bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Amber color with a thin white head. Big carbonation. Aroma of yeast - some banana and clove. The aroma is great - too bad the taste doesn’t quite match it. There’s some malt, some citrus (lemon), and a little yeast, but I agree below with this is half Belgian and half American. It’s just not quite there.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, at the brewpub
Golden colour, with no particular effervescence. Fruity aroma - apples and pears. Light background malt. Sweet and fruity starter beer, not really any more Belgian nor unusual than Alexander Keith’s.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. pours cloudy amber, with a minimal egg-shell white head. lacing. piny hops and nuts. some almond. yeast. clean.
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Of the six "tion" beers that I’ve tried of Russian River, this is probably my least favorite. But, then again, that is like saying, ’Emeralds are my least favorite gemstone.’ Translation: They’re all pretty damn good. You can definitely detect the quality ingredients and hard work that they put into crafting each and every beer. This beer had some wonderful yeasty flavors complemented with warm spices and sweet malt. Not too shabby.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 (on tap at brewpub) a fruity golden. a pretty good beer, someone one sided, but nice dried fruit flavor to it, with a nice amount of apricots.
Ratman197 (8515) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap poured a hazy gold with a small white head. Nose was of sour apples. Flavor was dry, tart and bicuity.
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blonde with slight haze, pleasnt sweet aroma with spices and bananas. Hybrid between pale ale and belgian ale. Lots of hops and spices. Rather bitter notes, but good bodied. (June 2004).
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @the brewpub. This is a fantastic Belgium! Pours a pale straw color with a huge white head. Taste is dominated by the malt sweetness with a hint of yeast. Nice dry finish. Outstanding!
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first belgian "single" and a treat it is. Had this on a warm summer night and wanted something not to heavy but with enough stuff going on flavor-wise to keep my palate busy. This was just right. Thanks again, Russian River!
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light fluffy, fairy floss belgian ale, aroma of cinnamon and pear, light yeast bite, not bad