Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Tiffany’s in Kalamazoo for the low price of 6.50. Sampled side by side with the reserve. Hard not to compare the two. Where this is bright and fruity, the reserve is less so but more rounded out, with a delicious bourbon note in the background. Lots of floral notes here, and plenty of apple, lemonzest, hay, ginger, cardamom, and a lot of carbonation! I’d like to see this corked in the future rather than capped. Sour finish that stays with you. Good stuff, not my favorite style.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful, big fluffy head. Aroma of lemon, hairspray, perfume, and yeasty goodness. Tingling carbonation. Hazy apple, yellow-brown color. Less interesting flavor, but still plenty good.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. After a string if sub-par beer, we started off a really good run of excellent beers with this one. Big foamy head (a signature feature of JP beers, I think) on a tawny brown body. Big soapy spicy nose. Taste-celery, lavender, perfumed hand soap, heather, saison like qualities, soft, high CO2, lemon grass. Very soft, very well done.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden amber.Nose is heavy with coriander and of some rotten fruit that just happens to smell good even tho’ it has gon e off. tastes sour,not flavor sour but sour.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear medium amber color. dimply and creamy off-white head. lots of micro-fizz bubbles in the body. citrusy aroma for a belgian. fresh lime zest and sweet candi sugar malt aroma. a bit of yeasty sourness too. flavor is dry and tart like a de dolle. mouthfeel is light but enjoyable. blanket of micro lacing on the glass. dry and herbal but still sweet like a malt soda with dried lime. clean & crisp finish. thanks to 1FastSti for this one!
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Nose: yeasty floral hop aroma. Appearance is a cloudy amber. The head is big, 2-3 in. and pillowy eventually fading. A smooth finish, taste is spicy and floral, very clean from the coriander. First contact with the tongue is slightly sour but leaves with the carbonation (there’s lots of it) hints of the oak aging. Rather pleasant overall, ideal for a spring/summer afternoon. * Design note* The illustrated label does a more than adequate job of conveying the overall experience of this ale.
zach8270 (3470) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Cloudy amber color with about 3 inches of tan foam. Aroma is very spicy with hints of champagne, lots of coriander some malts and some apple cider. Flavor begins with a tart taste followed by a spicy flavor of coriander, citrus, apples and malt. Coriander is almost overpowering, but the other flavors are evident. Could use some more of them and a touch less coriander. Very good though.
jcr (2208) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nose of coriander and malty breads follows the hazy, copper pour. The flavor is tart and spicy. There are notes of whiskey as well. Medium body. A dry finish. This was one nice beer and would have rated even more highly, but I thought the flavors just didn’t blend together as well as they could have.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Butterscotch pour with a healthy, foamy head. Some citrusy hops battle for control of the aroma as a fiesty, earthy yeast makes it presence known. The body is complex and enjoyable - full of everything from sweet fruits to woody undertones to a grainy whiskey note. The special additions of coriander and seeds of paradise add another layer - taking this to the next level. Some alcoholic heat in the finish is a nice ending.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 750 ML bottle: Lasting light cream colored head on a medium amber hazy body. Plummy and floral (rose like) aromas; lightly musty and earthy, and bready malt w/ some spicy pepper and ginger notes from yeast. Lemony citrus esters as well as some band aid like plasticky phenolic as it warms as well as a brett character. Well balanced but lightly bitter mid palate into the dry finish. Spicy peppery yeast, a bit citrusy hop flavored and a bit tart w/ some green fruit flavors and raw hops. Lighly plummy and has a slightly bitter aftertaste with toasty malt flavor. Medium body, highly carbonated, smooth with well hidden alcohol. Maybe a bit too young, but very flavorful and drinkable. Some age might lighten up some of the bitterness a bit as it’s a little too bitter for my palate. A very good beer though!