Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cracked open at MrFacto’s ’Tosa tasting, brought by JPDIPSO. Cloudy orange body, medium off-white head. Nice perfumey aroma with herbs, flower petals, and plenty of spice, combining for a sort of potpourri-in-a-bottle effect. The flavor wasn’t quite as compelling, with sweet honey, rotting fruit and white grape juice balanced by spices (pepper), flower petals, and a touch of honey. Yeasty with a crackery finish. The aroma was the best part of this solid beer.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy gold/yhellow. Aroma is bannana, apples and fruit snacks. FLavor is astringent, bananas and lemons. Thanks to JpDipso for this one!
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium golden, nice lacing. Ripe melon aroma, screaming bastogne yeast. Touch of grass. Sweet smelling, estery. Mellow flavor, more esters. Sweet, but not too thick on the tongue. Flavor is a touch disappointing compared to the attractive aroma, but quite nice.
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow/golden with frothy head. Light spices, pepper, perhaps nutmeg. Not super-frothy palate, but a lively aroma and fairly easy drinking. A winner. (2004 Christmas Party, my #2, group’s #1)
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Abbey Triple pours large frothy head, beneath amber ale .Aroma: Rather sweet, some aromatic hopps, and some dark spice. Medium thick, plenty of yeasty feel sweet malts.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of yeast, pear and malt, cloudy apricot, with a tiny white head. Flavour is mostly candied malt, medium bodied. Pretty good.
Thanks IPFreely for bringing this!
jazz88 (2576) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Golden color with a white foamy head. Candy, bubblegum, pepper, banana and spices. A nice surprise. Christmas Party 2004 ranked 3/15 (mine) and 1/15 (group).
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My ability to take detailed notes was pretty much gone by this point in the evening. All I have for this one is "hazy golden colour, nice Belgian ale". [Toronto Christmas Party ’04]
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Another cloudy, golden yellow colored beer, quite pleasing, with a pleasant aroma of sugar, herbs, citrus, and honey, flavor is semi-sweet, with some lemon and yeast tones. finished slightly bitter
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy pale gold w/ white head. Yeasty, fruity, peppery aroma. Soft, chewy feel. Flavour is yeasty & malty w/ notes of vanilla, citrus, & spice.