xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Decade topper. The beer - a living organism - spurts forth its excitement upon opening, issuing a sampler of its sure to be generous head. Indeed, the head amply more than matches the volume of beer poured, looking regally staisfied in the well-proportioned tulip glass. An aroma unlike one I recall encountering before, green apple hoppiness, with a squeeze of palpably sour citrus. A touch of sweetness from the green apple bracing the sourness. Exquisite. The head becomes chunky as is slowly fades, leaving jubilant, patterned lacing behind. The warm up to this beer is a phenomenon in itself, justifying what must by now be many hours of patience with much lesser brews. It may be the only, or one of the only, perfect scores I have given to aroma to date. The beer is no letdown in the flavor - one you could suck down like a dionysiac if you were inclined to decadent debauchery, or slowly savor were you inclined to maximize your hedonic and perceptual experience. The collisions of hops and sourness from the yeast generate a refined fruit flavor that is quite enjoyable to the seasoned palate. This is not the easiest to get in these parts but with any luck I will drink it every year to commemorate my life. (It’s a good adult substitute for friendly’s mint ice cream pie, with the green label & flavor.) Simply a wonderful idea, flawlessly executed. Now, they simply need to age this in some kind of cherry sugar soaked cask and I will give it a 5. (Ed: The second glass, by the time I poured it, the bottle had already developed its own second protruding head. Nothing like enjoying that with some cheesy midi celebration tunes provided by ratebeer...!)
Lagerboy (1028) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 pt. 9.4 fl. OZ. bottle. Unclear yellow orange, big white rocky head slowly settles. Aroma of Belgian yeast, coriander, citric and spicy. Tart peppery citrus taste, yeasty funk, green fruit, coriander and light pale malts. Average carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. Dry finish. Not a preferred style and: NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
kevinator (673) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of their best. Strong Belgian spice and yeast aroma.
Light golden color with bubbles and average white fizzy head. Light fluid palate with strong carbonation and crispness. Slight Pickering on the back end. Complex blend of flavors with spiciness, fruit esters and yeast. This also had a sour beer essence that was a nice touch. Good stuff.
jeremyh70 (560) - Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange in color with only the slightest haze, a huge meringue like white head and good lacing. Aroma of tart apples and oak with some spices and a hint of bubble gum. Taste has an ever so slight tart funkiness along with peach and pear fruitiness. Some oak flavor and bread crust along with the spicing from the grains of paradise and coriander that comes in moderately strong at the end. Finishes dry with lingering spices. Medium bodied with a medium high carbonation. The flavors worked well together and in balance helping to make the beer easy to drink.
FatPhil (8350) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle (BierKompass.de) Batch 802/804 Bottled 5-20-2011
Orval-like aroma - just love that! Taste is pure peach - love that too. Hazy peach colour, persistent small head. Crisp palate, but still soft in the mouth. Beatifully aged, love the peachy aspects in the retronasals. Very light, very drinkable. A sour pale ale done with respect for time and moderation, like Orval. A classic.
SlackerMads (1140) - DENMARK - JAN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slow gushing bottle. Pours unclear orange with a large frothy off white head. Citrus, fruit, light brett and wood in the nose. Taste starts off pretty soft but gets more full with the coriander being noticeable. Also lots of citrus notes, grass, pepper and lingering brett and wood in the finish. Medium body, oily/watery texture, medium carbonation, light bitter and dry finish. High drinkability but also complex.
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Vintage 2010 - Soapy and herbal. Clear gold with a thi white head. Tastes very flat with some sweet herbs and grass. Funky and easy drinking, but being flat leaves a bit to be desired.x
RobertDale (2852) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and spice. Taste is fruit, funk, spice. bread, and floral. Very nice.
MrFecesious (755) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Hazy straw gold with a frothy white cap that settles into a rocky blanket. Aroma of yeast, cheese, straw, lemon, orange, and a hint of "body odour". Taste is sweet and tart/bitter. Long bitter finish. High carbonation.
AlainG (1007) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un liquide orangé et limpide, ayant une mousse digne, soyeuse, qui persiste et qui laisse une belle dentelle au verre. La levure sauvage semble très civilisée et nous dit un beau "Bonjour!" dès qu’elle en a l’occasion. Ensuite, des effluves boisées, des arômes fruités et des parfums moindrement épicés se bousculent pour charmer notre nez. Un côté mentholé, ou encore d’eucalyptus avait échappé à mon attention. Ses saveurs sont fidèles aux senteurs. Une texture soyeuse et veloutée avec un aspect acidulé complètent le portrait gustatif. Batch 1092/1096 Embouteillée le 13 juin 2012 (934-221213)
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, shared with Ian and others. Hazy golden body topped by a lively white head. Scant early lace. Lightly spicy aroma, faint funk. Biscuity malts with spicy yeast character, light hay, light funk. Dry finish, modestly bitter. I’m not certain whether the faint funkiness is deliberate, or an expression of the age on this bottle (14 months, stored at 4 degrees), but it was a very pleasant drinkable brew.