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RATINGS: 896   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The Firefly, an artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to Styles: Pours with a huge white head that is quite well-retained and leaves thick lacing around the outside of the glass. The body shines a bright pale-medium amber that is almost totally clear if gently poured. Tiny bubbles can be seen shooting to the surface. The nose shows a bit of lightly sour funk, barnyard, and what smells like a barrel that held lambic for a short time. There’s a touch of mint, a hint of earthy pepper when swirled, and a touch of wet grain. This smells almost like a 50/50 combination of gentle gueuze and belgian wit. The taste begins lightly sour with some lemon lest, then opens into oak barrel, hints of vanilla, pepper, mild tannins, a bit of dry wheat & sweet light malt, then the spicy hops come through in the middle and finish. As it warms it actually becomes quite spicy all the way through from the peppery notes in the beginning to the hops towards the end (though the bitterness from the hops is felt from the beginning). Medium body, medium-lively carbonation, finishes bitter and dry. It’s nice, I like the level of spice and the tannins but there’s nothing that really grabs me about this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Hazy gold, thick rocky off white head. Complex nose of funky farmhouse, lemon, earth, and must, with very light touches of vanilla and pepper. Flavor is citrusy (lemon) up front, barnyard, and touches of wood. It’s tart and dry throughout, with a late hop bitterness that brings it full circle. Medium bodied, pillow soft carbonation, lemony, soft pepper-like finish. JP seems to do no wrong in my book. Thanks for sharing hopscotch. Very nice...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (30392) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
An unclear orange beer with a white head. The aroma is sweet spicy combined with notes of oranges. The flavor is sweet spicy - especially coriander, but also with fruity notes of oranges, leading to a dry end. A rather average Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Cloudy yellow-orange body. Warm citrus nose, orange and lemon zests. Unremarkable mouthfeel with a spice citurs flavour. Similar to mulling spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
An Americanized barnyard seasonal. Barnyard and maltiness and spices aroma. Lots of head all the time. Very drinkable. Grainy medium mouthfeel, with a bit of bitter astringent sourness in mid-sip. Got more malt than spices, some pepper, vanilla, lemon,coriander, apple . Thanks Dr. Jay

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle... Murky, golden ale with a mid-sized, rocky, off-white head. Great retention. Flemish, earthy aroma with notes of lemon, white pepper, must and canvas. The flavor is lightly Flemish at first, then the hops kick in and gently knock down the tartness with a subtle bitterness. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes astringent and very dry. Thanks to OhioDad for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Pour is hazy golden with thin off white head...smell is straw, funk, various malty character...taste is fizzy with bready malts, some spices, and some sort of sourness...good...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Cloudy orange body with a large rocky head and very nice lacing on the glass. Reminds me of Orval as it poured. Aroma is very complex with notes of lemons, oranges, spices, pepper, vanilla, and a hint of caramel. Flavor is the same with a light hop finish. It fell apart slightly near the end, but to its fairness I was drinking it by the fire so it warmed faster. Tasty and complex, a great Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
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.

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