PorterPounder (5360) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at the brewpub in Austin - special cask ale tapping. Pours a murky dark orange to a light brown with a generous off-white, frothy head with thick lacing. Aroma has some sweet cotton candy notes with a slight yeasty back end. Flavor has some sweet bubblegum notes with a trace of mint, raisins and dates - a whole lot of flavor packed into a beer with a low ABV. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. A most excellent Belgian - my hats off to the crew that helped brew this one.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught - from cask. Cloudy orange-brown with medium head. The aroma is yeasty and fruity. The flavor is sweet with some peach and kiwi flavors and a significant amount of bitterness. The balance between the fruitiness, bitterness and yeast is quite pleasing. Plus it goes down easy! Overall a very tasty brew.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is transparent light brown with a nice tan head...pepper, corriander, and citrus aroma...great mouthfeel...lots of sweet vanilla and citrus with a nice balance of spiced vegetable and earth flavors...for a low gravity beer his has a lot of depth...
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, dark, ruby amber color. The aroma picks up some definite fruity notes as soon as I pour this beer. A light tart sourness is evident in the aroma up front, it joins some fruity notes that when coupled remind me of tart plums. A sort of musty, earthy, almost woody aromatic note is here as well and helps to balance out the fruit notes. Notes of raisins and toasted malt round out the malt character. The aroma is quite interesting, not all that spicy, but rich and satisfying like a dark Belgian ale should be. As it warms some spicy notes become a bit more evident, though still subtle; I get notes of pepper and a bit of clove.
The beer is fairly well carbonated, it dances across the tongue just a bit. The finish is tart and, combined with the carbonation, gives this beer a bit of a zing. The beer is quite light on the palate, and quite easy drinking. It has a certain richness to it that makes this just a bit contemplative and certainly adds to the complexity. Notes of tart, yet sweet, plums mix with notes of raisins, hints of figs, perhaps a touch of tamarind, jam-like berry notes, and some spicy notes of clove. This is quite tasty, and I really like that this beer is only 5.5% alcohol, yet still has ample complexity and flavor notes to keep things interesting. This is a fabulously well made, lower alcohol, Belgian styled brew that I wish more American brewers could make well.
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of Jasonmech77. Poured a medium and cloudy amberish brown color with small sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, lightly fruity, leather, wood and musty. Tastes of yeast, sour cherries, funky and toasted malts. Had a light tart and sour finish. Different and interesting (I kinda of liked it).
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of walt. Suprisingly good. Like many of the Jolly Pumpkin brews I’ve had minus the brett. Smooth, very drinkable. Nice brew.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle via trade with Walt - Thanks Walt! - Pours apple cider brown with a short foamy tan head. Aromas of citrus, corriander, and some candi sugar. Flavor is sweet as well with candi sugar, yet also many earthy notes and some definite orange and corriander. Palate is medium bodied and pretty smooth to drink. This had complex flavor nice body and was easy to drink for an American Belgian.. Pretty enjoyable brew!
egajdzis (5270) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of leather, oak, red cherries, toffee, pedio, with some toastiness as well. Taste of the same, cherry, some cedar, light sourness, some vinegar, and a bit more pediococcus. Dry finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to JasonMech77...
Appears a hazy, light brown, along with a light off white head that quickly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bready yeast, caramel, light tartness, lightly toasted malt, and ripe fruit highlighted by plums, cherries, and spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with light tartness, over-ripened fruit, toasty malts, caramel, and nuts standing out as flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, slightly tart with a semi-dry finish.
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Walt for kicking ass and sending this out to me. Poured a cloudy brown body with a decent head to it. Yeasty aroma with hops being detected. Flavor is of yeast and malt with decent carbonation. Finishes smooth and with a slight tart. Enjoyable.