jimhilt (2431) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Explodes out of bottle with a 5+ finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is caramel and Belgian yeast, hops are subdued. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Julioís Liquors Westborough, Ma.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straw, burnt caramel, sweet on the nose and taste. A little chewy, it is moderately bodied. It pours a flat dark brown amber. Could drink again, but a bit boring.†
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of sweet spice and yeast and initially a bit smokey. Umber brown with tan head and lace. Taste is a real surprise: the chocolate roast one expects on a porter or perhaps a dark English ale. This being combined with the yeasty effervescence of Belgian ale, of course. Filling if not heavy, with a good deal of co2 activity going on. Canít remember being so pleasantly surprised by a domestic beer. Another winner for Ithaca.
bhensonb (11530) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark ruddy amber with a creamy/foamy near beige head. Aroma is indeed herby. Almost covering up a roast malt aspect. Med+ body. Flavor is earthy, almost coffee dirty, with a lot of yeast/spice and veggie hop. Earthy rather than barnyard - but itís a close call. Wowser. A really dark saison? Pretty tasty stuff.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A great belgian at the start and middle, then things just fell off a cliff. The aroma was a sweet bread that reminded me of Kingís Hawaiian rolls. A foamy head that settled into a nice resilient film topped a dark brown cloudy appearance. The medium crisp palate complimented the taste, which was fronted with a solid bready dough, then things dropped. The taste just fell to a very bitter and acidic aftertaste. This might be due to the "amber" style, but either way, I didnít favor it.
jgb9348 (4853) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hazy deep muddy brown coloured body with a slight ruby coloured tint with a thinnish, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of yeast, rye, caraway seed, oregano, malt, flowers and a bit of nuts at the end. Medium-bodied; Assertive toasted malt with some bubble gum flavours, some bananas and a lot of yeast and deep earthy flavours. Aftertaste has more earthiness than expected with a pungent malt flavour, some nuts, a little bitter yeast vibe and some light sugars tucked into a decent amount of alcohol. Overall, an okay beer - but matches with the label - more of a ídarkí belgie styled ale, but not executed perfectly. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliverís Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$2.90 sampled at home in Washington after leaving Lake Placid, New York earlier in the day on 29-January-2012.
artmcd8 (1787) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very full Belgian ale aroma and flavor mixed with a hint of spice. Full nutty flavor.
annunz123 (881) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Iíve liked other beers from Ithaca beer, but this was a huge disappointment. Both the initial candy sweetness and roasted smoke in the aftertaste are overpowering and unpleasant. Not awful, but not good.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful autumnal amber with brown tresses and thinnish head. Intensely spicy nose that overflows with phenolics and touches of sasparilla. The body does not come together quite as well. A green banana dominates the phenolics and mixes off-key with sasparilla underpinnings. A bit off-balance and sour/green, but okay.
bigguns22 (709) - Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is great,appearance is great and beer is good but not great . Aroma is yeasty and a lot like a sour ale . Dark amber in color and huge cream head . I think yeast and sugars are the biggest flavors and a little sour.