Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg. Fantastic golden with little white head. Obviously citric, due to Yakima’s hops, grapefruity, balanced with a light bready note. Peculiar yeasty and bit spicy. Definitely one of the most refreshing beers i’ve ever had. Balancing is a goal achieved by this brilliant brewery indeed.
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from State Line. Turbid dull gold pour with 2-finger off-white head. Citric aroma, with bready pale malt, spicy florals, and some cobwebby yeast. Tasted bready pale malty, with yeast notes, and some spicy florals. Stayed rather dry, but the flavors never seemed to get exciting and the whole beer seemed somewhat blase, even while playing Hit Me With Your Best Shot on Guitar Hero 3.
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy orange with a small, frothy, white head, diminishing with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (barnyard, earth) with notes of green apples. Light bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Served in my NB snifter. Really complex aromas of light earthines and barnyard, citrus and floral. Hazy gold color with visible sediment. Taste is sweet malt, black pepper, citrus & spice. Very gentle taste, despite the complex flavors. Nice mouthfeel. Very refreshing.
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF post party. The beer pours to a really murky pale yellow body with a thin white head. The aroma is very floral, perfume, sweet grains, and nice basement biere de garde like. The flavor is dry, yeasty, basement, floral perfume. The palate is dry, light, refreshing, bitter, and very nice for a lighter beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Hazy pale body with a small white head. The nose cookie dough, spicy herbal hops and light golden fruits. The flavor is bread, honey, cloves, peach and floral hops. Medium body is very soft with moderate carbonation.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very pale and cloudy with a small white head. Very thin on the palate, dry, but lower carbonation, so the crispness lacked a bit and it was as estery as I hoped. Yeast character gave an interesting earthy mustiness/leathery quality to it, which now that I read the description I find in Orval as well. The hops felt like they overpowered the beer a bit since it was so thin and flat on the palate. I’d like a bit more carbonation.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was spicy and citrusy with a nice caramel complement and a bready character. Citrus and spice worked very well together in an orange and pepper collusion. The beer poured with a very light haze and a persistent white frothy head. The flavor was light with citrus being a bit earthy and muted and with a decent level of bitterness. The flavor was muted caramel and light pepper character. The earthiness was well done and the pepper added another dimension to the flavor that was nice. The finish was dry with lasting pepper and light caramel into the aftertaste. No alcohol presence at all. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a crispness on the palate. A nice refreshing brew, not overly complex, but certainly not boring. 750 ml bottle. $7.99 at State Line in MD.
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, Juicy Fruit gum, honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Lots to like about this one. Fresh, bright lemony-flowery nose, excellent flavor balance (very dry, with just enough malt to keep it from being stark and thin), fluffy mouth-filling texture. It positively dances on the tongue. I can hardly stop quaffing the damned thing to rate it. This is quite saison-like to me, but no matter what you call it, this is an awesome beer.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 750mL bottle freshly imported in to the States, drunk all to myself on 9/26/07
Gently-hazed, perfectly bottle conditioned appearance, with a lemon-lime tinted golden body and a large, rocky, white head that shows plentiful lacing.
Wonderfully invigorating and refreshing hops in the nose still leave room to catch the clean, but very aromatic Orval yeast esters. The hops burst all over the nose, some shooting straight up the sinuses in a perky citric fashion (tangerines, mainly), and others supporting the aroma in a more juicy, lush way (peaches, pears, nectarines). Ample bitterness, as well, but it’s not too much, of course. And of course, the malt...It backs the hops well, adding fair amounts of telltale pils malt honey and vanilla notes, but allows itself to be lessened in importance by the aforementioned bitterness and additional peppery hop notes. High strength, very lasting. No flaws, of course.
The flavor dosent disappoint, in the least, with a stronger showing from the malt, leaving some sticky honey and cookie suggestions to be (mostly) dispersed by grassy and fruity hop notes (tangerine, apple, lilac, lemon zest). Very supple malt body, with tight, engaging carbonation. Some light cracker-like malt notes interrupt the softness of the texture, and on the end, some excess honey sweetness seems to build up ever so slightly along with lots of grassiness. Minor, minor complaints and had I not had a near perfect bottle of Taras Boulba the next night, I would have hardly said a word. Still world class, but I prefer the bone-dryness and singular peppery hop character of Taras to this one, which might have a touch of excess hop bitterness on account of its use of American hops.
A side-by-side with Taras is, of course, in order.