badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a gold color with a foamy head. Oddly metalic and citrus nose with a bit of breadness as well. The taste is quite strange, not like the other gruits Iíve had. A little blueberry and corriander, I thought. Not bad, but certainly strange.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Floral hops are overwhelmed by huge butterscoth diacetyl aroma. Opaque copper coloured with thin, white fully diminishing head. Very short, sweet caramel flavour. Watery body with an oily texture and high gassy carbonation. Will need to resample as this canít be right - then again, at least one of us enjoyed it somewhat. Bottle - a disappointing butter-bomb sampled with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Monstrous diacetyl punch covering a flat, white grapey, mead-like sweetness...Spices roam aloof in this sedentary texture but donít quite know where to settle...After having loved their Koyt, Iím led to believe that I need to resample this under different conditions...
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Cloudy amber, nice color. Low off-white head. Aroma of spices mostly, coriander, sage, baked cookies, flour. Appears mostly sweet and grainy overall, a malt/yeast performance. On the tongue, spices become more overwhelming and develop into a shocking acidity. ROsemary and thyme nuances observable. Itís not blended too well and the flavor feels very short. Astringent and thin. Lively carbonation, thin (soda mouthfeel).
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Milky orange with fine white head. Yeast, wheat, and iced tea like aromas. Light body with a refreshing citrus finish. Vanilla, citrus, grass, light spice and faint banana flavors. Very different, though some what like a belgian wit.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small bottle pours a very hazy dull orange color with a small head that disipated quickly. The aroma is spicy and slightly sour. The flavor is somewhat wheaty, a touch quenching, with a real fizzy palate. Overall, this one is real marginal.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy, golden color, big, elegent, though quick to fade head.
Aroma is deliciousness, indeed: spicy, airy, with light citric fruit, and a big helping of yeast, slightly musty and tart.
Great blitz of citric hops right off the bat, big carbonation, spritzy as they get. Nice taste, but the effervescence overcomes the flavor. Body is on the light side, texture is minimal..lemony flavor kicks in a bit more toward the end.
Tasty little beer. "Real Dutch Gruit Witbier" boasts the label. Tastes like one, too, smooth, tasty, ultimately very drinkable.
But...probably not worth the $4.59 I paid for this 12 oz. bottle.
donít let me stop you, though...
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
orangish, cloudy, white head, disappears fast, citrus aroma, flavor is light herbal, light spice, not that impressive, watery
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Poured cloudy gold with smallish sized head. Aroma was a bit fruitty with faint hints of malt. Taste was a bit sour with some spice and coriander. Spicy and lemony with a lively mouthfeel.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bright peach with floating specks of yeast. Jagged, large-bubbled ring of foam with some rocks in the center. Very soft bouquet of tangy rosemary, wax, rosehips, perfumey esters, and pink peppercorns. Notably mushy and unrefined. Feathery carbonation with loose fluff. First sip yield soft tangy herbs and crushed coriander. Sparse candied malt presence paired with moderate cantaloupe flavors and lime leaf acidity. Unripe nectarine tartness counteracts the juicy herbs while further lessening the body and deterring the muted malt sweetness. Slight herbal astringency in the finish with traces of spicy pepper, rose petals, tangy herbs, and slightly musty yeast. Bland aftertaste of mineral and tart melon. Very boring, overall, with an extremely lifeless body, overstated acidity, and dull herb elements. Iíll take the Koyt over this, any day.