Pale golden, slightly cloudy. Yeasty, orangey nose, light and pleasant but nothing that stands out. Very peppery and spicy througout, light honey sweetness underneath but mostly quite sour. Saison has probably been the most difficult Belgian style for me to appreciate; this one doesn't really help explain the mystery.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of wheat & fruit (apples & pears, citrus & berries). Pours a hazy burnt yellow with pale golden highlights. The gigantic white rocky head is fully lasting with exceptional lacing. The sweet and sour flavor has nice balance with moderate acidity. The finish is toasty. The light to medium body is very lively and creamy. The finish feels brisk. Interesting.
YogiBeera (2534) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge foamy on the glass sticking head. Hazy orange color. Banana, cloves, mustard and cilantro nose. Hoppy taste, edgy like a dogs hair in the throat but weak and not balanced and also kind of disappointing after this great nose!
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex spicy, hoppy and fruity nose - a little musty. Cloudy pale orange color and a huge foamy, spongy head. Resembles a Belgian from its appearance. Thin apricot maltiness with a direct, thin hop bitter centered in the mouth. Kinda grassy. Dry, thin and martini-like.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden in color,cloudy with a large white head. Earthy/spicy character with a prominent yeast flavor.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick white small bubbled foamy head with a muddy straw body. Spicey, mustard, bready, earthy, with slight pepper. Full bodied, wicked lacing, and ends very crisp, yet somehow musty.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden and a bitcloudy with a thick and billowy white head.Aroma is citrusy and fruity with some sour and spice notes also. Quite an interesting aroma for sure. Mouthfeel is highly charged like a Belgian Trippel. Flavor is nice and similar to some Belgians I like, Delerium Tremens and Urthel Hibernus Quentum
come to mind. Fruity and spicy with notes of pepper and melons. Overall a decent brew. Thanks to Sham for the bottle.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unfiltered golden yellow cloud with suspended floaties for the base color, top is tall, white, and fluffy, crumbles down softly to a murky hazen skim on top, lace sticks randomly in inkblots. Smell is majorly dulled up and musty, almost smokey of citrus tones, melon husks, lemon, pear, and red apple, all very musty or old with hints of cherry in there. Its not a bad funk, its weird, but nice. Whatever the yeast or malts are used in this makes for an interesting mix to so the least. Taste is subdued citrusy sweetness and mustyness, mostly lemon, with a some slight zest spice poking at the finish. Its more like a hefe then a pale, there's some nice grains in there, freshly rendered with notes of breadish toastedness, notes of banana and melon show up late in the finish and leaves trails of clove spice and smokeyness on the palate as well. Feel is nearly full, quite lively with a favorable crunchy unfiltered texture of a hefe. OK, so its not what I'd really call a pale, the hop tones aren't what you'd expect compared to most pales but this is a nice beer non-the-less. A different approach to the style perhaps, not sure of that but this was a nice surprise. Totally reminds me of Capital Kloster Weizen but with less clove and banana esters and thats not a pale?