Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drank this beer for the rest of us.. at Piece. Poured a deep, healthy brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits with more than ample spicage.. dark overall and very seductive.. more chocolate emerged with warmth. The flavor had floral bitterness and peppery spicage over a sweet caramel, molasses, and chocolatey base.. spicy, warm finish.. very good! Thick and spicy on the palate with nice balance and some warmth at the end. Good one!
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
When this was delivered I got excited, smelled and looked like a winner. Unfortunetly the taste wasnt what I was hoping for. Maybe a little too sharp, and the balance of nutty spiciness didnt work for me. Not bad stuff, but I will be sticking to the wheat beers when I come back.
drewbeerme (3643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at piece, pours reddish brown with white head. nose of cloves and dark fruits. flavor is malty with tobacco and caramel while being nicely spiced of cloves. smooth mouth feel. exactly what an ideal christmas beer is, dark spiced belgian ale, creamy and extremely drinkable. no spices used in this beer? wow, i canít believe it. perhaps a blend of belgian and weizen yeast. iíd love to drink a few of these and air the grievences for a while. iíve got a lot of problems with you people and now is the time you hear them!
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too strong of a beer to take a growler home! Aside from that disappointment, I did enjoy a sample of this brew. Winter ale type flavor, a little cinnamon.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting brew from Piece. A very dark brown beer, interesting for a Belgian. Hints of cloves and not overpowering at all. I enjoyed it. Festivus for the rest of us.
AndyAle (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Released today on tap. Some of the subtle characteristics Iím sure will in time become more pronounced. Aroma of clove and the usual Belgian suspects, a malty chocolate following, and a truly faint citrusy hop; some alcohol as it warms up. Appears garnet with light, but a dark chocolate to black in the dimmer lighting. So many things going on in the mouth (ifyaknowhatimean), fruity esters, woody textures, chocolate malt, dates with prunes and such. Nice dry finish after the flavor assault, which still coats the entire mouth, and it lacks zero body. All in all I just liked it alot for what it was and would like to see what more it becomes!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
#996, On tap at the brewery at the Jan 2007 Chicago Area Gathering. Hazy brown with thin brown head. Easily agrivated. Carbonated well. Nose is strong malt profile. Taste is sweet with lots of yeast and malts and some prunes with some roasted wood. Just a bit of cream.
ElGaucho (2033) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewery. With the 10th rating, I get to put this brew on the map. Firstly, Iíd like to say that it is underrated. I didnít know what style this was when I rated it, but detected some Belgian yeast. I also noticed some wheat/banana notes in the nose, otherwise, the aroma was fairly faint. Piece apparently specializes in heavily hopped ales and in wheat beers. As such, it shouldnít be much of a surprise to have a Belgian ale with some wheat character. Fully opaque body with a thin, light tan head. Initial mouthfeel is a little unfocused and alcoholic. This is a nice brew; warming. I chose well.
JMerritt (1676) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Piece Pizza on Festivus morning (thatís December 23 for you heathens). Dark chocolate brown in color with a big, tan head. Ripened fruit aroma: plums & dates along with cinnamon, piney/herbally hops, and alcohol. Chewey flavor, chocolate malts, toffee, and caramel. Slightly doughy, sour finish. Lively carbonated, slightly distracting, but not overly so. A fine Christmas (I mean Festivus!) beer.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilahís, Chicago, IL. 2005 vintage served from a brown growler. Hazy amber hued ale having a small diminishing tan head with spare lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt, toffee, and fruity (green apple and pineapple?) flavors. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. This is a decent drinkable winter brew.