TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 On tap at the Blue Dog. Pours a lighter yellow with a small white head. Aroma of banana, belgian spices and some citrus. Flavor of banana and citrus. Typical belgian strong ale flavors and aroma. 7-3-7-4-15
Bottle, batch 003. Pours a hazy golden with small floaties and an average white bubbly head. Aroma of banana, pear, spices, yeast, citrus and a slight sourness. Flavors along the same lines. Very nice mouthfeel, fizzy yet smooth and full. Enjoyed this one a good bit more from the bottle than the draft I had.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
batch 001 bottle Poured into a Tulip
It was a little cold but a beautiful frothy white head atop a slightly hazey golden ale (chill haze ) that cleared as the brew warmed.Coriander type spiciness that later became more earthy and fruity as it warmed.The taste was very smooth sweet malt dryed by spicy hops with a earthy yeasty bite .It was very clean not a lot of intangibles a straightforward belgian strong.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear yellow, light head, thin lacing. Nose of apricot and corriander, light spice and pepper. The flavor has a light citrusy body with some sweetness and good (albiet too clean) belgian qualities.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another strong golden Belgian-style ale, whose name is spun from the best known and original, Duvel. Beyond that, hopes are high, as Iíve not yet had a Russian River that failed to impress. Uncage, uncork, into the St. Bernardus goblet and away we go...
Hazed, bright yellow coloring, shortish white head, though it lingers long enough...good, good...
Lovely aroma. Yeast, light spices, lemon and other citrus fruits, orange, pear, ...very nice.
Taste/texture: a blast of sour at the front, then smooth and slides down with ease. Peppery spice slide in and ride sidecar all the way through. Fruit and hot spice maintain dominance in the flavor, body is a light/ medium, finish is soft, but leaves a fuzzy, and bold texture on the palate. Abv is light for the style, but peeks through and squeaks a bit, but is no bludgeon.
Very tasty, and Iím more impressed as I get further in, for itís a subtle, sophisticated ale, not a head-banger, no wham-bam-thank-you-maíam. But zesty, and rewarding, with a unique character.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 3: Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with almost no head but there is a white skin around the edge of my glass...looks lifeless...smell is hoppy with some sort of lemon mint something...taste is clove, banana, yeast, sweet...body is totally lifeless...
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - AUG 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, lively carbonation w/ golden hue. sweet aroma of orange. light bodied, smooth and dry.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light golden with a lot of fast moving bubbles and a large white head that stays. Aroma is of hay, melon, pear, light citrus zest, sweet cream. Flavor is of butter, hay, citrus zest, mixed light fruit. Fluffy light body somewhat creamy palate. Not huge flavor just a very nicely crafted very drinkable belgain style ale.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice golden color with a medium head and a little lacing. Tastes sweet and spicy at the same time with hints of citrusy undertones, particularly at the beginning of the beer.
rajendra82 (980) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This 750 ml. was carried with love by BA UncleFlip from Vintage Cellar in Virginia. And for that act of kindness, words canít do justice.
The bottle was capped with a cork and a wire cage, which came off easily enough, thanks to the now trusty heavy duty cork puller. As the beer was poured into a tulip, a golden clear body with rolling carbonation, and a foamy white head were evident.
The aroma was signature Belgian, with a earthy yeast, orange peel, coriander, and perfumey alcohol. The taste was sweet-sour-tart, and darn near perfect. Seemingly simple and approachable with a pale malt sweetness and airy carbonation at first, the beer exploded on the tongue mid palette with citric sourness with a banana oil tropical touch. Faintly grassy hop bitterness momentarily poked out its head, but was buried in the apricot, and raspberry flavors in short order. All this flavor switching went on without the beer ever losing its drinkability.
This was my first Russian River, and if I can help it, it wonít be the last.
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, Iím very impressed by this brew, I hope I have the opportunity to try some more of Vinnyís creations.