iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: lively pour. Coppery, strawberry blonde, with a fluffy, starched white head.
Apple skin aroma with a slightly metallic undertones. Flowery, almost perfumed, notes surround a caramel malt sweetness. Pulpy, fresh cider flavour, initially a fruity sweetness (much better for me than a sugary sweetness)Öcinnamon wisps and green apples dance in a very balanced harmony and give way in the end to a lush malt backbone. Nice carbonation reminds me that this isnít just apple juice and overall I was impressed by my first apple beerÖ
Thanks a bunch Santa...Eyedrinkale
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great! Facto provision number 2 - thanks!! Cinnamon and many different types of apple flavors abound - tart and sweet, quite leafy and twiggy, incredibly natural and authentic tasting. Looked absolutely beautiful, kept carbonation so perfectly, but what I really loved is the sheer number of separable apple types that must be in here. They all seem to swim throughout the flavor profile. Very good.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep orange robe, almost clear. Diminishing beige head. Direct apple compote nose overwhelms the senses. Shredded apple flesh thrown up the nostrils in a sweet fashion. Riped delicious (the brand) apple crustade, pie crust. Nice warming medium body, very comfortable, low carbonation. This is definitely interesting, but not in the leagues of the raspberry tart for instance. Maybe Iím just more of a raspberry guy, but this seems sweet and simple, which Iím aware the other one is also, but it fails to take on me and surpass futile concepts like caring about the complexity rather than overall enjoyment. Here, rather than smelling like a fresh harvest, it appears a bit oldish (which it sure isnít). I fear this wonít age well at all, but Iím very glad to have sampled it. Cheers Barry!
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Heart-warming and tongue-moistening sweet and tart apple pie perfume and flavors...Less decadent than its Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart counterparts though, the apples fade into a smooth aftertaste, avoiding a cloying stickiness...Soft prickling helps the dessert functions but also makes it easier for us to see that this is not up to their 2 other fruit beersí standards...Nutmeg adds to the pie character, yet this is as juicy and drinkable as apple cider...Itís not saying much, but this is probably the best apple beer Iíve ever had...
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 12 oz bottle. hazy orange, red body. white head. aroma of apples, heavy sugar, and sweet breads...flavor of sparkling apple juice, heavy vanilla and frosting..very sweet and desert-like..a bit too sweet, and not as crisp and natural as it used to be
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to jsquire for bringing this one to our Fort Wayne Tasting last Friday night. Small fizzy off-white head with sparse lacing, transparent, orange copper hue, and fast rising carbonation. Aroma was malty, caramel, sweet, and yes, apples! Flavor was sweet, acidic, tart, sour, malty, caramel, and apples. Tingly mouthfeel.
TheBeerGod (5231) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Acquired in a trade with joeybgood. Thanks Joe! Copper colored with a small tan head.Aroma is wonderful! Mild apple, light spice (cinnamon), and maybe raw sugar. Taste is strong apple but mostly sweet than sour. Light sugary notes and spice. Body is light and very refreshing. Finsihes with more apple and spices. Some sucrose as well. Great beer!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice apple cider color. Head is off-white and medium lived. Moderate lacing. Smells like apple cider. Bright, fresh apple flavor. A little tart and then sweetness at the finish. Strange mix, but I liked this.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another New Glarus beer provided by Matt (MrFacto)! Much in line with their other fruit beers, this has a champagney quality that enhances the sweet, full apple flavors and brown sugar. Quite vinous in the aftertaste. One part cider, one part champagne, one part beer. Misses the sharp acidic bite of their Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red (due to the nature of the fruit being used) which places this slightly below those beers on the ratings list. Glad I got a chance to try this one!
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a transparent read with a thin head. Aroma of cider, malt, caramel, and a slight pie spice. Flavor is of cider, malt, caramel, and spice. Excellent fresh crisp taste. A little sweet near the end but excellent none the less.