bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Fruity almost vinous aroma with an undercurrent of funk. Quite Belgian. Near mahogany color with a decent beige head. Medium bodied with creamy, but coarse, carbonation. It’s got a touch of Brettness, unsweet fruit, some wood, and a hint of Sake. Whew. Finish is slightly tart, dry, and woody. All in all it is quite good, and something I’d ascribe to Russian River on a blind tasting.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex nose of sweet fruits and funk. Awfully aromatic. Dark orange color. Unique tartness with exotic fruits and interesting flavors. Really nice and delectable, bottle conditioned ale.
vyvvy (5010) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a rich tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, lots of sourness, funky yeasty qualities, graininess, anise and other spices. The funk almost gives a Jolly Pumpkin type of hint to it. Medium slick body that has a multitude of micro-sized carbonation coating the tongue, but never intruding on the flavor. The flavor starts with all kinds of funkiness that seems like an enjoyable infection was going on here. There is also dark malt, anise, fitting mustiness and something I can’t put my finger on (probably sake). The finish is sour with some burntness and a hint of elderberries. A great beer.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml). Near-murky brick red with a MASSIVE tan foamy-frothy lasting head. Aroma of dry/sour/funky yeast, floral hops and gin (or I guess sake). Taste - wow, dry and incredibly sour/tart, but mostly in a good way, a bit on the wild yeast side, white pepper and pungently floral, alcohol and sake riding along too. Average body, solid carbonation, quite acidic in the finish ---- sort of generic tart Belgian meets a different barrel along the way - worth trying for sure.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours an apricot color, slight bubbles on the top. this beer has aroma smells (i have no real idea what but i think i caught some wood). it is also taste flavored, with hints of musky spice, and a perfumey finish. i found this one alien to me, complex, but not unappealing overall.
gregc (3) - ny, New York, USA - APR 21, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at spuyten duyvil...
A very nice cask aged beer....
Floral aroma, oak and sake
Flavor was citrus, lavender, hops with a slightly sour finish...a very unique flavor profile...
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
This has been sitting on deck for about a month now. It was worth every penny of the $3.99 I spent even though I probably won’t pick up another bottle due to limited cellar space. It makes me want to explore other Asian non pale lagers at some point to see what is going on in that region of the world. The hard part is going to be finding them in this part of the country.
Aroma / Appearance - A two finger off white head danced to the top of the glass suffocating the caramelly red body underneath. Rice, wood and malts blended with caramel and cherry wood shavings. The entire experience was sweet and pleasing to the nose.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was dense without being cloying. Rice, cherries and malt were the most obvious as they were in the nose. The moist fruity aftertaste was a nice touch as well. The hops then took over to provide a floral endnote not unlike rose petals. It was mellow and easy to drink which makes it worth trying. If you are hesitant split one with a friend first.
bierkoning (11526) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. brown color. Vinous aroma with a touch of oak and sake. Grapes in the flavor, with oak and sake. malty with just a touch of rice-like sweetness. Citric. Unusual but quite nice beer. Warming alcohol.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany pour with a pretty substantial white head. The nose is spicy and full of oakiness. Flavors were again, substantial oak, touches of herbal spiciness and a rich sweet syrupy maltiness. The alcohol was subdued. Bigger oak profile than I anticipated, but I did not pick up any of the expected sake flavors or aromas. Pretty interesting experimental brew.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, I am really impressed with this one. Aromas of smokey grapes in oak barrels mingle well with a touch of alcohol. Flavor comes off very similarly with the flavors combining smoothly toward a very unique and wondserful flavor. Finishes somewhat sdmokey with some definite drying of the tongue leading to that woody taste and feeling. I think this is world class stuff. Definately confused about the belgian ale distinction????