austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I respect this brewery because they have the guts to brew (almost solely) American Strong Ales. That takes balls! A weird twist is that the brewery website reads "Concorde" yet the bottle reads "Concord". Whassup with that? This Rapscallion Premier is a hazy, sweet golden color and the aroma is that of a quality Belgian ale. Some citrus/orange notes in the taste with plenty of yeast. Some spicy/pepper taste as well to compliment the witbier-style flavor profile. All in all, a truly remarkable product, and wholly unexpected. Pretty fizzy, too.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the name of this brewery. The pour is very Belgium like, the effervescent head explodes after 2 seconds of pouring this beer. Hazy medium orange color with an initially dense head that slowly subsides. Aroma of pepper, sweet yeast, slight oranges. Lively carbonation, slightly sweet pepper taste. A percieved dryness that comes from the carbonation which becomes more noticable after a couple of sips.
boto (1828) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught: The beer is a darker golden color. There was a ton of head to the beer (were we in a TV ad?). Somewhat sweet, malty aroma. Possibly fruit in the aroma. The taste was slightly sweet, with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Decent, but not special at all.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours with a deep golden body with a slight amber accent topped by a medium thick foamy white head with good lacing. Slighlty sweet and fruity (raspberries?) aroma. Slightly sweet yeasty flavor with a slight malt character and a touch of hops. Light to medium bodied and smooth. Not really impressed with this beer at all.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a very faithful rendition of a Belgian Golden, IMO, but flirts with excessive sweetness at every opportunity. Quite carbonated and crisp, with a huge spicy hop presence, yet not as dry as Duvel, for example, as Joris states. Fruity as heck. Another winner from Ma_Beer in trade, and one that would be hard to peg as American. Good show!
MaBeer1972 (1269) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice frothy head, big golden color. Aroma is spicy with a bit of alcohol though. Nice big chewy flavor, quite hoppy. The finish is
very flavorful and smooth. A very impressive brew.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and served in the custom snifter. Out of control white head, golden amber color. Pine, citrus, hops, must, spice aroma. Medium body, somewhat sweet, malt, tasty spices, has a Belgian feel all around. This beer keeps growing on me each time I drink it.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color, cloudy from the yeast (it is "Artisanal Golden Beer on Lees"). Flavor is a little tart, and very hoppy, but nice. Aroma remeniscient of Duvel, but strength does not quite carry through.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A perfect example of a great belgian beer made outside Belgium. Fruity and estery, with a clean hop finish and deep character. The beer comes in a great 4 pack with a goblet. Smashing.
JorisPPattyn (7817) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit darker orangey; very little head, drops dead.
Grapes, alcohol, candi sugar, orange rind in the nose. Also a bit meaty, faint whiff of diacetyl.
Taste gives orangerind again. Much sweetness present, but absolutely not cloying. There is a hint of something diary-like, but no diacetyl traceable. Orangerind becomes slighte sourish. Not dry, neither.
Medium-thick mouthfeel. Alcohol doesn't show. No new taste. Fruity, orangey tones fade out.
IMO the least of the Rapscallion range, but still quite good - I can imagine a lot of people would just love it. Really a shame about the head.