FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A reasonably vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a red stained, amber color that shows a quite clear, orangish tinged, light red hue when held up to the light. Fairly hoppy, with a candied citrus and bright berry aromatic note to it. Towards the back end a touch of sharper citrus oil notes and perhaps a touch of pine comes out. Bergamot oil aromatics play a nice role here and provide a nice, bright orange note to the nose. Surprisingly little malt character is noticeable under the hop character though it certainly boosts the fruit and berry notes found in the aroma. This doesn’t have an over-the-top hoppiness to it and I am actually a bit surprised I don’t get more malt aromatics.
Quite light bodied for a Barleywine; almost a bit thin. Citrus hop flavors of candied orange zest, lightly sweetened tangerine juice as well as a touch of berry notes towards the middle. This seems to pick up a touch of oxidation flavors towards the finish; it is quite light, but seems to accentuate the berry flavors a bit as well as adding a touch of sherry. For a Barley Wine the malt character is surprisingly muted; I would expect lots of toasty grain and caramelized malt notes here, but these barely play a role in the flavor profile.
This has a surprisingly high alcohol content given how light the flavors are; it definitely hides the alcohol fairly well too. An interesting interpretation, I could definitely use more malt flavors and heft here. This comes off as being a nicely hopped, slightly big, Amber Ale. Not bad, but not overly exciting either.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
rauchbier (3393) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Hazy amber orange, thin but persistant rocky white head and moderate condition. Good complex aromas of honey, malt, spices, orange, yeast and funky mushrooms. Fruity sweet and quite soft in the mouth with spicy yeast. Long finish that is quite dry and spicy with malt, yeast and coconut lingering.
SSSteve (3376) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy orange brown beer under a small white head. yeasty, light fruit, toffee, floral aroma. flavors of light fruits(peach, apple, pear), yeast(dough, marshmallow), and spices(cinnamon maybe?) surprisingly light-medium bodied considering the abv. not bad. not great.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Cloudy orange colour with a creamy white foma. Lightly yeasty aroma of metal, biscuit, grass and oranges. Pretty stale flavour of cramel, yeast and alcohol. Medium-bodied. Metallic and a bit yeasty finish of toffee, grass and white bread.
hotstuff (3340) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and caged bottle. Medium sized fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished, transparent orange body with a golden tint, one ring of lacing, and slow rising carbonation. The aroma was caramel, fruity, lightly spicy, and alcohol. The flavor was sweet, lightly bitter, caramel, fruity, some hops, and alcohol. The mouthfeel was lightly tingly, watery and thin. There was a late warming sensation as well. This is a light bodied beer. This beer is thin on texture and has a good balance. It is an okay beer, but not one that I will seek out again.
deanso (3184) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear blond colour. Nice smooth flavour. a great beer from KD
BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber honey pour with thick, poofy, white head that slowly collapses. Thick liquid yeasty nose that is tightly wound and potent with esters and bread crusts. The body is yeasty and citric, sour orange underpinning with light breadiness. Eventually, some caramel malts puncture through the oranginess and prick the palate. A fruit-forward Belgian. Somehow this brew falls a bit short of expectations.
tderoeck (2986) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 6/III/2012 33cl bottle from Mitra (Eindhoven) @ home - BB: XI/12 (2012-218)
Clear amber, light beige, small head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very ripe fruits, a lot of honey, sweet malts, spices, sugary, flowers, dried fruits, some chocolate. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very fruity, overripe fruits, sweet malts, bit vinous, caramel, honey, some banana. Aftertaste: sweet malts, some citrus, honey, slightly bitter ending. Not bad, probably better when very fresh.
gyllenbock (2958) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The color is cloudy amber, with a fairly large foam that settles slowly.
The aroma was mild with malt, yeast, coriander and some fruitiness.
Clearly, I thought the beer would taste more, if only given the alcohol content. Sure, there is a spicy, mostly coriander, yeast and a little citrus flavor. The body is a bit thin.
Countbeer (2852) - Best of Eindhoven ohne Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ KBC’11:
small white head, disappears quick.
Light hazy orange colored beer.
Smell pilsner malts, fruits, pumpkin.
Taste sweets, fruits, bitter malts, hops, light creamy, orange.
Sweet bitter aftertaste.
Soft mouthfeel, low carbo, medium body, light oily texture.