chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The first thing I noted about this beer was the lack of hop presence. That was before I realised it was a recreation of a gruit beer and didnít have any hops. The herbs used in place of provided an interesting alternative, but I didnít find them assertive enough. Vaguely medicinal. Overall a bit dull, thin and watery. Extra marks for interest though. Bottled. January 2005.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a medium, hazy orange color with a larger sized white head. Lots of small particles. Aromas of spices, bananas, and lemons. Lighter tastes (not as strong as the smell would have led me to believe). Fizzy body that also came across as flat and boring (does that make any sense).
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had this in almsterdam at a cafe called ít Arendnest. a must if in the amsterdam area (largest selection of dutch beers around) a different kind of thing going on here. hazy off yellow with white head. spicy notes in the nose... herbal, organic palate, coriander, lemon, sweet vanilla, honey. definatly reminds you of a witte. nice crisp drinkeable beer. wouldnt call it a traditional ale
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pepper, dandelion, hint of mint (esp. in the flavor). Hazy yellow brown with irregular head. Vinegar flavor, clove, lemon drop. I can understanding someone saying there is honey, too. Lemon poppyseed pound cake. It suggests a sweet finish. Interesting in its complexity. Herbal tea quality. I would want to drink this beer if I had a bad cold. Unremarkable palate. Interesting and drinkable.
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
cloudy orange with a white head. aroma is clove, green and banana pepper, muddy honey and mint. taste is some lemon and vinegar, herbs of some kind that i canít specifically identify. stem tasting. finish is mediciney but rather nice. sweetness lingers in a citrus way.
legion242 (2342) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So so. Poured a clever orange cloudy color. Wispy head. Slight tart in the palate. Really nothing special.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This deep gold brew with a white merengue head smelled of coriander and citrus , it taste was slightly tart with notes of cherrios and fresh bread, spices round off the flavors (sweet Orange peel and coriander) the mouth feel was medium to thin kinda lifeless after the intial sips.
DanielBrown (4163) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Arendsnest, Amsterdam. Hazey white/yellow, with a thickish head. Really nice chalky lemon aroma. Less chalky than expected in the mouth, more sliky in fact, with a lemon meringue pie feeling. Sweet fruit, with creamy fizz and a crunchy carbonation on the finish. Very good stuff, even though I never clocked it was anything other than a standard Wit stylee.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is, I believe, my first gruit beer and, given the opportunity, will not be my last. Not that itís that great. More like interesting. (The experience reminds me of having my first Fraoch. Interesting then; enjoyable now.) It pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a skinny white head. The aroma is quite refreshing, grassy, herbal (but not like Koyt, as they say), with a lemon twist. The brew lost its carbonation early on, but has a tart mouthfeel to take its place. Spicy (both sweet and bitter) but light to the taste buds, this has a dry, lemony finish. Nice.
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unsure of the date on this one. I know the last shipment of these hit the U.S. in early-mid 2004, so I will assume this is a 2003 bottle. Light golden pour, lightly hazy/transluscent, bottle conditioned, with a smattering of white head. The color has a greenish tint to it, with some light, rusty orange-yellow tones as well. Aroma is lightly sour/bitter, spruce and gale notes, with a hint of dry, nutty coriander-like notes as well. Flavor has a unique range of spices, some sweet, some bitter, some dry and nutty. A tinge of sugar on the palate and a chewiness no doubt from the oats used. Odd, buttery/cardboard overtones on the palate, that really make this tough to love (diacetyl). Medium-light body, a bit stale tasting on the end. Though itís bottle conditioned, it tastes like the yeast has petered out. Finishes with more herbs, light citrus (lemons, tangerines) and with an even wheat and oat texture, that seems slightly broken up by a bit too much carbonation. Need to try this one fresh.