Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I appreciate this beer, but it just isn’t my bag. Medium orange brown, hazy, good wheat beer head. Aroma is zesty spice, almost like ginger. This is an aggressively spiced beer. When cool, the various additions come together in a bizarre ginger wasabi mix in my mind. As it warmed, the nutmeg and cinnamon began to break through, finally joined in the very end by a very complex Belgian malt accent. Ultimately, however, I just couldn’t get past feeling that this beer was overspiced. 2004 bottling. Probably worth laying down for a long time for develoment, perhaps this would bring the spiceds into check a bit.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange, coffee, sweet candi sugar, coriander, cinammon, nutmeg aromas. It’s Christmas in Japan! Brown, cloudy body with lasting thin tan head. Tart, spicy flavour. More spice than beer but very flavourful. Body dissipates in the mouth very quickly. It’s like sponge toffee that collapses completely. Fluffy cotton candy with spritzy, energetic mouthfeel. This is unique, one of a kind and definitely world class. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Bottle.
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 Dirty brown body, cloudy with a huge foamy head, sticky and long-lasting. This scores big points for a 9% beer. Aroma is sweet and spicy, not unlike that of a well made gingerbread. There’s lots of curacao, coriander touch and altogether a great balance of the difference spices, which I assume is a great task and here much better executed than in last year’s anchor OSA. Nutmeg and candi sugar makes an apparition in this orangey beer. The main surprise of the first sip is the high level of yeast flavor which adds a belgian feel. At times, you feel it’s spicy enough that it’s more or less of a beer, but you’ve still got to recognize the deep complexity and art involved. Flavors are hard to grasp and put words on, but you know when you enjoy it. On the other hand, it would have scored much higher with me wouldn’t it be of this disturbing mouthfeel. 2-3 seconds after putting the liquid in your mouth, it becomes ultra-creamy, spongy and foamy (a bit like La Moneuse) and the flavors are not integrated as well, more reminding of food coloring than anything else, but it settles back to its greatness in the aftertaste. Still, the bottom line is that this is excellent, original as in a brewer’s imagination has no limits and very christmas friendly.
mkato (18) - USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of head. Nice bitterness, can taste alot of citrus in the beer. Way too much carbonation in my opinion.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange in color with a large off-white head. Aroma of fruit,spice and toasted malt. Flavors of cinamon,ginger,corriander,otange peel and lemon? mouthfeel is prickly with a high level of carbonation.Exceelent beer,it must be the best beer in Asia.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2004. Bottle pours a hazy red brown with a monster head and cobwebs of lace. The aroma is yeasty, citrus, and spicy - almost like a Belgian. The flavor is very yeasty, more of a hop show than ususal for what I seem to find as a rather Belgian ale, fruity, dry, and spicy. The palate is cleansing and significant, but not rich. Overall, this reminds me of many Belgian Strong Ales, but with more fresh hops. A complex beer with pretty good results.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange ruby with a big rocky head. Aroma is very complex and contains apples, nutmeg, allspice, oranges, and citrus hops. Full bodied, the flavor mimics the aroma and stays around for a while. Ends sweet (orange) with an alcohol kick in the back of the throat. An excellent beer by a brewery that usually doesn’t impress me.
omhper (19243) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, thanks hopsrus! Nut brown with lively rich head. Vinous nose full of hoppy grapefruit and nutmeg. Sweet, full bodied and clean. Warming and tea-like with notes of orange. Some salty, spicy bitterness.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very cloudy dark reddish brown with a gargantuan frothey light brown head. Some big floaties are swimming around in my glass. Spicy aroma of orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, vanilla (everything in the commercial description), and ginger. Kind of smells like something
I'd drink between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Medium slightly syrupy body with a moderate to lively amount of carbonation. Very spicy flavor with some sweetness and a hint of alcohol warmth. Everything in the commercial description shows up in the flavor with ginger and caramel. Finishes slightly lemony tart. Good, and a nice change of pace.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brilliant ruby. Huge billowing head, too big in fact. Vanilla and fresh orange juice aroma. Low but attractive spicing (nutmeg and cinnamon) ride the good sized malty cushion. The juicy fruity spicing (orange peel and coriander) is heavy handed. Quite smooth and hides its alcohol well. Warming finish. Nice, but the orange peel and coriander are a bit distracting.