arminjewell (6095) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, lots of carbonation out of the bottle but not a gush, hazy orange pour with big fluffy white head, aroma brought notes of big peppercorn, coriander, ginger, spicy yeast, some orange peel, lemon, hints of nice floral and bready notes as well, pretty nice and as advertised. Taste is lots of pepper, nice peppercorn, coriander, some nice ginger, lemon, touch of earth, sweet orange, grapefruit notes mix into some biscuity and bready malts, slight white fruit in there as well finishing fairly sweet, peppery and dry. Tasty, though a bit over peppery, it is well made.
HonkeyBra (3277) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Dark orange pour with big bright white head. Aroma is dominated by red pepper. Mild ginger and citrus notes. There is some earthiness. Flavor is spicy, strong pepper component. A bit of heat towards the back of the throat. The ginger and orange peel become more apparent after a while. This is not very subtle, but for someone who likes pepper in their beer this is quite nice. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation. Finishes with strong peppercorns.
smith4498 (2988) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with Pawola22. Batch #24. Pours cloudy orangish color with big off white head. Perfumey aroma with bready malts, peppercorns, corriander and some grass. Lots of spice flavors with pepper, corriander, citrus, cereal malts and some dough. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Brian.
ryecatcher (740) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Binny’s. Pours a nice, hazy apricot color with decent initial head but so-so retention (could be the glass), some lacing. Nose is spicy yeast and peppercorns. Mouth is peppery in the front, with spicy, almost curry notes. Some alcohol heat comes through. Most of this beer’s palate is up front, with a quick finish. I’ll concur with whomever said it was tastier than the Rose Poivre.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Batch #24. Pours a cloudy, orange-gold colored body with a two finger-width, dense, foamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is perfumey with lots of florals, soft peppers, some orange peel, pear, a light ginger, touches of vanilla, and a lightly sweetened, bready pils malt. Flavor is great. Lots of florals accented by the peppercorns up front, orange peel, a nice yeasty spice, a light ginger note, pear, some earth, and a lightly sweetened, bready pils malt. Finishes dry and peppery with a light bitterness and some yeasty spiciness, but smooth from the malts and pear. Light ginger and orange peel come out more in a lengthy aftertaste. Smooth, medium body and a soft, fairly lively carbonation. Overall, I really liked what they did with this. Love the peppery florals from the peppercorns and light orange peel and ginger notes. Dry, but well balanced with a lightly sweetened, bready pils malt that stays nicely balanced for the ABV%. Great beer.
mikem409 (1478) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from pan. Pours orange with foam head. Aroma of citrus and pepper. Taste is peppery very lively and fizzy.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys Castle Vav (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deeper golden hue, firm haziness, touches of yellow gold glow on the edges with some amber darker flashes in the middle. A cakey whitish head sits atop, lively carbonation with some ok staying power, a nice layer remains and laces ok overall. Aromas are flashes of apple and pear, gentle citrus, some floral and grassy hops. Estery fruit, doughy malts, straw, bread, and cereal grains. Firm yeastiness, kiss of black pepper spice into the backend of the nose. Initial is more dry, lighter end of the fold in body and less sweet by a good deal when compared to that vibrant fruity nose. I like the taste more than the nose, starting off dry and mellow, some gentle floral and earthy hops mix with some dry farmhouse yeast, touches of dough and fruit, dry bread and cereal elements. The Sichuan peppercorns come in into the middle. Gentle heat mixes in and out, cracked pepper type. Some pear, doughy malts at times. A bit dry. The flavors come and go, the pepper starts to grow in the middle and backend, lingering finish as we get further into the beer. A bit of toast, bread, and cereal grains in the backend. Spice, yeastiness, and earthy hops. Kisses of smoothed out fruit, lingering Sichuan which gives it a nice feel. At times the beer loses me, but the Sichuan element is quite enjoyable for me, growing slowly as a wave motion on the palate and in finish. Nose wasn’t for me, but the beer itself works. Some nice flavors, pepper provides the most interesting facet for me. Not bad.
crossovert (7009) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Much spicier than its counter part. It isn’t hot spicy or mouthnumbing. It uses the Sichuan sparingly. I would have liked it to be a bit bolder.
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Translucent light orange with a white head. Spice melange aroma, with ginger predominating. Taste is sweet with yeast and finishes with a lemon-ginger-pepper spice burn. Interesting experiment but too heavy on the spices. I think its it ginger that did it in. Got to be careful with that spice.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle From Binny’s. Pours a pretty deep gold with a thin dissipating head(oil from the peppercorns?). Nose is very spicy/aromatic. Cardamom, coriander, grains of paradise. Tropical fruit and spice dominate. Some soft malts as well. Really cool and the spices are nice. On tasting, it seems a bit watery and some sweetness. Spicy with light heat. Big bitterness and some mildly numbing clove notes. I wish this had more body to it and more malt flavor overall. Some warming in the chest. Perhaps over attenuated? Decent.