FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger, plus an extra 1-finger thick addition above the rim of the glass that threatens to overflow the glass, light an colored head. The beer is a dark concentrated amber color that shows a hazy, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has an earthy, herbal, pale grain character to it. Woody, sort of rosemary notes, notes of thyme, soft lemon zest notes, as well as some musty fermentation character, and even a nice nutty note that is wrapped up in straw like, sun baked grassy note.
Light bodied, effervescent, but with a touch of palate heft. The beer is fairly dry, but has a nice fruitiness to it that adds a touch of perceived sweetness; the fruitiness has a soft pear like note to it, some green, not quite ripe fruit character. The herbal note is quite a bit reduced as compared to the nose; still there are soft rosemary like notes, as well as an herbal lemon like note, a woody thyme like note, and a peppery note in the finish that light.
This is not even close to being golden in color, and I can’t imagine it clearing being able to lighten it up that much; having said that this doesn’t effect my enjoyment of this beer one bit. All of Propolis’ beers are a bit more clean on the fermentation side of things that I would quit prefer, but they still manage to have enough complexity with the herbal notes and the fermentation character that is here. Much more subtle than the other beers from this brewery, one that took some time to grow on me, but its subtle nature is worth exploring and contemplating. The texture of this beer is quite nice actually.
5000 (5607) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Dark straw, thick, hazy, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Strong herbal nose, smells like sweet sage.   Soft breadiness, bright dry grass, musty, a bit barnish.   Very rustic on the tongue.   Wheaty, dry grass, sweet sage, other spices.   Pretty tasty, and very farmhouse like.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Clean finish, lingering spicy wheatiness, musty, yeasty, soft breadiness, with some nice herbal and rustic spices.   Good stuff!