Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch #30.
A: Pours a pretty dark black with a dirty white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a nice cap that leaves some sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: The waft is big sorachi ace hops. Lemony citrus and zesty peel. Some peppery, yeasty notes with a little sweet malt as well.
T: The sorachi really dominates this flavor profile. It’s definitely zesty with a big sour lemon bite to it. As a little bit of a soapy flavor to it as well. The finish as some mild, peppery spice, but I’m missing some sweetness from the malts. As it warms the peppery notes come out a little bit more which helps counter balance the Sorachi.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A peppery, spicy finish.
O: I like the nose, but the sorachi ace hops really dominated the flavor profile. It almost turned to a puckering sour lemon bite to it. As always I appreciate the creativity, but I feel that the Sorachi should have been a little more restrained to really make a cohesive beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-07-2012
madmitch76 (16807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11th January 2013
Opaque black beer, good sized pale tan head. Palate is airy and dry with strong fine carbonation. Mellow dark malt, mildly creamy. Mild Sorachi Ace lemon cream with mellow dark malt roast and mellow hop bitterness. Almost comes off, just needs something else to pull it all together.
joeneugs (3739) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours a very dark brown with a huge fizzy tan head. Sweet lemons and fruit in the aroma, not much pepper or spice. The flavor is sweet with more lemon candy, dirty malts and some pepper. Hint of roast in the finish. Very highly carbonated. Kind of weird.
JohnnyJ (4728) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black/dark brownish pour with a large tan head. Peppery spice, lemon, watery, cardboard, and a bit earthy. Not very good.
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by GT. Black pour with a huge khaki head. Nose is buttery. A bit of pear, roasted malt, plum, and tons of pepper. Really papery, too. The flavor is not much/any better. Roasted malt, water, pepper, and paper. Sweet pear and plum notes as well. Meh.
holdenn (2086) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the original release. Brown black with a beige head. Sweet young lactic aromas. Light sour dry and lactic. Rubbery. Tart o.k. 7/3/7/3/13
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
651mL thanks to BrewtopiaofPJ. Pours black with red highlights. Large, overcarbonated tan head. Okay retention and spotty lacing. Nose is lemon, Lipton’s unsweetened iced tea. Taste is lemon, peppercorn, some alcohol heat, more unsweetened bland tea. Palate is aerated, a bit overcarbonated. Wasn’t a big fan.
Awktoberfest (325) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of flavor... Tastes barrel aged... Is it? Interesting but I don't get the saison feel here..
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wlajwl (4253) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is yeast, spices, pepper and citrus. The flavor is spices (guessing the peppercorns are in there, lemons, dark fruit and a hoppy finish.
deyholla (7454) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a grassy note with a touch of lemon and backing notes of spice and light dark grains. Flavor starts with lemon and has some grass and spice with a backbone of light dark grains.
drewbeerme (3886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, sampled after release. pours dark brown with soapy off white head. a spicy and phenolic aroma, lemony hop character. the taste is the issue with this beer as it is extremely over attenuated. I don’t recall having a beer that over attenuated this much (except perhaps lambic), there just isn’t any residual sweetness to carry the rest of the profile. just a watery stripped out feel to it. I know this yeast attenuates like it’s on roids but this is pretty unbelievable. it doesn’t taste bad though.