DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt, fruit and bread aromas. Copper, small custard head. Quite a bitter start, very malty. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Really fine!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark honey colored, pours with a frothy head. Yeasty, spicy aroma, maybe of nutmeg and (slight) clove. More sweet than I was expecting. Enjoyable brew.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with an amber body with orange accents topped by a medium thick off white fizzy lasting head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and decadent with notes of malt, orange peel, flowers and alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with a good bitter balance and notes of orange, licorice, alcohol and hops. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied with plenty of tingling from the carbonation and a slight warming sensation.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of nice scum all over the bottle cap. No cork. This looks almost scary -- lots of rust and gunk all over it. I'm decanting so as not to stir up much yeast and it pours a clean, clear browning copper. Not much yeast in the nose on the first glass -- mostly carmels. Subsequent glasses add more yeast, and I get hints of pear, lemon, creamyness, waxy crayon, pepper, dust. The more yeast the better. Love the spritzy but creamy feel -- much like a good DuPont but more brutal. Not nearly as refined as other BdGs but exciting and curious for it. I love the biere de garde style. Thanks a bunch and big congrats to Hey_Kevin -- I'm having this to salute his new baby. CHEERS!
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a deep golden/orangeish color with a huge frothy head. very lively carbonation. aroma and flavor reminds me of grape with woody and metallic notes. also detected a hint of brown sugar.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with a medium-tan head. Big bubbles. Sweet malty caramel flavors. A grassy, bitter, dry hoppiness to the finish. Excellent.
Eirikur (350) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUN 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice Orange colour, beautiful head, vanishing in about 5 minutes. I didnt really like that beer, it is very hoppy and reminded me of tuppers hop pocket ale.
haukur (1124) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2003 looked real good when poured into the glass, a weak aroma to begin with but half in the glass it smells really nice. VERY hoppy beer, nice fruity taste, a bit sour, cant wait to try some other beers in this style... I´ll buy this again, that´s for sure
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a long lasting frothy head. It has lots of carbonation, but uncharacteristically, add to the drinking experience, rather than distracting from it. It has a slightly thick feel on the tongue with a subtle sweetness. The aroma has a touch of apple in it. In my opinion, this beer has a lot of small & subtle tastes & smells that add up to a very nice beer.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 Aroma bears a vague, sweet fruity character with perhaps some pear and caramel, slight vanilla, yeast, a very green aspect - almost like hay, a light but definite spiciness and very faint wafts of alcohol. Medium, deep copper color, with a lasting, fine head and very delicate lacing. Nicely balanced flavor profile, with some muscat grape notes, a very faintly toffeeish sweetness, some slight melon and nut, along with leafy, green, fresh, spicy European hops. Medium bodied and with a silky smooth palate. Understated and intriguing. Surprisingly and pleasantly intoxicating as well! An exercise in subtlety.