Brigadier (3190) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 750 ml bottle
Santa sent this last year and I just found it in the back of the cellar. It’s been a while since I tried anything from Russian River. This reminds me why they are such a top notch brewery. I can’t wait to try more of their releases in the future once the cellar thins a bit.
Aroma / Appearance - The golden carbonated base sparkles with life. A wispy ivory head rests for a brief second before fading to nothingness. The mix of hops and malt is backed by a dryness that indicates maybe this was a bit past its prime. It still held a nice lemony zest however.
Flavor / Palate - Pears, chocolate, and semi-sweet aspects tickle the tongue. A blend of oranges and lemons combine on the back of the throat. This is a great beer that I would love to keep in the fridge all the time if it were a local.
CpyNPrnT (474) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of fruit, pear, banana, apple, taste is mild malts and fruit, mild alcohol, somewhat wet mouthfeel, taste at DLD 2015.
BeAndrews (26) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy yellow with an average size foamy white head. Aroma of spices, yeast, lemon and alcohol-- smells great. Taste follows aroma--delicious. Medium bodied. Nice, dry bitter finish.
dlovell2 (1090) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from cork and cage bottle. Pours cloudy gold color with foamy white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, clove, and spicy yeast. Flavor is fruity malt with earthy yeastiness, cloves, with a peppery and herbal hop finish. Thanks dsandonato for sharing.
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (68) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy dark yellow color with fizzy and foamy off white head that reduces down to a ring around the edge. Smells of tropical fruits and clove spices. Tastes of bananas and spices with some breaded malts mixed in too. Well carbonated with some bite when finishing. Really enjoyed this RR take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale!
tectactoe (2978) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Golden honeycomb color at full opacity with a soft, bright white creamy foam on top. Very fine bubbles. Huge Belgian yeast aroma. Banana, clove, bubblegum, white pepper, moderate phenolic heat, tart pear, a bit of hay. Lots of overripe banana in the flavor, followed up quickly with coriander, clove, mint, orange zest, & white pepper. Very bready with a thick cheesy & musty funk character that sustains from start to finish without getting in the way. Finish of spicy yeast, baked bread, lemon zest, & cellar floor. Dry body. Pretty well done; not the biggest fan of the style but this was enjoyable.
BeerdedDave (722) - - APR 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at the brewery; clear gold color; floral hop aroma; great, light, bitter, hoppy flavor with citrus and spice and mild Belgian yeast notes
fluffy (1894) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this is a numeric rating only. i no longer do tasting notes on any beer anymore.
IPagan5 (101) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful nose of spice and breads yeast. Smell like you are at the brewery. Some phenolics in good way. Light fruits in flavor and esters. Excellent prickly carbonation. Got better as it warmed up, more fruity esters and champagne like characteristic. Some clove on finish. Excellent!
rodenbach99 (3466) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une bouteille partagée. 06-27-14. Une liquide jaune avec une mousse superbe, difficile de faire mieux coté visuel. Un nez beaucoup trop boisé à mon sens avec des effluves de cèdre (boîte de cigares) et de houblon. La bouche est râpeuse avec beaucoup de grain. Aucune trace d’alcool en bouche. Petite déception de ma part pour cette bière.
RexTalionis (2949) - FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pale copper in color with an off-white head. Sweet cantaloupe, garden fruits, some spicyness and floral notes. Feels almost tripel like here. Quite smooth mouthfeel. Spicy belgian yeasty notes, some citrus and bit of malts in taste. Some earthyness is present too. Dry in the end.