Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Red hue, copper like, slightly hazy. Plenty of alcohol, of dry alcohol. Rough aroma. Flavour was sweet, earthy, light chocolate covered with more of alcoholic tones.
Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wine colour with a little lace. Light mouthfeel. Aged past expiry by eight months, and still quite drinkable. Tough cork to remove.
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark coloured. Very spicy and lot’s of nice herbs in the aroma. This beer is rather nice, because of the interesting balance of herbs and sweet malts. Nice!
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled (BB 12/2005)
Brown color, small brownish head. Parfumic sweet nose.: lemon, peppermint, prunes, rye and coffee. Quite strange flavor of ginger, cold coffee and dried fruits. Hides alcohol under the spices, but not very drinkable. Reminds me of some christmas beers.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
And a fine gruit it is. Pouring a somewhat murky brown body with ruby highlights, this has an initially tall fizzy beige head that soon reduces to a samll fizzy film. The aroma is malty with ginger, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, alcohol, anise, and Eris knows what. Nicely carbonated, the aroma carries into the flavor eloquently. There’s an even increased level of spiciness in the taste with the addition of pepper, vanilla, a variety of herbs.... This finishes on a spicy, malty note. It’s an interesting brew, and I will be drinking it again.
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Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours a murky brown with no head or lacing. Aroma is of hard candy, prunes, flowers and spice. Flavor is worty with licorice, alcohol, and pepper. Balanced, viscous and well-carbonated. An interesting style of beer.
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
21 Jun 2005 - (Inge B&B, Haarlem) - Luscious stone fruit and malt aroma. Cloudy dark brown-red colour, the head and lacing could be better. intense fruit malt hop flavours, but also light. Lingering fruit flavour.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glowing brown with hints of violet. Vibrant herbaceous and berry hints in the aroma, with big spice (pumpkin and cinnamon), fruit, bark, banana chips and alcohol. The malt and yeast are lovely and perfectly accented by the herbs and spices. I was expecting a cloying beer, but I ended up with something in perfect balance, with loads of fruit and spice and Christmas pudding.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color is a very murky aged sherry and the head is small, dissipating quickly and leaving spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor are a very satisfying but more along the lines of a slightly simplistic Belgian brune than a true gruit beer. Very good overall, though I was somewhat let down by the marketing suggestions that this is an original recipe from days of yore. I docked them 5 overall points for this type of thing, in fact. Most specifically, I feel the lead-on that this beer is unhopped ("In the Golden Age of Dutch brewing, before hops were known, they used a blend of savory herbs, called gruit, to give a spicy aroma to their ales") is false. Do they have a special combination? Along with the profound caramel maltiness, there seems to be a strong hoppiness from the time the bottle is opened. The label later states this is "the strong version of the old gruit beer", which leaves a lot open for speculation. Not that this isn’t an old tyme recipe, but perhaps more like it would be from the late 1700’s or the 1800’s than the 1400’s.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a murky brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, raisins, herbs, and butterscotch. Flavor of dates, raisins, malt, plum, and spices.