Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks like your typical wit. Body is spritzy, light, effervescent and a little cobwebby. Wheaty malts. Tea-like spices with hints of citrusy fruit. Balanced bitterness. Kind of refreshing, albeit a little cloying. Another new light offering from NB.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque dull yellow with a thin head. Very yeasty earthy funky aroma with some citrus. This description seems inadquate though and the smells are unique to any beer I’ve had. Tart and yeasty, spicy and earthy. Quite bitter. The bitterness is unpleasant to me. I wonder if some of it comes from the herbs. Lemony notes come out as it warms. Interesting but not great.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 2008
Much nicer than last years, I guess the goji berries are what i did not like.
This beer is extremely difficult to rate, and even then the rating might not be an accurate reflection of the beer at all. The aroma is quite funky with strong yeast notes and some citrus in the nose. It pours a hazy urine-yellow color with no head to speak of. It’s surprisingly full bodied and tastes similar to the trippel with less spiciness and a little bit of kick mostly added by the unique addition of goji berries, oats, and wormwood. This beer should definately be tried if not just for its shear inventiveness. I’d be surprised to see this beer next spring without some sort of revisions, but New Belgium should be applauded none the less.
legion242 (2070) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very odd this one is. Nice sharp bubbles on the tongue. With all of the elements they claim to have put in here, they seem to cancel each other out.
Reid (1717) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Ale brewed with Wormwood,Goji berries and Schisandra"
Well should be intresting as I have no earthly idea what these things taste like!
Well the appearance is rather limp. Pale yellow with a frothy white head.
Aroma is more livelly , with some ginger aspects, citric in character, and some fruity tones.
Very balanced and unexpectedly "thick" flavours ,given the appearance.
I suppose the oats lend to the slickness, and the herbs certainlly leave a strange medicinal/bitter flavour underneath. Weak hopping, though they do show up in the after taste.
Rather odd and full on the palte, low carbonation.
A rather strange beer, but I liked it. Quite drinkable.
Actually reminded me a bit of "Mateveza" by Butte Creek, it was brewed with mate yerba.
zombywoof (440) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong aroma of ginger, lemongrass and mint. Cereal and spice with a subtle hop presence that works well with this beer.
It has a creamy texture and brisk carbonation with a trace of lingering hop oil. It’ll make a good tailgate baseball beer out at Kauffman Stadium.
zachh (23) - USA - FEB 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had heard a lot of buzz about this beer since it’s a seasonal and all. It pours very cloudy yellow. It’s very similar to a cloudy Wit. The head is initially very large and then after a lot of sips it goes down to a thin rim. The taste is very interesting. The Chinese herbs are definitely apparent and give it a spicy texture. It leaves with a typical bitter taste and is a pretty good beer overall. I wouldn’t get it regularly, but it is fun to try.
greatbratzkie (7) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light colored, light bodied with citrus and slight berry scent and taste. Very refreshing and an overall flavorful brew.
IndianaRed (2035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a slightly hazy extremely light oranginsh yellow. Decent sized lively off-white head. Lots of light fruity malts. Slightly citrusy, and maybe of honey. Flavor was light and lagerish, but some nice slighty spiciness. A soft wheat like mellow malt flavor comes through and for a moment makes you think, american wheat. A bit of citrusy hops in the trailer. Light bodied, but not watery or thin. Nice unfiltered feel and creamy.
A tasty lightweight, I’d say.
JohnnyJ (3886) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance is clear straw gold with white head and some suprisingly good lacing. Aroma of lemon, floral spices, grass, and strange fruity herb. Flavor is dry and fruity with lemon grass, pepper, hay, and grain. Interesting beer, but it just doesnt seem to work.