ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. After reading that that whaleback white ale was compared in a tasting to this, I just had to open my bottle on another 95 degree day. Pours out yellow, thick white head. Plenty of CO2 in this one. Smells sweet, fruity, and slightly hoppy. Other spices in the smell, pepper, and oak. Taste is similar, very refreshing, slightly sour, hop kicking in to it too. Very good, better than the whaleback white. Went very nice with a burger, and very nice with the hot weather. Awesome.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold, large head that diminishes quickly. Seems very carbonated. Aroma is berry, sour and some pepper. Taste is sour, slightly fruity,some wheat and pepper. Carbonated, medium body.
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of TheBeerCellar2: Poured a light hazy golden color ale with a huge foamy white head with perfect retention (bottle was a bit of a gusher when opened). Aroma of pepper is surprisingly quite dominating with some sourness (brett) and some traces of oak. Taste is real interesting mix between sourness, sweet malt some pepper and other spices though not as much as the aroma was suggesting. Carbonation was a tad too excessive and body was above average. Another impressive effort from this fine brewery.
shrubber85 (10247) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice sour malt/barnyard/hay aroma. Cloudy yellow-amber color with large head. Acidity and carbonation hit the tongue first followed by mild sour lemon mixed with musty hay. Finish is sour lemon peel mixed with pepper. A work of art.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Very cloudy, pale golden-yellow beer with a thin white head. High carbonation. Amazing oaky aroma, some vanilla, spicy yeast, clove, lactic sourness all playing off a fairly straightforward Belgian pale malt base. Beautiful creamy texture, soft and silky with noticable wheaty spiciness. Fruity as well, some lemony citrus. The acidity really picks up as the beer begins to warm. Light bubblegum. A fairly prominent herbal/noble hop flavour as well. Long chewy oaky finish. Peppery character comes forward as the beer warms as well. Light soft leathery notes add even more complexity to the mix. It’s about 90 degrees and 90% humidity right now and this beer was made for times like this.
BeerandBlues2 (11854) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from artusory. Pours a pale straw yellow, very bubbly, fast-rising bubbles, a medium creamy and frothy white head that lasts, some spotty lacing. Aroma is malt (meal, cereal), yeast (dough, grass), fruity, spices, orange and citrus, cardboard notes. Medium acidic and bitter, tart fruit (green apple, peach), yeasty body, orange spiced finish. Medium bodied, smooth palate, especially given the amount of carbonation.
thornecb (5370) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Explosion pour into a tulip. Huge, frothy bright white micro head. Fruity esters throughout the room. Fizzy, with sweet triple and peppery, tart, sour fruit. Lasting dried fruit finish. Nice.
Nuffield (4020) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow, lovely white head. I had a little bit of a head cold, so I lost some part of its dimensionality, but what I got was tremendous. There was a deep floral and fruity quality, but it resonated like a scented candle, warm and lush--perhaps one of the first times that a silly word chosen by the makers of a beer really fits..."lush"... yeah. The hops element was quite interesting, leaving some distinctly bitter notes but not enough to take the tang away from the sweet/sour thing or the tingling palate. Excellent beer.
jrob21 (3367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big musty aroma. Reminds me of spices and bananas. Cloudy golden color. Big white head. Tastes of bubblegum, first time I have recognized that taste in a beer. Rather sweet, big long finish. Slightly sour and tart. Good beer but not as complex as I was expecting.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, this one smells like someone had been riding a leather saddle for days and days. Quite sour, with just a hint of musty spice. Flavor is sour, but nicely tart, not quite the acidity I Was hoping for and leaves the beer a little underwhelmed. Flavors are nicely full of spicy pepper, rosewater, light honey and just a hint of caramel, finishing up with some dried fruits. Decent, but there are better takes on this style.