5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep, dull, cloudy golden, large white foamy head, with attractive lacing. † Sweet bready aroma, seems thick and viscous. † Slight spices, orange peel, minor pepper, with a hint of alcohol. † Malty/Bready up front, subtle spices and the aformentioned pepper. † Alcohol heat & a slight medicinal twinge at first, but as it warms it mellows out nicely. † Almost thought it was a young/hot Grand Cru at first. † Still feel the heat in my chest tho. † Very nice body, flavor lingers and coats well. † Medium to full mouthfeel, slightly syrupy. † Mellows out at the finish, remains malty/bready, with soft spices & pepper. † More noticeable fig/date in the aftertaste. † As with my prior Jolly Pumpkin, it seems to go through quite a few changes as it warms. † Enjoyable! † Thanks goes out to CaptainCougar for the trade!
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Funky but sweet, with some fresh meadow hopiness and some spiciness on the nose. Hazy amber with a sweet medium body. Lingers very nicely although the carbonation seemed a little to high for me. Overall very nice.
kane (111) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this has an aroma of a tripel with the taste of Duvel. A hazy orange color with a huge rich head. Aroma of pepper, sugar, Belgian yeast. Taste of spices, hops, yeast. Smooth feel, easy to drink, 8% not noticable at all. This beer is an achievment to the craft beer movement of Michigan as it is hard to believe that this did not come from Belgium. Wonderful beer and brewery.
radiomgb (2221) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Fall Beerfest In Toronto 2004. Light amber in colour. Aroma was yeasty, musty, spices and oranges. Flavour was yeasty, some apples and pears, earth, peppery spices. Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes medium length with some tartness. Nice.
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2011 Bottle (Oct 2011 batch). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of lemon/lime zest, pepper, oak, sour apple skin. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Itís been years since Iíve had a blockbuster batch, but itís usually very good.
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours hazy dark straw with a huge off-white head and hop and yeast floaties (green and brown both floating). Aroma of malt, some hopcit, Brett, barnyard, spice. Tastes malty, with solid citrus and fruit, also spice, Brett, candi sugar, and bell pepper. Very smooth, complex, dense palate. Again, in a blind taste test, I think 99% of people would say this came from Belgium. Gets better as you drink it. JP is one of the best new brewers Iíve had in 2005.
TheBeerGod (5177) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to wohlfs for this! hazed amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is spices, candy sugar, yeast, flowers and fruits(banana and melon, mainly). Taste is sweet and spicy with more candy sugar, fruits, light floral notes, yeast and some light earthy notes. Body is fully carbonated and overal very smooth. Light tingling to this. Finishes with more fruit and candy sugar with light spices and yeastiness. An odd bitterness towrd the end that I canít quite place. Sort of woody and covered in over-ripe fruits. Nice beer, nonetheless.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Small white head. Aroma is spicy, oranges, other fruits and spices combine to be very pleasent. Flavor is very sweet. Bananas, sugar, and spices, very complex, a little woody, VERY tasty! Thanks to BBB63 For this one!
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber hue with initial huge frothy head which settles into a small but forever lasting foam and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of white grape, plum, starfruit, pear (yes a lot of fruit esters), oaky and clean cut wood, bubblegum and dusty yeast esters and sublime corriander and pepper. The taste has that Belgium candi sweetness upfront but this beer shows undertones of bitter, spice, and oak upon the finish and good depth of palate. The feel is lively and refreshing....way too initially refreshing as I nearly drank the whole thing before I could rate it! The spices and oak can become too much as you finish the bottle however. Take your time and renew the palate in midstream. Wow, what a wonderful brew and a work of art! Sort of a saison, witbier, old ale hybrid...so calling it a Biere de garde works for me. Very RECOMMENDED!!
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange copper color, and it is topped by a frothy thick tan head. The aroma is at first cidery, but then becomes musty and woody with spicy notes of orange peel, ginger, lemon, as well as hints of cobwebs, acetic acid. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and creamy up front but then moves to a sharp, almost astringent note through to the finish. The beer has a dominant note of spritzy apples and lemon peel, as well as a note of bitter pith. This beer is quite complex, and tasty.
This shares many of the characteristics of the Luciernaga and the La Roja, but for some reason it just seems to work quite a bit better in this beer. This beer is quite well integrated between the up front apple and lemon character, the soft spiciness and the barrel funk. There is a certain sharpness in the finish which seems to have notes of higher alcohols, tannic woodiness, and hot estery alcohols. None of the sharpness in the finish is overwhelming, in fact it adds sort of a balancing note to the soft creamy fruitiness. While this beer does not wow me quite like the Calabaza Blanca, it is incredibly well balanced and certainly tasty to boot.