MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color, fluffy white head, opaque and good lacing from the head. Aroma explodes with fruitiness, pear, banana, some spices hiding in there, a real pleasure to sniff this one. Flavors are yeasy, a hint of sweet malts and a bit of dry yeastiness in the finish, just the right amount of harsh yeast flavors there. Really smooth in the mouth, this went down extraordinarily easy for an ale of this strength. All in all, I’m very impressed by this brew, I hope I have the opportunity to try some more of Vinny’s creations.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty standard Belgian style. Banana/clove yeasty aroma. Cloudy golden in color. Very chewy body with lots of bread. Pears and bananas with slight hops. Thanks to Rodger.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Liars Club. Golden and clear with a small white head that diminished quickly leaving some lacing. Sweet fruity aroma with pear, peach yeast and candy sugar. Sweet fruity malts, peach, prune and candy sugar notes again, some spice as well. full body and smooth carbonation. Good example of a belgian golden.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy yellow-gold w/ generous white foam. Biscuity, yeasty aroma of banana & pear w/ notes of vanilla, fresh pepper, & floral hops. Soft, creamy, effervescent feel. Flavour is sweet, fruity & lightly acidic w/ a nice supporting spiciness.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy yellow, white head. aroma of biscuity malt, sweet corn, flowers, pear, mixed fruit and earth. flavour follows and is sweet and malty up front, spicy and mildly bitter in the finish. this beer is all about the nose.
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of Russian River’s most popular ’tion’ beers. I detected a lot of fruit and spice in both aroma and taste. It is really well balanced, but does have a slight bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2005 (Cooperstown, NY). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de foin. Apparence: Couleur blonde légèrement voilée. Mince col mousseux. Faible densité des bulles. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Arrière goût d’orange. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #232)
Suttree (4878) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy gold, thick spongy white head. Yeasty, wheaty banana aroam. Noticeable banana flavors up front, with slight flavors of pear and cinnamon. Enjoyable through and through, and nicely filling. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful clear golden with a fluffy, white head. Aroma of banana and a hint of apple. Flavor has prominent notes of banana, lemon/citrus up from then gives way to yeast, clove, spices, honey and some hop bitterness. Slight touch of alcohol in the finish. Medium body with very lively, spritzy carbonation. Nice lacing , great head retention. I really enjoyed this beer, very drinkable.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Original Rating (9-2-7-3-15=3.6): Lightly spicy floral aroma with candy-like malt sweetness and cake-dough like yeast in the very promising aroma. Hazy yellow-gold with a light ring of large-bubbled white head. Peppery, lavender, floral characterwith candy-like sweetness. Pepper re-appears in the finish. Medium body with fair carbonation. Doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Bottle sampled at RBSG’05.
Rerate (7-3-8-5-15=3.8): Grassy, herbal, spicy hops with some doughy yeast and strong sugared, candied fruits in the aroma. Clear golden body with a decent white head that recedes to cover. Pineapple and grapefruit flavours. Fair bitterness. Lively carbonation to the medium body. Slightly pointy but engaging on the tongue. Bottle sampled at DenverLogan’s pre-GABF party 2005.