chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cloudy phenolic brew. alcohol heat with a rich nose. Easy going palate very fruity and decent fuity phenol finish
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours a murky, light-diffusing medium gold color with a large, white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. It’s quite attractive. The aroma is complex, dry and earthy: Malty and heavy with delicate roasted-grain notes; lightly hoppy with the aroma of clean, dry straw and green apple; moderately weighty esters of banana and under-ripe pear and a moderately heavy note of coriander and pepper. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average-length, lightly bittersweet finish. The palate is luxurious. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is watery, the carbonation is soft and there’s a touch of alcohol warmth at the end. Damn :)
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one. It poured hazy dark straw with a medium white head. The aroma was bready malty, with honey, hopcit, sour pear and apple, fruit. The flavor was on the dry side, and very fruity, with a big mid-palate coriander/floral/spicy element. I got a lot of Bartlett pear and Granny Smith apple aroma and flavor from this one. Wonderful complexity.
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden ale with a thin white head. Intense orange peels in aroma with light pear notes. Crisp wheat malt in mouth, with coriander and orange notes, souring in mouth. Medium bodied. Russian River Beer Revival & Barbecue Cook-Off, August 20, 2005. On tap.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 6. Wow. There’s a lot going on here. I don’t like to go overboard w/ "burnt cherries with a hint of clover and sassafrass" comments, but this has a bunch of different flavors. Smokey, citrusy, nutty, oaky, spicy alcohol flavor. I usually don’t like this type of beer, but for the style, this is a VERY good beer.
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Liar’s Club in San Diego. A great interpretation of a Belgian Strong Ale. Fruit notes to the aroma, a slightly cloudy, golden-hued libation with a nice rocky bright white head that left a great deal of fine lacing on the glass. Great stuff!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 003. Pours hazy yellow with zero head. Great aroma that is spicy, medicinal, yeasty, earthy with vanilla and eucalyptus. Tart in flavor with citrus, pear, banana, yeast and some farmhouse funkiness. Finishes sweet, bitter and spicy. A bit undercarbonated and light in body for my tastes. Still, another bold American interpretation from this most excellent brewery.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale straw yellow color, totally clear, with big pure white head. Aroma is tart, yeasty, slightly funky, hints of applesauce, pear, honey. Flavor is sharp, slightly acidic, notes of bananna, honey, malt, with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Simple, but nice.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750cc bottle, batch #05 opened 21 Dec. 05. Pours a clear colden color with a humongous head even with a delicate pour. Fine carbonation bubbles, head is long lived, breaking down sporadically and leaving a dense deafoam lacing. Aroma is pleasant, lightly fruity with earth/musty notes. Lighter bodied with very active carbonation dancing across the palate. Moderately hopped bitterness, slightly drying, earthy. Slight sour/tart notes mix well. Nicely done.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat Duvel-like in it’s clean, slightly spicy flavors. Thin in the initial pour and even with the yeast pour. Somewhat fruity (apple), though relatively understated. Good.