Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I certainly got the tip of the hat to Orval mentioned n the description. Blond, with a big fluffy head. Funky, musty and a little bit fruity aroma. Nicely crisp and quenching, but subtley complex with floral, dry white wine and other musty, earthy notes. Tasty and very enjoyable.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: bit cloudy with straw and hay-ish tints. White head lingers as a thin head with an equally thin collar. Swirls with a lovely layer of lace.
Nose: floral; the greenhouse is abloom and I am enjoying it. Citrus skins and pith before taking a dive down to the tropics with pineapple, cantaloupe, and coconut, fresh of course. Lavender petals, dried, along with wind-blown esters of pollen. Green grass blades. In the back and underneath are faint wisps of new leather, brushed, and cut wood, white.
Palate: a sip…beautiful. Kiss of spice in the back while flowers linger long in my breath. Bright refreshing finish ripe with citrus. The spice and flowers intermingle for quite the brilliant pairing, grabbing onto the back of my tongue and never letting go. In that back zing is also where I find cut wood and brushed leather. Dandelions and lavender bloom while their stems and leaves add greenness. Pineapples and cantaloupes hit the juicer. Love how the breath lasts seemingly forever, a constant ebb and flow of floral, tropical, spice, and earth.
Final Thoughts: I grew up in the middle of citrus groves and spent countless hours of my childhood playing outside amidst all the aromas and esters of nature. It’s not every day a beer can capture that moment of childhood while at the same time retain an adult sophistication which bespeaks of lazy afternoons in the flower gardens, book in hand, and time to waste. Beautiful.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Floral, with spicy notes and some wheat in the background. Clean, soft wheat flavors. Smooth and nicely musky. Wheat and more tangy musk on the finish.
deyholla (5370) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a near clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has citrus, particularly lemon, with floral and spice notes as well as a bit of yeast. Flavor is full of yeast with a light lemon note and floral notes as well.
billk (352) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, hazy yellow, thin, sparse white head. Aroma is lemon, dried lemon, spicy wood (like teak) Belgian yeast, mild malt. Flavor is woody, herbal, just into medium bodied, a touch of tart fruit, honey is a good descriptor but minimally sweet. Mostly dry with a nice nippy finish.
Just a bit thin/tinny, but quite good. Would have liked more if it had more sour going on.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle -
Aroma - huge blast of honey sweetness, grassy, spicy, with a strong citrus note.
Appearance - cloudy gold body, creamy 2" white head
Taste - insanely spicy, earthy, slightly horsey/funkified with some wet-leaves kinda flavor. Strange but good.
Palate - medium carbonation, prickly on the palate and finish
Overall - a great suprise from New Belgium. The Lips of Faith series has been pretty impressive so far.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is all flowers and Brett. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Healthily hopped with a light bitter finish. Pretty good.
unclemike (2065) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear but vibrant glowing yellow with a thin white froth. Nice bright lemony aroma, decent amount of brett, light crisp sweetness, delicate and balanced. Flavor follows but is too light and watery, still very delicate and tasty, lemon grass, finishes bitter with lingering dandelion greens, the brett notes is really nicely balanced, lightly chalky. Medium/light bodied, a bit watery, soft fizzy carbonation.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the New Belgium Brew Pub at Denver International Airport. Poured a hazy yellow color with an OK sized head. Aroma was an interesting mix of random spices, lemon zest, and honey. Flavor was much of the same thing, with some honey, malt, and a flowery presence. Not bad, but not what I expected.
nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle pours a translucent, yellow gold with a thin, cloudy white head. Nose is floral, perfume, grass. Flavor is sweet, malty, sugary, hay, flower petals, light honey. Thin, watery finish.