Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. Hue - clear, yellow hay, a minimal creamy-white head that sulks around the rim. lacing. Aromas of mild citrus and florals. Flavors - foral, citrus and sharp bites of golden apples. an echo of bitterness in the finish. little carbonation - (flat). not complex but sweet and crisp.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear yellowish amber. Thick full white head.
Nice sweet belgian banana aroma. It seems fairly one-dimensional but still very nice. Some hidden complexities. Very sweet lavender.
A bit fizzy. Some nice apple, belgian yeast, nice malty sweet character. Some biting bitter grapefruit notes.
Pretty good overall flavor. I like it.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear but slightly hazy golden. Aroma was spiced pears and apricot. Light fruit flavors up front with a dry earthy hopped finish, slightly oaky. Very nice.
1FastSTi (3284) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Thanks, JCapriotti. The aroma is lemony and floral with a light overripe pear. The appearance is a murky straw colored body with a thin head and so-so lacing. The flavor is decent. Spicy cloves and pears with some lemons. The palate is dry and medium bodied. 8, 3, 7, 3, 14 = 3.5
Rerate: Batch 12. Pineapple and yeasty aroma. Aged brie cheese. The flavor is yeasty and pineapples with lots of fruity pale malts. Lots of tart lightly acidic carbonation. Nice yeasts but clean palate.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, batch #5. Clear golden body under a thin white head. Lots of carbonation. Tangy aroma - beets, beef bullion, and a toasty caramel malt. Lots of puckery tannin-y flavors along with rhubarb in the flavor. Basic cookie malt underneath, finishes with musty hop leaf and bark. An interesting set of flavors in this guy but they’re not working for me.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kind of nice, subdued aroma. Has a cloudy, yellow-orange color, with a little head that quickly dissapates. OK, somewhat bitter flavor. Kind of light body, with ample carbonation. Not too bad.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, batch 3) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of pear, florals, and citrus. Flavor of spicy yeast, cloves, banana, and citrus. Soft carbonation with a dry finish. Another excellent brew from Russian River!
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
similar to a dvuel. colour is golden and murky hard to see thru. smooth palate but kinda thin. fools try and say itts hella good but i punk them by saying its just aight
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 The Lure:
The cheerful fruitiness of plantanes and starfruit meets a doughy, sweet and spicy yeast. Pleasant and authentic, but with different goals than his artistic creations.
Pineapple juice sweetness clings to the doughy yeast. This same yeast, helped by light alcohol heat, evolves into a spicy hop bitter finish which adds to my enjoyment of the spicy fruitiness. The fluffy cushion of a mouthfeel is a great example of impeccable bottle conditioning. No breathtaking creativity for RRiver here, but a damn fine Belgian Ale nonetheless. You could swear this hails from a countryside Wallonian brewery.
A genius can still take the bus when needed.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow pour with a ring of white lace. Aroma of citrus, yeast, barnyard, it’s particulary lactic and citric. Flavor of citrus, yeast and brett but the brett is mild, wich is unusual with Russian River, sigh. The body is light with a lively carbonation.