GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
NorCal tasting June ’07 - While this is one of the cooler names for a beer that has come out in awhile, the beer inside might just be one of North Coasts biggest let downs in awhile. An aroma of sweet bubblegum, with a sugar blast of a nose. There are subtle molasses notes too. Appearance was a dark reddish/brown in color, mostly clear. Mouthfeel had an unpleasant harshness about it. Flavor was a sugary malt bomb with a soapy, burnt sugar character and old/cheap chocolate. Truly a disappointing beer from my boys at North Coast.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big malty mess...roasted caramel, dried fruits (prunes, dates, figs), molasses, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, and, strangely enough Carl, root beer. Some surprisingly robust carbonation to liven things up a bit. Alcohol was pretty well hidden, until I tried to find my keys. Good brew on every level.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
(750mL bottle): Pours a dark brown color, some head but diminishing. Light tannish head, fine bubbles. Strong belgian alcoholy aroma, dark fruit, sweet smelling. Some earthy smells. Clean, not too strong a taste surprisingly. Malty sweet with clean finish. Not alcoholy taste. A little tempered on the taste, though. Sweet tasting. Malty aftertaste. Good.
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Love the label. Deep brown color, but beige head could have stuck around longer. Malts and fruits are strong in the aroma and flavor, but the whole package is a bit too sweet from start to finish. Easing back on the sugar would have brought out more character. Nice, lively palate. Does a decent job of honoring the abbey ales, but in the end it’s out of balance.
Boutip (5689) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep mahogany color ale with a medium size dirty brown head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a small touch of dry fruits is quite interesting. Taste of sweet malt is offset by some light dry fruits. Body is quite full with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. I thought it lack some complexities for the style but still very enjoyable nonetheless.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was quite brown ale tasting, with a bit of sourness and some Belgian yeast overtones of banana. Actually, as far as american "Belgians" go, this is quite nice.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. average, tan, fizzy (fully dissapating). dark red body. dark fruit, brown sugar, and malts are all present.
slight metalic flavor. sweet, sweet, sweet. fizzy carbonation. strong alcohol presence. thick mouthfeel; somewhat creamy.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Murky brown with light tan fluffy head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, and spices. Bright palate. Taste of raisin bread and spice with a slightly alcoholic finish and a lingering caramel apple taste.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with light minimal head. Tastes like a barleywine IMO. Good balance and I found the 750 ml bottle on sale for 6.99 at at whole foods! What a deal heading back for a couple more to cellar
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Dark reddish-brown color, minimal head with almost no remaining bubbles. Overall mild aroma of dried dark fruits, malts, sugar. Flavors were of roasted malts, dark brown sugar, caramel, cola, alcohol, and finishes with some bitterness. Not very balanced, a bit of a strange mixture of flavors. Palate was overall pretty thin, but did have some syrupy stickiness. Not that bad, but better beers of this style can easily be acquired. Although I like the fact that they donate money to a good cause...