hawthorne00 (3361) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Bottle, 6C. Hazy yellow with a few clumps and a small but well-retained white head. Aroma of guava and plenty of the barnyard, some puke and rotting flesh. Quite confronting - the sort of smell tropical fruits or washed rind cheeses have that you might decide you don’t mind after you’ve dared to taste them. Taste is tart and dry with a strong wheaty tang. There’s some fruit lurking underneath too, but I don’t know that I would have picked it as guava. Highish carbonation in a light body with some kefir-like mouthfeel. Refreshing. Unlike the watermelon one, this is out there. [3.6]
Hazy yellow with a large white head that lasts and leaves sheets of lacing in La Trappe glass. Aroma is not confronting like before, separating into clear fruit and sour wheat/ lemon/ vanilla. Creamy and slippery mouthfeel. Very dry at the end with moderate tartness that lingers.
ALLOVATE (2840) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Chilled and into a Saison glass. An eggy, boiled cabbage fart is released once the cap comes off that blasts a potent mix around the room that got the attention of my Maltese lounged a few metres away. This doesn’t wane; it is vegetal, edged by a rotting guava flesh note that doesn’t sit well. Pour’s a cloudy, pastel hued, sandy gold with a diminishing, compact white crown. Candyish, lemon sherbet start, gammy and drawing from there on in with a lot of rancid guava fruit, straw-like, pasty wheat and yeast, and lactic acid in the swallow like souring milk. The eggy, vegie fart of the aroma is penetrating. Leaves a film on the tongue that a cup of hot tea could barely remove. This is not good at all, and I was so looking forward to tasting it, Guava beer, hmmm!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)