GarrettB (1239) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 12th, 2013 - This is one of those brews that seems like it might be a meal in a glass. But New Belgium keeps the flavors from becoming liquid food. Instead, it’s an example of how non-traditional tastes can push boundaries aggressively, and spicily. The base of the aroma is like a hefeweizen, but a Japanese curry accent: ginger, brown sugar and...more ginger. I don’t taste the coconut, but I do get plenty of that sweet, sugary Japanese curry. Like the aroma, the taste begins with a light hefeweizen touch, and then the curry kicks in. And THEN it kicks in the door, all the way to the aftertaste. The coconut begins to glow in the aftertaste once the brown sugar sweetness disappears. And there’s almost a flavor like chicken, or at least, my brain is substituting in chicken to make the flavor make sense. Lemongrass makes a brief appearance too. All of these curious flavors are almost cloying, but stop just short of that, making this bold brewing adventure a real success, and a drinkable curiosity.
DCLawyer (1882) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Backlog. Taster at RFD. I hate this beer. It is an experiment gone wrong. To be fair, it never really had a chance with me, as I don’t like hefeweizens or putting a ton of spices in beer. That said, it is even worse than I anticipated. Combining all the banana wrongness of a hefe with a spicebomb mess is just a recipe for awful, and in that they succeeded. Read the flavor description, throw up a little in your mouth, and there you go.
dnstone (2370) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is like coconut and curry spice (surprise) with heff spiced undertones. Smooth bodied with over-done spiced coconut, pepper taste. Golden in color with strong white head. I understand the experiment, which is fun, just doesn’t make for a good beer.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Pours a milky yellow color. Extremely cloudy pour with a large head of dense head. Aromas of curry powder, cinnamon, vanilla and hot peppers. Curry flavor is more subdued. Coconut flakes, ginger, banana, vanilla, nutmeg and citrus flavors. A lot going on here. Good body. Creamy texture. Tasting notes from 8/2014.
macoidh (8) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoy any attempt at new and interesting flavors. This is one of only two beers that I know of that uses curry. And this one uses it well.
Aroma - very mild
Head - standard to good
Taste - a nice mild curry, the curry mostlymasks the hef wheat taste
Appearance - standard hef with small white chunks (coconut perhaps)
kambei70 (795) - - DEC 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold with a whitehead. I get some strong curry notes as well as some wheat, lime, cinnamon, pepper and coconut. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
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jkwood04 (4829) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
22oz bottle in a stem glass. Pours hazy golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of spices and ginger and weirdness, some light banana notes, light malts and wheat. Flavor the same, mainly the weirdness and ginger. Average texture. Not good.
slowrunner77 (7283) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"The other spices definitely take a back seat to the coconut and curry. More heat and this could be a wheat version of the stout Indra Kunindra. Absolutely loved the aftertaste. 8% doesn’t show at all except as a bigger body than most wheats. Really nice change of direction. If you dig curry, you’ll like this."
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle: Super hazy, dim yellow body with floating sediment all around; foamy white head is reduced instantly to a thin ring. Looks like chunks of coconut in my glass... Dafuq. Aroma of coconut suntan lotion & plastic. Weird off-putting smell. Light spices, maybe, but they are all indiscernible. Very, very faint banana taffy under the plastic. Taste is spiced curry, coconut milk, ginger, with a huge medicinal off-tone. Staunch yeasty flavor, but not the lovely hefe yeast like you’d expect. Phenolic & gross. This beer sucks ass.
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brews Brothers in Middleton, WI - Pours hazy golden with a filmy white head. Nose is ginger and clove with a light wheat base. Taste is lots of maple syrup, clove, ginger, and light malt. It’s really spicy, but it’s pretty tasty. Too much maple syrup, and no hefe notes at all.