Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum. Poured honeyed golden with a huge, fluffy cap of white head.. sticky lacing. The aroma picked up spicy cinnamon, cloves, and white pepper over fruity and honey malts.. a little soapy and floral hop character.. good stuff. The flavor had a very dry base of honey and pale malts.. cloves, coriander, and peppery yeast laced throughout, and they were prickly around the tongue.. moderate-plus cat pee and floral bitterness.. dry, spicy, fairly bitter finish. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. the hops ended up being the most interesting part of the brew.. very good stuff.
badlizard (5158) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Fruity caramel and crisp citrus hops aroma and taste with a nice lively palate.
slitcher (262) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ The Olympic Tavern. Pours a dark amber with some haze with an off-white head. Aromas of citrus, pine and yeast. Flavors of pine and citrus, very easy to drink. This is some great stuff!
BelgBeerGeek (1263) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
head: white, thin
colour: red/orange, hazy
smell: hops, grassy , malts, yeast, oranges
taste: oranges/fruity , hops, malts grassy, bitter, yeast, dry palate, grassy aftertaste , strond dry malty palate ! nice !!
JorisPPattyn (7306) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, stable, cream-coloured head over hazed red-amber beer. Nice C-hops, USA to the fore, some ureum, smelling somehow sticky, if that makes sense. More C-hops, but balanced by some nice cakey sugars. Ends on fruity notes, as nectarine and grapefruit. Spritzy, to near-fizzy, and yet full-bodied, yet the texture seems light. Superb beer, very much in the American style, and I can find very litte witbier character, here.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Dark hazy golden color, thick off white head, massive lacing. Aroma of Christmas tree - orange, pine, light spice. Taste is bitter start to finish with more orange peel. Nice stuff.
Scopey (3243) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum bottle at Cask and Kitchen, Pimlico. Pours a slighty cloud deep orange-amber colour with large foamy head. Nose; citrus hops, yeasty, pine, grass. Taste; soft mouthfeel, decent carbonation, tangy, tangerine, floral, grass, suprisingly light for a xmas beer, but very enjoyable.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. Very heavy on the pine and citrus hops. Very fresh hop flavor and lightly sweet. A small hint of alcohol, some spices, and fruit in the finish. Not the typical winter seasonal.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnum. Aroma is faintly yeasty with some presence of hops. Pours a really beautiful hazy orange/amber color. HUGE creamy head. Taste is primarily dry with some strong yeast finish. A lot of bitter hop.
mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[3419-20101002] 1qt1pt2.7floz bottle. Light alcoholic grains aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Tasty citrus hops flavour has bitter lemon pips and tangerine. Medium-full body. Drinkable.
Overheard: "The hops are friendly."
(c/o Sammy, w/ him, jerc, Radek)