JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy gold pour with a thick white head. Malty and estery nose with bitter grassy hop notes and some white wine character. Winey flavor before banana Belgian esters take over, then grassy hops show up for a bit before a boozy finish. Interesting beer, but nowhere near worth the asking price.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. pours a nice murky golden color. nice aroma but nothing that stood out as a big IPA. interesting taste of citrusy hops and slightly sour on the finish. I’m told this is from the chard barrel aging. Good beer but hard to justify the price tag.
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice blend of cherry, apple, and pear aromas. Cloudy amber, little head. Flavor is triple sec up front with oak and maraschino cherry notes also present. There is also an impression of brett, but my glass may have just needed a rinse. This is a big beer with quite a bit of heat. Tasty, but I’m beginning to tire of these big sorts of beers and wouldn’t want more than one.
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy bitter aroma with weak yeasty hints. Fruity malty hoppy yeasty barrel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish with hints of wood in the aftertaste.
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
They do indeed have this on tap very rarely. Ridiculously expensive 4 oz pour. It is pretty tasty, notes of wine, oak, yeasty spice, and a hint of hops.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poor is hazy yellow with small head. Aroma is tart lemon rind with honey taste is kind all over the place a little tart up front. Then vanilla and white pepper followed by oak leather and finish is slightly bitter good beer. Thx tally beer.
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/5/11. 750mL bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Very cloudy orangeish pour with a small off-white head. Complex aroma with oak, sour, vanilla, wine, and more... awesome flavor that contains big oak, vanilla, a touch of sour, hops, wine, and more. Ths is good shit!
illidurit (2113) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a hazy brass color with a light-tan head. Aroma is pretty much pure chardonnay, not getting a lot of IPA or even beer character out of it. Big apple/pear, perfume and alcohol. Flavor is buttery oak up front, then a winey fruitiness, some round esters and yeastiness and a tannic, bitter finish. Comes together pretty nicely but it’s not very recognizable as an IPA of any sort.
Ungstrup (29019) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of hops and grapefruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of lemon, malt, grapefruit, and alcohol, leading to a dry finish.
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: Topical fruits, white wine barrels, rustic dank cellar and a ton of grapefruity/lemony hops. Excellent and unique.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed one month after purchase but this kind of fancy pricey bottle may have been sitting there for 6 months.
The look: Cloudy golden blonde body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: Nose has plenty of white wine barrels, tropical fruits, freshly cut grass. Overall there was something about the aroma that I would describe as “dank cellar” that gave the beer aroma a bit of a rustic semi-wild edge. Very intriguing aroma. Taste is an original mix of white wine barrel aged blonde Belgian ale with a whole lot of high-alpha-acid grapefruity and lemony American hops. The wine barrels were perfectly integrated and didn’t grab all the palate attention, plenty of pineapples and other tropical fruits as well as some yellow not-too-ripe bananas. Also some countryside flowers. The biting bitter grapefruity/lemony hops were almost overwhelming and reminded me of the Port Brewing Mongo that I had the a few days before. This is a great original beer. The only problem with this beer is the price, but I bought a bottle anyway because I treat each day as if it was my only day on earth. Just in case I woke up a mayfly and I didn’t realize.