FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a hazy, straw-gold colored body and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale, tan-tinted white head that leaves some lacing patterns on the sides of my tulip glass. The aroma is quite interesting; woody, herbal, sharply grassy, perhaps a touch mint-like and with an almost green leafy note to it. A touch of cracker-like malt character is towards the finish of the aroma, but only if you dig for it. There is some grassy grain character to it up front that sort of feeds into the interesting herbaceous notes. The aroma is quite light and spritzy though, if an aroma can be such.
The beer has a light, clean, pale-malt sweetness to it up front that morphs into a sort of light tartness by the finish. The taste is not nearly as herbaceous as the aroma suggested, but still there is some of that here. Grassy, with a touch of mint and a solid, though still relatively light, bitterness in the finish. Flavors are not over the top, but I get a sense of lemon grass, perhaps some basil at times, and something sharp like pepper or ginger. The carbonation adds some zesty spritz to this beer and in combination with the relatively light body, would make it quite appropriate for a hot summers day.
In this end this is a nice, refreshing beer that did not have the level of character that I was expecting from the label description. It almost seems like an American interpretation of a spiced Saison; the spicing is fairly subtle, and the American portion used a yeast that was a bit too clean. This beer might really shine if brewed with a funky yeast strain that was allowed to run wild. Something about this (really the spicing and grain), makes me think of this as a Belgian Wit derivative.
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thegreenrooster (2971) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a large foamy white head. Aroma is some hops with a citrus. Flavor is weaker than the aroma. I get some berry and some lemon and not much else. I donít know what wormwood taste like so i have no idea if it adds anything to the beer. Finish is again tart but very light. Everything is to light to put this one over the top.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle- color of hazy yellow , with a frothy head - nose of I have no ideal what a goji berry smells like , however it has a crisp wheat nose Ė taste of wheat , hay , dry straw , lemon zest , and citrus hopps - body light , medium carbonation , and acidic Ė aftertaste of sour , and acidic long lasting
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow fizzy brew...eekk gasp. Not really. Very carbonated and lots of little bubbles dancing to the to of the glass. Nose is defiently predominated by fruit, maybe even some grassy citrus. Taste is a two parter, starts of sweet and then post swallow leaves this interesting aftertaste unlike anything I can remember having before in a beer.
Easy to drink, but the aftertaste is a bit unsettling, I donít know what it is, but Iím guessing itís one of those unique ingredients. Cheers to NB for going out and doing something different, and Iíll probably have this one again, but Iím not 100% sure why.
HopHeadinAZ (179) - Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The ingredients were what originally drew me to this brew and Iím always open to try a NB seasonal. It poured a slightly cloudy yellow that surprised me somewhat. The head was one finger deep and bright white.The head dissipated within a few minutes but lacing remained as I consumed this beer. The nose has some slight spice and I would call it pleasant overall. The taste is citrusy with some yeasty notes, although this is seems to be a filtered beer. This beer leaves a light coating on my mouth that I wasnít expecting. I wouldnít consider this one of my favorites but itís a nice surprise.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Iíll say, iím not sure why, but when I saw this new beer on the shelf I got excited, not sure why, and iím really not sure why after I tasted it. Pours hazy straw gold with a soft white head. Nose of bread, spice, and fruit. Flavor is herbal, but mostly just bitter the whole way through. I really didnít find many positives to this brew, the herbs and spices didnít play well, the berries only really added a touch of character in the after taste. Kinda reminds me of drinking soapy water. This beer was just not my thing.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Appearance is a pale yellow body every so slight haze and intense carbonation. Generous, fluffy, white head. Aroma of lemons and champagne with a hint of pine and lemon. Flavor starts with a lemon acidic front, followed by a pale malt backbone, and finishes with a dry wheatiness. The flavor overall is quite complex; this must be the Goji berries, wormwood, and schisandra. These unique ingredients especially effect the finish and aftertaste. Palate velvety and buttery with lively carbonation. Overall my impression of this beer is a light ale, almost lager like, but keeps you interested with a slightly lemony fruit flavor, and complex finish. The mouth feel luxurious and really motivates one to take the next sip.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting beer, made with Goji berries and wormwood and other herbs. Looks and smells a little like a witbier, with a cloudy yellow color and large creamy pure white head. Aroma is lightly citrusy, with notes of lemon, but also a big herbal quality thats difficult to compare anything to. The flavor is less impressive, the herbs are bitter and not entirely pleasant, dominating a fairly weak malt palate. The malt is kolsch like, being lightly bread and bright, but the herbs are just kinda weird. Kudos to NB for trying something new but it doesnít completely work.