EithCubes (5435) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2015 Bottle best by 07/2015. Nose is lightly sweet and dusty, has a strong yeasty component not unlike that of a Saison or Belgian table beer, though with less spice/flowers. Vibrant golden body with a dense, sudsy off-white head. Very crisp and dense full body, tastes sweet with light but not insignificant bitterness and a faint tang; sweetness is the strongest of those three. Citrus, especially lemon and orange, but not strong; more of a lavender and hyacinth florality under a denser wheat blanket. Touch of spice but but not strong, chalky coating on the tongue and generally hollow impression. Enjoyable enough, but seems like something of a missed opportunity. [2013.10.28: 2.8]
Fresh bottle as Grains of Truth, best by 07/2017, this one much more orange with ruby highlights and a long-lasting, dense, lacing beige head. Much more enjoying the subtle spiciness and very strong zinging orange peel/citrus. The floral character is really nice and blends well with the citrus, hops in a supportive role but very prickly (and the carbonation is turned up a few notches, quite effervescent and refreshing despite the added fullness). Gentle tartness around Saison level, touch of oaty/non-barley character but that’s not overplayed (subtle, reminds of Cheerios). That floral/citrus combo is really something, really juicy, got a lavender/rose/hip/hibiscus thing going on, probably too much -- I might need to let this one sit a bit for slower sipping. Could well be a bit much depending on your mood, but I like this one more, assuming the recipe has been tweaked. [2015.10.27: 3.4]
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to glass. Reddish gold body with a thick foamy white head. Nose is dominated by some yeast, wheat, and some hops. taste is generally bitter with a malty wheat body. medium high carbonation.
joshmod (20) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a beer coming in under 5.8% ABV, this beer is extremely complex. The nose is definitely reminiscent of the banana and clove esters from a German Hefeweizen. The flavor is tricky. It still has those Hefeweizen flavors in the back, but the rye gives it some wonderful peppery dryness. Definitely smooth in the mouth feel, but with a contrasting high carbonation that makes this beer very complex. If you are looking for something fun to drink with a couple layers of flavor, but want to stay low on the ABV, give this one a try.
jmm635 (978) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy light caramel color with a small beige head. Classic Ommegang yeast is very obvious on the nose. Mild hops with a nice malty sweetness. Well balanced and easy to drink.
mzaar (2600) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
På fat. Intressanta dofter från säd, jäst och banan. Det smakar lite kantigt, lite som att det är något som saknas. Hittar ingen egentlig karaktär. Det är okey, det är absolut drickbart. Men det är som att ölet inte riktigt är färdigt. Vilket det väl bör vara med tanke på att det är ett säsongsöl.
libertine (368) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a cloudy amber with a huge foamy head. aroma is malty, spicy, banana and clove. flavor is malty sweet. flavors of pepper, banana, and resin and rye.. medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. finishes bitter.. beautiful beer with tons of thick lacing on the glass. flavor is well balanced between malt and hops and very enjoyable.
luttonm (4131) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle in Queens. Nutty brown, autumn spiced ale. Nice warm, balanced body. spicing is nice from the added grains. Bouquet of other flavors over the usual malt and hop bills. Tasty, a bit rougher around the edges though. Solid, interesting drinker.
Sathorael (159) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dense amber brown with massive living beer foam on top that slowly dissipates, leaving a pancake in the middle of the glass and thick mousey lacing. Aromas of bready malt and wheat, sweet and slightly spicy esters, banana and a little toffee. Taste is bright and a little spicy up front, quickly moving into banana and clove and further into a sweet malt and mild woody flavors. Finish is sweet and mildly spicy moving into a satisfying dryness on the sides of the tongue.
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up for a very pricey $4 at Brewforia Eagle... Pours with a 2 finger off white head that dies back slowly... the brew is a slightly hazed orange.
Nose is grainy with a toasted bread crust element... mild grassy hoppiness.
Flavor has all the same elements as the nose with a mild spiciness.
Fuller body is cut back some by a bigger carbonation... very drinkable.
kermis (9603) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Haymarket, Chicago. Pours hazy orange with an off white head. Aroma of yeast, malt, light banana, caramel and other fruits. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.