Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, effervescent golden with a billowy head. The richness of the gold colour cannot be understated here. Champagne-toasty aroma with pear esters. The body is full, the malts sweet as honey and well-rounded. Delightful spiciness backs them up with faint esters and peppery alcohol. A precision brew. I’d always suspected somebody could do this style as well as Moortgat...
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
05.22.05 Batch 01 bottle, 750ml, at Jimmack04 invitational, thanks to Jim. Straw colored brew, highly effy, lofty head. Light and bright aromas and flavors of unripe pears, grassy yeast. Not as dry as the aromas fortold, yet still firm bodied and dry enough to prevent sweetness from overpowering. Honeysuckle. Nicely made stuff.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of jimmack at the invitational, a sour citrusy aroma, with some yeast and grass tones comes off a buttery yellow body with a smooth layer of white head. a nice spicy malty flavor, bits of yeast and alot of citrus close out the mouthful. body is crisp and dry, but doesnt have an overwhelming tartness, which i was afraid of with the amount of citrus flavors going on.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from batch # 001 thanks to EDA.
Hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma was mildly sour lemon along with some dark fruits and yeast.
Flavor was sweeter than expected. Lots of malt, bread, dark fruits before turning a bit tart and lemony/grassy. A bit more hops to balance out the sweetness of the malt would have been nice. Enjoyable though.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. Bottle from batch no. 3. The beer pours a a light yellowish and is very bubblish. Aroma is pretty belgian, a sweet, yet dry malty aroma with floral hints as well. Flavor is also belgian, it is very smooth and flavorful. I really feel that this beer is somewhat underated. Also I’m hoping this beer gets better with age.
TheBeerGod (4909) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - corked and caged. Batch 003. Pours the color of apple juice. Small whitish bubbles lingering on the surface and aroung the rim. Nose is yeasty and earthy with floral accompaniment. Notes of dried fruits, biscuity malts and light sugary wafts. Taste is fruitier (pears and tangerinewith hints of banana), while having stronger wheat notes, light biscuity flavors, yeast, flowery notes, mild syrupy sugar notes and earthy dryness. Body is medium with lots of carbonation sharpness and a pleasant dry feel to it. Finish is more yeast and earthy hops with dried fruits, light candy sugar, toasted malts, and yeast. Nice!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t know about Belgian Strong Ale,maybe a weak ale.Nose is kinda’ nondescript with some fruits but I have a sour aroma coming from the glass.After it sits I start to get some Cloves and more fruit.I do like this taste as I think it is better than expected with a banana flavor and an aromatic spiciness coming on.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There wasn’t much going on with this one. A lemoney hay scent. It poured a golden color with a moderate white head. The flavor was somewhat yeasty with the alcohol showing through quite a bit especially considering the ABV. More lemons and hay present in the flavor. Overall its not bad just one dimensional. Thanks for sharing Cheri!
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
batch 001: Dark straw gold. Semi-rocky, thin white layer of foam. Gorgeously lemony Goldings aroma with doughy malt notes. Subtle bandage and brett. Influx of soft carbonation. Subdued brett rigidly anchors the doughy malts and overt yeastiness. Timid “bandage”-accented phenols fail to stabilize the heavily-sweet candy sugar foundation. Feeble brett notes numb the tip of the tongue with a touch of minerals and lemon zest, but the disjointed yeastiness & sweetness completely overpower the sharp funk. Juicy fusion of lemony, floral hop flavors pack a sizeable “green” bitterness, as well, while trace melon acidity briefly brightens the sweetness. Spicy yeast and perfumey brett show highlights of dryness, but the candy sugar and doughy yeast run rampant with a thickness that encompasses the palate and offsets the brightness. Pretty straightforward flavorwise, e.g. not enough brett verve or dryness to rival the muddled yeast and candy sugar. Nice aroma, though, with a refined balance of wild yeast, phenols, and fresh hop perfume. With all that said, I expect this to be luxurious after a few [minor] adjustments.
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Draught, Russian River (May ’07, so batch 21 or 22).
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is hazy glowing medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pineapple, clove, lemon zest, pepper, and Juicy Fruit gum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A vast improvement over the older batches I’d had (previously have only had batches around #7). Beautiful stuff.