beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(04.29.06) One pint, 9.4 oz bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 6.5% ABV. Poured hazy red amber with a gigantic long lasting white head. Assertive clove spice aroma. Medium bodied Belgium-style ale that starts dry with a wisp of malt sweetness and spicy fruity flavors. Some medicinal phenols and tangy acidity but not overbearing. Finished dry with light hop bitterness. A very good drinkable Belgium-style ale.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an attractive honey-brown with an enormous, fluffy white head. Lots of brett, floral notes, tropical fruit and candy sugar in the nose. Intense sourness, lessening halfway through the bottle; honey, definitive belgian character with an abbey-dubbel malt profile; full, layered mouthfeel. Finishes clean, sour, with a slight mouth-drying hoppiness. An excellent interpretation of the style.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Aroma: Honey, brett sourness, apples, orange, and some bready malt. Some musty/dusty funk in there as well. Hops are more apparent as it warms up. Smells like Noble hops to me, but not sure which ones. Appearance: Dark amber/orange in color and very hazy. Bottle popped when opened, and a small trickle of foam came forth. Even with a careful pour this thing had a monster head in the tulip shaped glass. Head was off-white and very, very fluffy looking. Almost like someone poured a cloud into the top of my beer. Fantastic lacing. Flavor: Some nice fruity flavors up front, mostly apples, pears, and a touch of green grapes. Brett sourness soon interjects itself smoothly. Sourness was just enough and tasted almost of limes. A little of that musty funk is carried in with the sourness. The spiciness comes through as well. I’m getting a bit of coriander and a touch of pepper. Some oak and slightly piney hop flavors are carried into the finish by the sourness. Palate: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture. Lively carbonation bordering on aggressive. Finish was slightly bitter, but pretty clean overall. Overall: I really enjoyed this one. So many flavors pulled together and balanced masterfully. Have to see if I can find some Grande Reserve.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Proper re-rate, shared with Blankboy, GregClow, and Hogtown Harry, Harry’s bottle. Nice deep orange, big bubbly white head. Decent aroma - some hops, malt, just a hint of sourness - interesting. Tasted like an IPA at first, malt and hops, but then the sourness kicks in. Dry bitter finish. A little bit of alcohol is present as well. Good beer, tough to rate it from fest sample like I did with my previous rating.
MBG 06. Dark orange, frothy white bubbly head. Sour, musty, dust, floral aroma. Taste much the same, with a lot of lemon thrown in. Funky yeasty finish. Lovely, complex, and unique!
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 2012-11-04. Lightly hazy golden orange, nice foamy beige head. Aroma is lightly musty and funky, fruity notes, pineapple touches. 7+ Flavour is similar, musty and fruity, notes of pineapple and muted tropical fruit. Modest sourness throughout, light woody undertones. It is less assertively sour than I remember, I am curious if that is a function of the age of the bottle or my memory. Average palate is softly carbonated. Pretty enjoyable, very drinkable, milder than I remember. 7/4/7/3/15+ Bottled 6-02-2011, Batch 806/809 from Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor
20006-XX. Hazy golden orange, tiny white head. Aroma is lightly sour, floral citrus, lemon. Flavour is similarly mildly sour, pleasant lemon and muted pale malts that deliver as advertised by the aroma. Lingering lemon in the finish and aftertaste is slightly mouth puckering and quite refreshing. Average effervescent palate. Went in to this one with low expectations and was pleasantly surprise. A nice change of pace at the fest – my favourite Jolly Pumpkin so far. 7/8/3/7/3/16 Michigan Brewers Festival 2006.
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. A medium spicy sour aroma. Never had that in a beer before. Pours headless, cider colored. BIG musty hop flavored sweetness and dry ending with no after taste. Taste reminds me a thicker, more seasoned version of thier Bam Biere, Farmhouse Ale. Too bad the sample size is so small. I’ll be back to this one.
DYCSoccer17 (3550) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased in Massachussetts. Opens with a thundering pop and a huge gush. Managed to only spill a little on my keyboard and carpet while running to my nearby bathroom sink. Citrusy orange and grapefruit hoppiness in the nose--almost smells like some west coast hops. There is also a funky, barnyard yeasty component to the aroma as well as a little bit of spicy coriander. Mildly hazy copper color with a large fluffy white head. Dry, astringent, somewhat bitter start. Becomes a little smoother in the midder with some pepperiness later on. Can definitely taste the coriander and paradise. Interesting, but a little overly spiced and it is quite dry for my personal liking.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Great lable, Floral aroma, flavor is citrusy and hoppy. lots of carbonation
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful artwork on label to start. Long-lasting voluminous head. Medium amber in color. Yeast, spices, and floral nose. Clean, creamy mouthfeel. A welcomed difference of an ale. Citrus and hops are noted. Finish is slightly bitter. Great summer brew. Refreshing.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrus sweet aroma is somewhat light, with a bit of mustiness. Lots of floaties in there. Flavor is bitter orange peel, coriander spice, more hops than I was expecting, leather. Finishes with a slight sourness and nice balanced bitterness. Good stuff. Since I drank this last night, I have wanted more of it. Something alluring about the flavors. So I gave it a nother overall point. Plus it was a pretty good deal.