Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden orange pour. Huge rocky head. Aroma of Oranges,lemon peel,hints of wood and spice. Tastes pretty much like the aroma but not as good with some dry hoppiness in the finish. Actually the finish is too dry for me. This stuff makes ya belch bigtime too.3rd beer Iíve tried from this brewery and the last,thats for sure.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle consumed Nov. 05. Thick, creamy, dense chalk-white head (similar, if not quite as dense and well-retained as Orval) atop a golden-brass colored body, bottle conditioned and with a slight haziness. Head is well-retained and laces sufficiently. Aroma is a delightful dose of playful brett, with light notes of honey in the background a touch of pears, limes and apples. The hops are there in generous proportion as well, with a zesty, spiciness of noble hops (saaz and or hallertauer I guess). Quite intense and lasting is the aroma, significanly more round and fruity than orval, not as focused on the brett and hops, but they are still there in abundance. Flavor begins sweet, with juicy pears, nectarines and limey brett. Touches of oak add complexity, a dry wood feel of sorts adding balance to the maltiness. Hops are lightly sweaty but quite crisp on the finish, with plenty of brett carrying through. Mouthfeel shows tiny, compact bubbles adding a tight element to it, while the texture is gentle, yet lightly creamy. Unfortunately, in my sample, all was going slendidly until after about 15, 20 minutes when the texture became just plain watery but even worse, noticeable raw alcohol notes emerged in both aroma and flavor.
Cask pint at Sunset Grille, 12/20/2005
Copper-amber toned golden, with a soft, emergent red sheen to it. Perched atop is a very well-retained white head, hugely foamy and full of large bubbles. The aroma is again of brett, but this time, it shares the bill much more equally with the sweet orange fruits and light doughy malt. Flavor is very fruity, decidedly much more than from the bottle, though it is bright and playful, only being brought down to earth by the lightly bready and a touch sourish maltiness. Hops are soft and earthy, lightly sweaty but not as crisp on the end. Brett is certainly there, but much more subdued. Carbonation is quite expansive on this one, and I still get a touch of wateriness towards the end, but there is no alcohol apparency in this sample. Dosent seem to work as well on cask, warm obviously, which provides the malt with too much fuel and gives it that bready-sweet build up on the palate (coriander too apparent as well) while compromising some of the crispness.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber with enormous, rocky, off-white head. Big chunky lacing. The aroma is apricot and oranges with a good amount of funk underneath. The flavor is citrus and spice, wood and hay. Finish is tart and bitter, very refreshing. Champagne mouthfeel, absolutely wonderful.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, thick, big-bubbled head. Cloudy orange body. Very full aroma: oranges/citrus, limes, apricots and just plain fruity. The flavor doesnít quite match the aroma, but itís pretty good. Dry, and less sweet than I expected. Herbal and earthy notes, with hints of the fruits. The carbonation is a little much for me, so I will lower my rating for this. Something lingers that reminds me of apples...
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy straw color, with thick and lasting head - the aroma strikes a balance between sweet, fruity smells (peach, apricot), and musty, tart, earthy smells - tart at first, mellowing into some wood, spices - very barnyardy, some brett characteristics - lavender, coriander, orange peel - very floral - barrel aging imparts many vinous qualities (as Iím noticing with all jolly pumpkins Iíve tried) - quite a nice beer.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange brown color with a huge frothy white head that produces great lacing. Aroma is sweet, hints of hay, flowers, corriander, and vinegar. Flavor is of a very subtle hops, lime juice, floral hints, and a souring very dry finish. Palate is amazing, as bubbly as this beer is, it sure doesnít show up on the palate. This is a great beer, one I am sure to have again.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared with csbosox. Quite a bit of horsey/barnyard aroma. Spicey/floral hops. Tons of wood throught this whole thing. Hazy copper orange with yellow tones. Bright white head with good lacing. Very woody, vanilla, and peppery. Very course palate due to tones of carbonation. Dry as dry can be. I really donít know what to think of this beer. I donít think I ever had anything like it.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Semi-translucent and glowing orangish-copper in color with a decadent mossy head and slow motion cascading lace that mimics vellum from time to time. Aroma delivers with green grape skin and souring pinot grapes, brett funk, and a perfumey hop zest comprised of lilacs and callolilies. I could sniff this for years. Other wafts produce coriander and lemon rind scrapings, and some sugary esters underneath it all. Oak and brett take a flavor likeness to riesling aged in chardonnay casks. Floral attributions configure a tulip and rose petal bouquet arrangement, perfectly captured within the subtle hop array. Checked coriander, lime juice and daffodils aid the symbiotic rendition and subconscious slips of melanin. Palate perfection, ingrained with oaken smoothness and encapsulating effervescence to provide a custom net that catches and catapults the rigid, sour trait display. Mild finish, as a resilient and persistent spice force sings a duet of coriander and chrysanthemums. No one in the country is displaying this much artistry and brilliance in the craft of brewing as Ron achieves every single time.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is really nice. Itís the first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle. The beer pours to a really hazy (not murky) amber/orange body with a white head. The palate is velvety and medium bodied. It has a very strong carbonation on the front of the tongue. It has some dryness to it. The flavor is spicy with lots of coriander. Earthy hops and yeast. The aroma has a subtle fruity characteristic to it. Similar to pineapple or pomegranate. Thereís also some nice yeasts and light oak. The grains that are apparent are likely the Grains of Paradise that they used.
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep orange color huge thick frothy off white head. Smells good very sweet a nice fresh citrus and grass light hop aroma touches of cinnamon all spice and corriander some touch of an odd pear. very carbonated almost fizzy palate, lightly creamy. Flavor is almost a touch bland considering the aroma... itís a spiced flavor some coriander, all spice, and floral hops. Not bad.