fiulijn (12179) - MalmŲ, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the taproom, 8.7% ABV
With Columbus and Cascade
Beautiful amber color, with creamy persistent head. The aroma is mild, some malt, some manure and sage aroma. It has a good body, smooth mouthfeel, some malt flavor; it was given as made with spruce, but it also has a very strong feeling of sage and some rosemary; correct bitterness.
Iím not in favor for beers brewed with herbs and resins; but itís well brewed although weird. So, itís difficult to drink too much of it.
Crit (3070) - New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold with small lasting beige head.Nose of spruce.Big medicinal spruce profile with lots of hops
Caskalefan (119) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Without question, the most assertively dry and spruce-heavy beer Iíve ever tasted. Makes Alba Scots Pine Ale taste under-flavored.
Beautiful golden/amber color, nice lasting one inch rocky, white head, strong nose of spruce sap and earthy hops that carry over BIGTIME into the flavor. This is, basically, like sucking on a Christmas tree, but with ample malt backing, and a subtly spicy underpinning that compel you to keep coming back for another sip.
The alcohol is relatively restrained, and the extreme dryness makes this feasible as a strong (albeit dangerous)session ale,
Yet another winner from this tiny, wonderful neighborhood gem of a brewery.