douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Belmont. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A big Belgian yeast nose, almost bubblegum-like, some lemons. The flavor is mostly banana yeast-inspired fruit, some light spices, evergreen, some sweeter caramel. Light citrus and pine. Decent. Interesting.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows an almost clear, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright berry notes (almost like dried blueberries), as well as some light, woody, spicy, juniper notes. There is a soft, supporting, straw like, raw whole grain character here that provides an earthy background note to the dominant juniper character. There is a peppery, musty, earthy spiciness, and a woody herbal note in the nose that really helps to balance the juniper berry character.
Light yet has a full mouth-feel to it without really being viscous, the beer also has a rye laden, earthy, spicy, grain character to it that lingers in the finish. The texture is almost creamy, but there is a solid carbonation here that providesa bit of textural difference. Juniper berry like flavors up front are not as prominent as in the nose, but the finish has more of the juniper spiciness. There is a bitterness in the finish that melds with the dry, woody, herbal note. Soft raisin like maltiness is brought out by the juniper, and there is a rounded, caramelized malt character that melds with a toasted, brown grain, chewy bread / cracker character that is in the middle of this beer.
This is a really nice beer, one that I am enjoying a lot more than I thought I would; most Sahtis are pretty boring to me, but this one has a complexity from the malt and fermentation character that makes this quite appetizing.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy amner brown color, large bubble whitebhead. Aroma of herbs, spice, spruce. Taste is light spice, toffee, booze. Interesting.
Smurf2055 (1052) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep copper, almost mahogany, gigantic off white head. Smell fruit and spice, winter warmer, very grainy. Taste rooty, fruity, vegital. Amber like qualities but stronger, sweeter. Medium body. Not sure where this stacks up style wise.
harrymel (515) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky amber with a solid fine sheet of light amber foam. Smells of co2, spruce, juniper, some gin character obviously. Flavor is plenty belgian with lots of yeast, some juniper and a good amount of what tastes like rosemary. I’m not so big on the amount of yeast character here. Medium on full bodied with soft, prickly carb and a semi dry finish. Decent beer, but not the most impressive from them.