OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two fingers of dense white head. Body is near clear amber-gold. Aroma is light funky-fruity with whiff of gooseberries. Soft on the palate, medium full. Clean and fresh, light acidic fruit flavor. Fine spice tones, light caramelly and toasty malt base. Leafy bitterness in the finish. [Shared bottle at Grand Tasting, RBNG2014]
Barreras (1415) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a rich amber color with a sour pumpkin smell. Taste is clean, simple and light pumpkinly. A quickly dissolving aftertaste, that leaves a light rose petal flavor on the tongue. Almost a sweet caramel flavor in the aftertaste, that goes away too fast...
Rune (9995) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from a big bottle. Amber-gold body, fine lacing from a fair white head. Tart and sweet aromas, mix of caramel and red berries. More of the same to the taste buds; Almond, leafy hops, caramel, and tart red berries. Dry, tart and a bit spicy to the ending. Aright, but really not my kind of beer (Grand Tasting, RBNG, Halden 15.02.2014).
abemorsten (3439) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBNG-14 Grand Tasting courtesy of Meilby. Misty golden body with a white head. Fruity, funky nose with strong notes of mint. Toothpaste comes to mind. Mellow acidic and fruity mouth. Medium bodied and smooth.
unclemike (2743) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark orange. Lightly acidic fruit aroma with medicinal notes. Dry and fruity with lively mouthfeel. Notes of melon and a light, lambic-like lactic acidity. Feels fresh and has a lot of complex flavours, but the medicinal notes are on the strong side.
gunnar (7120) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at RBNG-14. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is weak funky, red berries, caramel and pepper. Taste is light sour citrussy, fresh tart, lively clean mouthfeel. Smooth sipper, this one should be enjoyed in small servings, a GT is not the best way to enjoy this one.
AlainG (1740) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un liquide orangé, coiffé d’une mousse majestueuse, dense, crémeuse et compacte, qui tisse une très belle dentelle au verre. Un nez d’agrumes, poivré, fruité et boisé principalement, où des effluves de bretts s’immiscent dans les arômes. En bouche, c’est subtil et équilibré. Juteux et acidulé. Sucré et amer. Aigre-doux et épicé. Plus que plaisant à boire. Batch 1243 Embouteillée le 9 novembre 2012 (986-240114)
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: hazy amber pour with medium-sized white head. Aroma has fresh grain, a sourness, some woodsy leafy notes, pumpkin, and allspice. Flavor is a bit convoluted at first with a tart fruit skin bumping into earthy pumpkin and woodsy malt and then into a bitter spiciness and caramel. Changes as it warms but just too many crashing flavors to enjoy for me.
NachlamSie (3105) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL from Wallaby’s. Normally the words "Ale brewed with chestnut and spices" would ward me away from purchasing a beer, but in this case the words "Jolly Pumpkin" are on the label. The spice and chestnut application is perfectly tasteful and makes this interesting and different while not compromising the classic wild fermentation JP does so well. The aroma is tart and wild like barnyard with gentle nuttiness and caramel notes. The palate is a little lighter than I would like for this kind of thing, but not too bad. There is a trademark tart funk throughout the flavor with appropriately subtle spices in the finish. Light sweetness comes out for some balance. Really nice beer, though I prefer some of their core lineup more.
tfredvik (1551) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber body with a... hey, what’s that smell? A strong aroma of mint? Also gentle bretty hints. Lots of mint in the flavours as well, this is like drinking a mint bubblegum. Also herbs and a gentle wildness. A fun thing with the mint, but it’s just a bit too much for me.
[Sample @ RBNG14 Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden ]