bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Musty, bready, yeasty, dark fruity, floral aromas. Seriously. Near mahogany color with small particles and a fair, creamy beige head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt, with floral hop and a lot of mysterious things. Very smooth. Finish is well balanced, and not very sweet. It’s just delicious. It’s really, really excellent. Brilliant, even.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle] Poured caramel apple brown with a smallish off white head. Aroma is sweet with candi sugar, and some floral hops. Flavor is fairly sweet with some bready yeast. Medium-light mouthfeel. Very good stuff.
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
more of a saison than a Belgian strong, it doesn’t have enough alcohol to be the latter, and has spices and yeast like the former. Yeast aroma. Sweet flavor with some malt, grass, and wildflowers. I enjoyed this quite a bit.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Belgian yeast on the aroma with a light spice. More belgian yeast and spices in the body but a little cardboard. Copper colored with almost no head.
Stine (1465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Murky, rusty hued pour. Aroma of sour cherry, rotten banana, and pleasant aromatic florals. Wild and outdoorsy, with funky compost and old pineapple in the background. Spicy, soft flavor gives a rich canvas of brown spice over which layers of saison-like flavors of honey, wildflowers, pine, and cotton candy mingle and settle; deep yeasts lend a lot of dusty, rich, old character. Sprightly and festive. Mineral effects noticeable throughout. Smooth, medium to full body, which is very fruity but never sugary, and quite lively. A lovely Christmas ale for a subtle balance of complexity and refreshment; for winter or summer, awesome.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color with no head. Light yeasty aroma. Noble hop taste. Some malt and a slightly bitter finish. Almost like a strong, slightly yeasty Pils.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber pour with a thin off white head. Nose is interesting, with a sweet hoppiness to it. Flavor is clean and bitter from the hop influence with a touch of dried frui. Interesting beer.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9th Beer of Belgian Fest 08 at PP Carlsbad. Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and yeasty. Taste is sweet and malty and overall a little dead.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Muddy burgundy with a copper hue and a cream colored head. The aroma has some soft cocoa and dark malt notes followed by some plummy fruitiness, and almond like hint, and some twiggy earthiness. Has an elegant aroma. The flavor has a hint of alcohol, but it’s mild and peppery. Grainy dark malts and cocoa come through with some very subtle plum hints. It has some mild earthy/nutty hints along with a very light tartness as it warms. The finish has a unique, chalky bitterness. An interesting and unique Ale.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bitter Virtue. Spicy dark fruit aromas amidst a sweet rich caramelised body. Nice enough but not really my thing - my least favourite of the Rulles beers I’ve tried.