adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer looks like a cider - golden red, little head, and pretty murky. Definite chamomile tea flavor, but also very cinnamony, and some bitter fruity apple flavors. Shared this bottle with the guys at the Dallas tasting.
Nuffield (4034) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very herbal aroma, plus a strong apple bake (when you core apples and bake them in aluminum foil with some spices like cinnamon chucked in the center). Attractive. Moderate hazy amber color, no head. Big time chamomile tea flavor and there is the sense that someone waved a mint leaf over the bottle before it was capped. Good life in body, smooth but with carbonation coming out on the palate. I returned to the remnants in the bottle at the end of the evening and it was still a fascinating and fun beer.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Crystal-blonde appearance. "Christmasy" is the best way to describe this stuff. Of the attendees of the great Dallas tasting of summer 2003, we came up with all of the following words to describe it: ginger, cinnamon, cookies, gingerbread, apple pie. I agree with all of it, and it made a nice sweet mix.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a nice golden color. I couldn't tell if it smelled sweeter or tasted sweeter. Definite honey and tea flavors. Overall, this is almost too sweet to be a beer. Almost something you'd want for dessert, if you were in the mood for something different. Easily the most sugary brew I've had though my experience is limited. Also, beware, this stuff can put you to sleep. (was temporarily dubbed 'sleepy time' at the brewpub)
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strange was the first thing that I thought. Lots of sweetness lent from the tea. I detected a lot of cinnamon and it just felt a lot like to chirstmas to me?!
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 Chamomellow: Sweet chamomile and apple crisp aroma, with a sweet fruity and spiced chamomile flavor, really delicious. Very mellow with orange and peach flavors, and a light crisp finish. Better than the first time I had it.
Crit (3775) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Flowery nose and taste of chamomile. Just an experiment, and not a great one
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fortunately I got to drink a few of these while getting a ride around the Newport Bay in this really cool little boat from the 1940's. It was a treat. I just forget to rate this every time I drink it, but I'm certain I can roll off exactly what I was thinking. I really like chamomile tea, so that helps immediately. Light and a bit cirtucy, bubbly and crystal clear, chamomile is all over for sure, especially on the finish. It is a great beer for my mother, who was raised in the macrobrew capitol of the world, as she truly enjoy tea, including chamomile, and also some of the sweeter belgian goldens, belgian wheats and some pilseners. definite "ginger bread" character to it (thanks Zach). I like it for what it is, artful, creative, original and drinkable.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
chamomile flowery aroma, looks like a kolsch, strong chamomile finish, tastes like a ginger snap in beer form, lacks complexity but a nice experiment
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh my god...who thought this up? Amazingly it's pretty damn good. The Chamomile is very strong but tastes more like a lemon/limey sweet treat like 7-up, lime Talking Rain, or something from my childhood I can't quite put my finger on. Compared to Chamomile tea this is much less flowery (dandelion) and lacks that rooty herbal flavor - instead this is very refreshing, tasty, and a bit of a fresh breath after a few Shakespears.