FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber color that shows a mostly clear, bright, yellow-gold hue when held up directly to the light. The aroma has an earthy, peppery, sort of grassy note that reminds me of other elderflower beers that I have had. The earthy note also plays up a cracker like and straw like pale malt character. There is also a substantial fruit character here in the aroma, softly citrus, perhaps a touch of pear, and other general, green, and ripe fruit notes. The musty notes and earthy character are substantially contributed by the fermentation character, as are the fruit notes, and even a touch of spiciness.
Effervescently carbonated, a bit prickly in the finish, and quite light bodied without being watery. Spicy, herbal, green floral, and perhaps a bit of that elderflower bell pepper character that balances a lightly cracker like malt character, and a finish that has a pear and perhaps floral grape character. Peppery notes, perhaps a touch of ginger, a bit of clove in the finish, and some spicy higher alcohols add a bit of bite to this beer. There is a touch of hop bitterness here, actually a tad more than a bit, but the beer still finishes with a bit of fruit character and a perceived sweetness.
This is nicely balanced, elder flower can get a bit overwhelming, but this manages to be held well in check so that the rest of the beer can be noticed.
puzzl (3232) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Seattle. Cloudy pour, crisp white head. Spicy, wheat aroma, spelt is apparent, cocoa, vanilla. Mild malt, spruce, chocolate, a little bit floral. Sweet, perhaps a hint too much. Nice beer.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled May, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy golden ale with a solid sheet of fine whites atop. Nose carries banana, some clove, a bit of honey, the elderflowers adverted on the label, some wood and belgian ale yeast, slightly sweet malts. Flavor is delicate and tasty with nice bread on biscuit malt, some bitterness, a little bit more elderflower, a slight sweetness from the yeast character and some other tones I just canít quite get a handle on; maybe a touch of clove. Medium fluffy body with a fine low carb and a semi dry finish. A tasty beer, one Iíd like to have again. Thatís 2 for 2 for me from this brewery.
chuckstout (225) - Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of floral, hay and phenolics. Clear golden color with pillowing white head Little to no lacing. Slightly sweet and crisp with a creaminess and lively carbonation nice fruity finish
CedarGoblet (2) - USA - JUN 21, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light yet tasty, delicate aroma, great on a hot day for a mid bike ride break.