awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Generously shared by TAR. Cloudy, golden straw colored pour with a large head of rocky white foam. The nose is clean, yet complex, accentuated by a restrained, clean bready malt sweetness, herbal hop bitterness, lemon zest, and mild black pepper spice. Light melon fruits and fleshy pear yeast esters add further enjoyment and complexity. Light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a supple, gentle texture. A clean, bready malt sweetness starts out the flavors before developing some of the interesting light fruity and peppery yeast characters. As it finishes, it develops a mild, drying tartness that transitions beautifully into a dry, bitter hop finish. Light, clean, wonderfully complex, refreshingly drinkable brew.
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle Appearance: Cloudy gold with a thin white head and some lacing. Aroma: Dry malt, dry hops, herbal and floral hops and subtle notes of mint. Flavor: Crisp malt, herbal hops, yeast and a long bitter aftertaste. Pretty dry overall. Palate. Medium to full body with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable.
heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold body with an eggshell white head. The aroma is grassy with some sweat sock funk. I smell a hint of clove with some black pepper. Taste is light honey with some pears and cinnamon. More clove character comes though in the finish. The body is nice and light and this has s clean finish. Nicely made.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with an initially quite frothy, three-finger thick, pale off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my tulip glass & even recedes with some structured peaking to it. As I pour the brew a touch of light struck hop scent reaches my nose, nothing too bad & hopefully it will dissipate. My hope is confirmed when I finally get to exploring the aroma of this brew; it has a solid grassiness to it (influenced by both hop and pale grains), a fruity citrus character (lychee, apricot, candied tangelo peel) and a nice pale grain driven character of biscuits, fresh crushed soda crackers and an appetizing bread-like aroma. This has a really nice appetizing aroma; I really like the mix of the bread-like malt aromatics (the dominant note perhaps), grassy hop / grain notes and the soft, yet persistent super hop fruit character.
Light feeling as it hits the tongue & it has a nice, prickly, slight foamy carbonation to it. Quite dry tasting, but just a touch of sweetness that seems to be accentuated by the fruity hop notes. A nice, substantial pale malt character builds in intensity as it moves towards a dry, biscuit-like / soda cracker grain character that lingers on in the finish. Oh yeah, it is pretty hoppy too. A persistent, mouth coating bitterness is noticeable from the get go & it lingers on into a long, biting finish. While quite dry, some of the fruit / citrus notes characteristic of the American hops definitely still come through; flavors of kumquats, aromatic, dried apricots, piquant Curacao orange zest and tangelo peel are all noticeable. There is also a grassy undercurrent that is accentuated by both the malt and hop usage. The yeast character supplies a light tartness, some esters / phenolics that definitely accentuates the grassy notes in the beer, a sort of cotton-mouth thing ; really this seems like a nice rustic Saison-type yeast here, though at times it can be hard to pick it out.
This beer is very drinkable, the 750ml bottle just seems to be disappearing. I could perhaps wish for a little more yeast complexity, but really the ample hop & great malt character wouldn’t come through nearly as well.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating off a pile of forgotten notes. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Light body, moderate carbonation. Taste is predominated by malt and hops. Crisp finish with an astringent aftertaste.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is fruity, from both hops and yeast. Citrusy, lemony, some spicing. Medium to light body, fairly refreshing. Looked better on paper though.
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy off-white head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Belgian malt with some dry hops taste is dominated by some dry malt base with some floral and grassy hops. Body is pretty full with some average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting take on a very interesting beer (Orval) but I thought it was slightly too dry and missing some funk to be truly great.
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur pain, avec un voile moyen et un mince col qui persiste tou comme l’effervescence.
Parfum houblonné, floral et d’herbe coupée. Rappel beaucoup une bonne IPA, au nez comme au goût. Assez sucrée, avec une amertume musclée.
Bouche ronde et crémeuse.
C’est une excellente bière.
GRM (3121) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière, savoured June 2 2006; eye: straw, hazy, suspended matter, nice compact white head; nose: apple, citrus, yeast, fresh; mouth: sour, a little harsh, pepper from the alcohol, long finale where the pepper dominates, medium body, good carbonation
Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière, savourée le 2 juin 2006; oeil : paille, voilée, petites particules en suspension, belle mousse blanche compacte; nez : pomme, citron, levure, fraîche; bouche : surette, petite aigreur, poivre d’alcool, longue finale où le poivre d’alcool domine, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation
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.