iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: Clear yellow gold, with a wonderful stream of tiny bubbles feeding a bright white, fluffy head. Wonderful sweet hop aroma with fresh grains and cereal, lemon rinds and grass. Great carbonation, not fizzy, but still lively on the tongue. Biscuity and pale malts are a solid match for the fresh hop flavours, balancing this into a wonderful beer. I particularly enjoyed the long, clean hop finish laced with all the citrus character encompassed in this solid brew.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, golden body with a fluffy layer of foam sitting atop. Cool, hoppy nose that is in ways very reminiscent of a great pilsener. Strong, noble hop character, earthy floral perfume, but also pine resin, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, dry biscuits, grassy hay and yeasty, whole-grain bread. A nice, crisp, clean body with a soft, but active, carbonation. Crisp, hoppy bitterness with a nice bite. I’m not sure what the alcohol on this is, but I would imagine it’s fairly high. That comes based on the way I felt after a few pints, not because you can taste it at all. The biscuity malt is robust enough to handle all of the hops and is never lost. The blend of hops that seems to include Saaz and American C-style hops is rather unique. Obivously, this is a rather large departure from the traditional Pils style, but it’s still damn tasty. A fine anniversary offering.