DocLock (9243) - 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 (12285) - 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 (554) - 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.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at Zeitgeist. Pours with a fairly light color and a decent head. Aromas of fruit, bread and yeast. Very pleasant and strong. Flavor of a typical Belgina ale, again full of fruit and doughiness.
Medium bodied with a pleasant bitter finish.
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.