craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample at Dr. Bill’s GABF Tasting at Falling Rock on 10/1/11. deep orange pour with a big white head. orange peel, coriander nose. medium body with spices up front and smooth orange / coriander notes throughout. semi-dry finish with more citrus.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle from Whole Foods Hillcrest). Pours a copper color with a creamy tan head. Aroma has orange, bread and coriander. Taste is sweet with orange and coriander coming through. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Dry finish. Nice orange notes in this saison.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 9/24/2011. This spiced beer pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with good lacing and nice retention. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with some orange peel and other spiciness. A medium bodied spiced beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and orange peel. The hops are earthy and spicy. Decent carbonation. Nice spiciness. The orange peel is very evident, there even seems to be a little bit of the orange oiliness going on as well. Hints of coriander and grain of paradise as well. Starts kind of sweet and finishes kind of dry and somewhat spicy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and spicy.
obguthr (3766) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coriander nose, with light apple and clove notes. Clear copper, medium yellow head. Surprisingly full bodied. Somewhat musty apple and overripe orange flavor. Cloves are present, but not in the foreground. Coriander finish. Well balanced and pretty well put together. Definitely not overspiced, and the base beer doesn’t strike me as substandard. Solid.
BiddleBrau (932) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Iron Fist - Poured orange color with thinner head and mild carbonation. Orange spice in the nose. Bigger malt profile, still spice comes through and lingers. A fuller version of Belgian white but with less wheat.
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone. It pours orange with a white head. The aroma is orange, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. A rather odd combination of winter and spring spices. The flavor is cinnamon, nutmeg, wheat, orange and coriander. An unusual brew, and not bad.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The label does not lie. This is a string brew. Spice notes of coriander prevail with a hearty malt backbone. Pours an orange brown. Aroma is minimal. Orange peeks through at the end pleasantly.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours a kind of TJ water orange / brown with a frothy off white head. herbal hops in the nose as well as faint spice and yeasty characters.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: swirls with filmy bubbles atop a bright amber-orange body. Mostly clear but with a faint chill haze.
Nose: clean spiced character is pervasively seductive. Crunchy caramelized sweetness in the back rides atop crisp golden melba toast. Forestry. Potpourri underneath with floral and herbal qualities. Canned black cherries and mulberries for a bit of wild mustiness. Tobacco leaf underneath along with parchment paper. Complex and evolving.
Palate: clean with a medium-bodied weight and a dry finish. Leafy, dried herbs, parchment paper and dried tobacco leaf. Apple sweetness then bitterness of skin and nutty earthiness of stem. Solid warmth and spice in swallow and breath. Dried brush old and crumbly. Ginger and powdered cumin mingle with a mélange of floral and herbal notes.
Final Thoughts: easily for me the most intriguing beer of our mini-tasting. Never once was a single sip same as the next nor the previous. A truly amazing and evolving beer. I’d easily drink another.
TimE (3143) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very cloudy, dirty orange brown color. Doesn’t look appealing, huge huge orange peel and grains of paradise just everywhere. Way over the top which I don’t like, but nice smooth malty mouthfeel. Very low hops, which work well and ultimately make this a fairly palatable brew. Not sweet. Would rush to buy again, but doesn’t.