17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear darker amber with a small white frothy head. Biscuity aroma that is a bit buttery. Light flavors, glassy feeling, sugary malts, a touch biscuity, buttery finish. Glassy feeling with a lightly syrupy finish.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours Pours clear reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is a bit of baked bread malt and a sharp nutty character. Flavor has some honey with a powerful grainy bread character, some dark fruits and a slight bitter hop finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Pretty thin all around, not a whole lot of character going on leaving something to be desired.
BeerBunker (745) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Piece. Having never had an altbier before, I had no clue what to expect. Pours amber with small white head. Aroma is of malt, grain, and not much else. Taste was very malty with lots of grain and some slight spice. Not a whole lot to it. Just an easy drinking, if somewhat bland beer.
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another rather German authentic offering by Piece.
Highly toasty malt foundation, just like I like my alts. Cerealic and grainy, but also gently nutty and fruity (plum and pear-like). Active, engaging carbonation. Solid maltiness is complemented by soft woodsy and earthy german hops. Spot on were it not for the tougher carbonation.
Not too bright copper robe whose white head quickly fades. Somehow, less charming than the other two that I’ve tried which seemed to have an house character almost.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Piece. Pour is a deep red/amber, small head. Nose is very malty, smells of autumn. Touch of smoke and sweetness. Taste is reasonably rich and clean. Bready and sweete. No hops, which is good. A nice example, albeit subdued. Nice.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This didnt exactly jump put as being fantastic. It was very smooth and not dry tasting at all. Not even too strong with the hops. It did have a good dark brown look and went down easy, so it gets some bonus points for that,
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Piece. Pours a clear brown with a thin off white head. Not much aroma, just a little bit malt. Piece described it as a hoppier, maltier version of the Golden Arm Kolsch. It did have some similar flavor to their Kolsch, and it had a lot more malt obviously. I didn’t really find that the hops stood out that much though (it could be because I had Russian River Blind Pig before I headed over there). Decent beer, somewhat plain though.
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ piece. Clear dark amber/brown. Not much aroma. White head that diminished somewhat quickly. Medium body mouth feel. Slightly hoppy. A decent alt.
Aurelius (4497) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkish brown, frothy, slightly off-white head. Sweet tea aroma, fresh and a litte floral or lemon-zesty. West coast hops, dry and toasted/crackery. Pretty crisp overall, but a little caramel on the sides. Grassy malt, dark syrup in the finish. Deftly done, very drinkable, good compliment to the fine pizza here.