DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft notes from Nov. 2009. Pours ruddy brownish ruby with off-khaki head. Nose was candi sugary dark malt, orange zest, cherry, spicy. Tasted complex, with rock sugary malt, prune, spice, citrus including orange zest, prune, and berry, and some finishing spices. A decent fruity holiday=style beer with well hidden alcohol.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Phoenixville BrewPub (2009 Version, only 7% wheat, hibiscus added, 9.5%ABV): Sweet aroma of candi sugar, light fruit, light orange, coriander, light hibiscus, and light Belgian yeast. Poured brown in color with a large, tan/beige, creamy, head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is very sweet. tastes of coriander, candi sugar, fruit, light Belgian yeast, and a hint of caramel. Medium to full body. Very slightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, fruit, candi sugar finish. Too sweet for me. 9.5%ABV is totally hidden throughout.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appears a murky, cidery, dark brown with a small beige head that fades into a mild cap.Tubular, spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is yeasty, fruity, full of plums, raisins, caramel, grains, toffee, light plastic phenols. Very interesting and original.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with plastic and fruity flavors strangling each other for supremacy in the heavy flavors of caramel, yeast, spice, and over-ripened fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with estery, Belgian yeast phenols rousing the palate.
This one is a bit spicy and hot. It is good now but could certainly benefit from aging. I hope Tim saved a small portion of this somewhere.
javathehop (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was so unbelievably good, complex as a fine wine if you ask me. I cant even begin to describe the thick smooth texture, or the amazing complexity of the flavor, too many fruits to fathom, but some how they don’t overshadow each other super balance! many dark fruits with a smooth touch of orange. this is also the best hiding of alcohol iv ever seen. it in no way comes across as something you would only drink in winter because of so much alcohol worming sensations. this is unbelievable for a first brew (they said this was their first attempt at the style). they should make this at least a seasonal if not a regular, and not an only brewed once beer. try this beer, and give them good feedback on it. these local brewers will actually listen to you.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Phoenixville location. Pours a very lighty hazy ruby amber with a small bubbly off white head. Aroma was a lot of candi/malty sweetness, hints of orange along with the belgian spices and yeast. Flavors of dark fruits, Belgian spices and yeast, touch of toasted malts with a bunch of malty/candi sweetness. Also getting some caramel and toffee notes. Hints of alcohol.