XmnwildX12 (1472) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Stillwater Brewers Bazaar 7, Golden straw color, no head. Aroma of light fruit and honey, taste is like honey and apple, not bad
Glouglouburp (5562) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A sweet and very yeasty big blond ale that offers good drinkability but no excitement.
How: Bottle 750ml, corked & caged. Consumed when approximately one year of age. Bottle sent to me by tyler_mn, thanks Tyler.
The look: Cloudy blond-orange body topped by a very small white head.
In long: The timid nose is yeasty, a loaf of bread found in a wet basement, light spiciness, notes of printer paper. Taste is very sweet, husky wheat grains, a lot of yeast, some old honey, straws, dead wild flowers, fruity notes of sweet apples, walking in a field chewing on a cattail, light spiciness, dusty sensation and also light barnyard notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Comfortable mouthfeel with plenty of very soft bubbles and a full yeasty pillowy body. No bitterness to speak of. For a 10% beer this was not very tasty at all. Dangerously easy to drink, not because it is very good, more because it is very low intensity and inoffensive. Something about the dominant yeast signature of this beer reminded very much me of the signature Unibroue yeast, and being a Quebecer I was raised in Unibroue yeast. Nothing bad here, but nothing exciting either. I’m not impressed by this brewery but nonetheless I always keep a bottle of Olvalde in my fridge in case someone breaks into my house and I need a bottle I don’t care about to break on his head.
khoffman43 (847) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Took a while to get the cork out. Pours a clear apple juice color. Aroma is honey with flavor of honey and malts. Solid beer, finishes warm but not boozy. Really drinkable.
FatPhil (7496) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO)
A rich sweet aroma, really climbs out of the glass. A wheaty and fruity body - super fruity - belgian yeastiness. Full palate, a little sweet, but very nice. Almost certainly only vaguely related to anything drunk in Europe 2000 years ago.
Leighton (6945) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the ChrisO Snow Tasting, London - thanks to Colin for something from Minnesota! Pours cloudy gold with a fine, white cream cap. Big sweet white bread nose. Big sweet flavor in general, lots of yeasty white bread, some wheat. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish with white sugar, light lemon zing. It’s OK in small doses, I guess.
Scopey (3243) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at ChrisO Snow Tasting, thanks to Theydon_Bois. It pours cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. The nose is melon, pear drops, sweet poached pear, spice, honey and hay. The taste is honeydew melon, pear, hay, spice, dough, orange peel and a touch of alcohol warmth with a dry, sweet finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Really not my thing at all. Far too sweet.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting, IP trade with Bill from MN, 20/01/13.
Hazed light golden with a thin bubbly white head that retains as a film.
Nose is lemons, oranges, spice, yeast, corriander.
Taste comprises citrus notes, lemon curd, orange rind, light caramel, spices, marshmallows.
Full end of medium body with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate.
harrisoni (10911) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting. cloudy orange lasting white head. honey swwetish some fruit. sweetish belgisn style beer. eek a bit sweet
Atom (995) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a seriously hazy golden with a large off-white head. Aroma of honey, yeast, wheat, Belgian spice, and clove. Taste has loads of honey and clove, Belgian yeast, and fruits. Not really my style but still enjoyable and well balanced.
Pawola22 (3096) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Atom, thanks Adam! Pours a cloudy golden colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is grainy and on the sweet side with lots of yeast, noticeable honey, some bread, a light clove spice, and some fruity esters. Flavor is similar. Sweet honey, grainy, and bready with some clove spice and fruity esters. Pretty yeasty towards the end as this finishes sweet and somewhat dry and spicy with just a hint of alcohol, but it hides the 10% ABV really well. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer that is a bit too sweet for me to love, but I still found it enjoyable. There’s a bunch of distinct honey, but its not cloying and balanced pretty well with a good amount of yeasty spice. Not bad.