MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XH 2008 7% ABV Aged in Sake Barrels.
Tap Capital Ale House Innsbrook 08/27/2008. Light fruits and spice in nose. Cloudy amber orange with moderate fine off-white head. Spicey coriander and orange over carmelized malts. Spice is quite floral and sake notes are quite evident. Light body with medium mouthfeel. Finish is slightly sweet with lots of floral almost citrus spice.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a sweet barley malt base with some distinctive notes of light sake. Taste is also dominated by a barley wine type taste of sweet malt with some distinctive notes of rice and sake, which I must admit are quite pleasant. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another winner beer from a great brewery.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a orange hue with a nice light head. Aromas of a gueuze, apricots, light hops. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a light creaminess. Definitely some brett/funk action but not overpowering. Maybe subdued due to the oak aging, which isn’t over powering either. Flavors are amazing. For a 7% brew, the flavors are strong, while the alcohol hides. Flavors of apricots, plums, a hint of sake, creamy lambic, and cider. WOW!!!!
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper with a light one finger tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, cedar, ginger, and some sake notes. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel malts, maple, brown sugar, and oak barrel spicyness with a nice warming alcohol finish. a very good belgian strong.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a orangish colorwith big long lasting head. Funky gueuze like aroma. Brett? Taste is oaky, tart some sourness. Some citus aspects here also. Not sure what the sake would have added but this is funky. Opened up even more as it warmed up. Nice beer
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
enjoyed at the second Stumelagram tasting ... a weird fruity bretty aroma ... quite sour bite, with a strong bitterness ... combined with a strange steel drum sweetness .... good lacing ... crazy stuff ... enjoyable and a bit insane ... a good brew to share with a couple of people, a whole bottle could be to much..
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
a murky caramel colored beer under a fizzy white head. cedar, oak, caramel, tangerine citrus, ginger, nutmeg. flavor is peachy and hoppy with tobacco and hints of wood. a very unique beer with a great aroma. this is awesome stuff.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hamiltons. Dark garnet red with a slight white head. Red wine and oak aroma. A dark roasty red wine tobacco sake and oak taste.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Aroma is bretts - farmhouse bretts. Flavor is bitter and sour, with more emphasis on the bitter. Pours brown with brownish head. Not sure if this is a Belgian Ale - more like a Farmhouse Saison. Has a nice, fruity finish - something almost like plums or apricots. SECOND ANALYSIS: Something brings this down - I think I may have too young of a bottle. Nothing but nutmeg in this one - no brett, no bitter, just nutmeg.
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dirty brown color, head dissolves quickly, psicy sweet and sour nose, flavor is funky like a saison, flnishes more fruity like plums , astringent