TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light gold with slight haze. Medium fluffy head eventually yields to gravity and leaves sheets of lace. Malty sweet aroma with moderate hop spice & earthy yeast. Flavor of sweet malt -- LOTS of sweetness, plus light hop bitterness, a touch of tart, and slight hop warming in the end. Thick, almost sticky palate. Too sweet for the style but still another fine exhibit of the obvious love of beercraft by the folks at Jolly Pumpkin.
sfontain (824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Bright yellow; tiny, fizzy head. Aroma pear, banana, and cloves. Flavor verry hoppy; banana; sugar; alcohol. Full bodied and clean.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Chill haze golden, with soapy rim of off-white. Unknowingly at the time, my first Biere de Garde. Awesom. Light aroma of chilled pears and spicy chardonnay. Tinge of esters. Tart lucious flavor. Sipper. Delicious. Woody, wild and full of random fruits. Touches of banana and cinnamon. Sweet. Extemely well balanced and full of flavor. Peculiar tart characterisitics that lend an air of sophistication. Finish is strong clingy sugars. Belgian yeast notes detectable in the finish. Heavy sugar smack.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am finally getting around to actually rating this beer, even though I have drank many a bottle in the past. This bottle happens to be from a more recent batch, which I noticed is very different from what went before.
The beer pours with a body as golden as a summer sunset and as lively as the winter winds. A tall rocky white snowdrift rests enduringly atop. The aroma and flavors from this batch of Ora are filled with fruity esters of apples both green and red, ripened green grapes, bananas, plums, and passion fruit. Nice spicy suggestions of black peppercorn, with a hint of coriander in the finish. The wild yeasts are most prominent. Lots of zesty and mildly tart brett flavors intermingle with some gentle lactic flavors… adding tons of depth and density. Pulling out lots of biscuity suggestions, a hint of yogurt and buttermilk, rather dry and vinous in the finish. The body is spectacular. Carbonation is largely from an in bottle secondary fermentation…adding a very fine and silky texture. This is a splendid beer… I am glad I have multiple bottles on hand; as I might just have another after this… WOW!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Highly anticipated bottle from Kevin. Very hay colored body with a huge foamy head. LOTS of CO2. Nose-like old over rippened fruit-in a good way and very spicy. Smells like a super Saison. Taste-slightly sour, black pepper, anise, acidic zestiness, apple skin, very light banana/clove hefe yeast notes, YEASTY!, maybe some citric zest, very clean, VERY heavy corriander, and maybe just a hint of soapy brett. Amzing not because of the taste alone, but because there are about 90 flavors here each dancing off of each other. Beautifly constructed and thought out. Has some slight lotion/soap notes that I dislike, but the good strongly outweighs the bad. Almost tastes like a very spicy sweet white wine, like a very complex riesling. Very vinous. As it warms it really opens up and takes on a beautiful character. I can’t get over how much like a white wine this is.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. bottle enjoyed at the Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy golden color with a huge white head. Spicy, yeasty aroma with hints of papaya. Mildly tart flavor with black pepper, yeast and some citrus. Very refreshing, especially for a beer of this strength.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/31/05: On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse.
Gradated body; bottom starts off dirty yellow and ends up with a green-tan color. Thin white head, creamy with thick lacing which clings to the glass. Nose of yeast. Flavor is gueuze-like, without the dirt. Flavors include white cheddar cheese and a touch of must.
shadey (1952) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
our is golden with a huge chunky white head. Aroma is grassy and spicy. Flavor is very dry and spicy. The quality is obvious, but the pleasure isn’t there.
scoobyluv (510) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
frothy head. pumpkin color, spicy pumpkin pie. tastes like squash. makes me want to dress up and go trick-or-treating. also tastes like nutmeg
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold, with a huge rocky white head. Spicy, yeasty nose with black pepper and some caramel. Quite effervescent. Pretty sweet, tangy flavor, some spice, coriander, green apple.