Ernest (5869) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium orange-brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread, caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (herbs, apricot), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of raisin and orange peel.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
I like how when Lagunitas makes a Belgian brew (see also #10), they donít muck with tradition too much...thereís no west coast hop stink or overload of spices. Just a nice clean Belgian brown ale with a pleasant attic-like yeast strain. Very good flavor balance...kinda tough to stop drinking. This is a solid performer and delightful to drink, but is admittedly not that exciting or challenging, so I can understand the average score so far. Still, my hat is off to Lagunitas for keeping the reins pretty firm on this one.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. Friend opened a vintage bottle at a tasting, hints of cinnamon, yeasty esters, dry, drinkable, but seemed liek the flavors just didnt make sense together.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitas Brewing Company--"Nuevo Noir Ale-Seasonal Release-Belgian Style Brown Ale-""Say: no-WAY-vo no WAR"""--2005 22 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV--29.5 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Brown--1.076 OG. Foamy lacy head. Clear thin amber brown color. Mild Belgian yeast ester spice hop front. Mild sweet Belgian fruit ester malty body. Lingering Belgian spice mild sweet hop end. Good but Rich Belgian. Sampled 9/4/2005.
Cirrhosis (1143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Donít really got much good to say about this beer, but then again Iím not really a fan of the lagunitas brewís. The beer pours a dark brown and looks deep red when held up to the light, the little bit of head that did appear vanished completely before I could even get the brew to my nose for a smell. The beer smelt slightly chocolatey and nutty and was very week smelling, but I did enjoy it. The taste was very strong and aggressive but was boring with no complexities, chocolate and yeast with and some very noticeable alcohol is about all I notice. The beer also felt thin and some how slimy, I really have no clue how this is possible. I guess itís not really a bad beer, its just nothing special and there are a lot better choices out there for you to drink.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Belmont Station--Poured a deep brown body with a medium whitish head. Dry, citrus bitter, estery nose. Bready dark fruitiness. Not sure what to think of this beer. Not horrible, but very unattenuated and yeasty. Not my thing necessarily.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled April 2007
Notes of toasted chocolate, and browned bread crust greet my nose as I pour this beer. This is quite a bit more aromatic than I was expecting and, without yet inspecting the aroma, seems to even have a lightly funky edge to it. The beer pours with a two-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head and the beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated amber color that is quite pretty to look at in the light. Upon further inspection, the aroma is quite a bit more fruit focused; notes of caramelized raisins and figs are quite prominent. Underneath the fruitiness is that initial note of malt. Really the aroma is quite sticky, and a bit too fruity smelling for me.
Lightly sweet up front, it picks up more sweetness as it moves across the palate. The sweetness makes me think I am drinking something like raisin, or even prune juice. Underneath this fruit character are notes of caramel malts, lightly toasted grain and a browned crusty bread character; This malt character is not really noticeable enough to balance the over the top sweet and fruity notes though.
This beer certainly mimics many Belgian beers, it just happens these are the ones I donít like. They are too sweet and syrupy for me, and they are lacking in the yeast-derived complexity of the truly great Belgian Ales.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i THOUGHT THIS was an awesome version of a brown ale. Dark brown with a reasonable head. Great malt and hop flavors along thje palate. Notes of nuts and caramel.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#975, Bottle at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria. Clear brown (really brown) thin white head that is quickly discipating, nose is weak but salkty and coppery. Almost nutty. Taste copperish, laggerish malty and salty. Hints of nuts and cashews.
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big Bottle- The head is probably the most interesting thing from this beer(Nothing Belgian in this style)Small hints of honey roasted nuts, and a bit of hops with a bitter dry finish to it. Some caramel, and cinnamon characteristics.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet underattenuated and husky notes with some mild dark fruits and candy sugar. Toffee and marzipan are prominent on the palate upfront, with more brown sugar and spice flavors following it up.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a dark orange / copper color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, yeast, spices and very light dark fruits.Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and light spices. On the sweet side (but not cloying).