hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Clear yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is fruity, yeasty and spicy - pear, apricot, clove and white bread. Medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor leans spicy and sweet, but there is a small measure of unobtrusive, minerally bitterness that prevents cloying. Nice pear and apricot components. Crisp, spicy, clove finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light gold pour with large white head that never leaves. Belgian yeast and slight fruit aroma. Banana and peppery taste
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Richmond 19th, thanks Drake! Slight honey aroma, bit of alcohol. Flavor is a match, touch of tartness, bit of spice. Not bad, a touch hot. Alcohol heat a bit out of place in a saison, but not a bad beer.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a smaller white head. Smell is a bit funky yeast, spicy, fruits, cracker. Taste is sweet fruity esters, banana, spice, little citrus, doughy yeast, earthy hops. There is a lingering spice. Medium body with pretty dry finish. Pretty good but not up to where I’d hope it to be.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from akurzinski - thanks, Adam! Nice bright orange pour, a soft glow and a fast-fading carbonation. Not even much lacing, just a few thin bubbles left on the surface. Body is much fuller, palate fairly lively. But the taste is a bit indistinct, with hints of apple juice, yeast and spice and a dose of dry hops. Enjoyable, competent, but not quite up to NG’s high standards I think.
Butters (4033) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering 19. Pours a light hazy straw with ring of white. Kind of a dusty, light peppery, sweet, musty, old lemon zest. Not all that impressed honestly. Meh
obguthr (5422) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overripe lemon nose, hot. Cloudy yellow, fine floaties, thin head. Lemongrass, crackers. Pretty nice, but rather hot, especially for the style.
tia (1633) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RG 19. Bottle. Orange golden with dissipating head. Smells spicy and lightly bubble gummy. Dry and clean. Nice.
HopTsing (545) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle poured a cloudy yellow brew with a light yellow head. Nice aromas of banana, bubble gum. Medium bodied with adry malt flavor.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle brought back by a friend and shared at the 19th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Thanks PJ! Pours a hazy straw color with a large fizzy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bread, citrus, spice, caramel, herbal hops, tropical fruits. The taste is tart citrus, bread, herbal hops, spicy finish. Medium bodied, lingering spice, faint heat. Nice beer.