mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 The cork on this one was a lot more compliant than the one for the Icon, which was a relief. Barely any pop on opening though. Clear deep gold-amber, with a solid head but itís pretty thin because thereís not much carbonation to hold it up. Crazily intense perfumey esters dominate - tropical fruit, mango Weis bars, apricot nectar, lime rind, violets, hand soap - with some subtle Xmas cake batter like Brasserie des Rocs and noticeable diacetyl which becomes more apparent with time. Similarly cartoon-like flavour - intensely perfumey and fruity, with thick, sweet malt mostly balanced by perfume and fruit and soft alcohol. Considerable diacetyl flavour. Soapy too, which probably isnít helped by the hand soap esters. Unusually low carbonation really lets the mouthfeel down. The alcohol is handled very well though - noticeable but soft, a bit like Duvel only not as intense. The diacetyl and lack of carbonation really point to a bottle-conditioning issue. I had kept the bottle in ambient (warm) temperatures for about three weeks after buying it though, so thereís really no excuses. Itís still a rather nice beer though - fascinatingly weird in an almost monstrous, cartoon-like way with all those crazy flavours. Intruiging stuff. Guess Iíll be holding onto my other bottle for a while to see if it gets better. Just losing the diacetyl would improve it greatly.
RR: Small bottle. Good on em for making this more available in a better format. Cheap too! No diacetyl here, but just so estery! Just a complete mess of fruit salad - way too much to be enjoyable. Otherwise itís a well-constructed beer.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Pub With No Beer. Pours a pale yellow with a big thick dense white head. Enormous bubble gum sweetness to the aroma. In addition, straw and banana emerge from the heavy esters. The flavor mimics these aromas as well. This is served in a traditional Belgian tulip glass and is completely satisfying after spending a week drinking mass-produced Australian pale lagers. The people at this famous bar were some of the nicest that we met in a country full of incredibly nice people. You must visit this place.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden yellow with large bubbles supporting a small head that left scattered lace. Plenty of caramel bananas in the aroma. On tasting it was initially the same, then a Brondecon hit, then back to bananas on the aftertaste. Quite bitter and tangy, with the bitterness lingering. It was a little bit on the gassy side, and a little bit cloying, but a good beer.