WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 3 750ml. Bikesandbeer bought this for me in SF @ Whole Foods thanks dude. Pours gold with lots of carbonation and a big 2 finger bright white head. Really nice nose, wild yeast and lots of punch. Taste is sweet, grassy, yeasty and bright. Very nice and smooth. Very nice, wish it had a bit more sour in it, but Iíll live.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Batch 003. Like a toned down triple - less sweetness, but still spicy. Nice mellow bitter finish. Nothing crazy, but well done and really well balanced.
jefcon (1420) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Batch #002. Pours a huge head and releases wild yeasty aromas. Some soft grains. Tremendous use of alcohol to heighten flavors. Orange, apricot, citrus, clove, pepper. Plenty of residue left in the bottom of the bottle and the glass.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with IrishBoy. Batch 002. Pleasant but slight aroma of lemongrass, dry hay, dried grass and mildly aromatic earthy hops. Pours cloudy light gold/rich yellow with a creamy but quickly disappearing white head. Flavor is light, crisp and refreshing .Slightly grassy and herbal. Hint of flowers. Mild lacto tartness on the finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Thanks Richard!
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Clear golden yellow color. Aroma is fruity sweet and tart with some faint funk. A blonde but very champagne like. Nice bubbles but not overwhemlming. Balanced, some bitterness and spice. Smooth and light.
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Murky golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Lots of small floaties tooling about my glass. The earthy, lightly acidic aroma is of pale grains, wood and straw. As with most Russian River beers, this one offers terrific balance between bitter, sweet and tangy... it sways, maybe a hair, toward bitter. Full-bodied with a coarse mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Tangy, caustic, Mojave-dry finish. Thanks, mgumby10, for providing the sample!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2. A mid-sized white head quickly fades and gives full revelation to a clouded deep yellow/light orange pour. Copious coagulated protein chunks, a la Abbaye des Rocs, clutter the glow. Spotty, irregular lacing. Aromatic complexity is as soft as it gets whilst retaining an elegance reserved for very few beers, particularly Belgian golden ales. Everyhting is subtle and restrained, but not without a streamlined and clean crispness and regal quality. Notes of superb Belgian yeast, light candi sugar, fresh grain, coriander and lemon zest in moderation, very light tangerine rind, a respectable maize component and no alcohol whatsoever comprise the bulk of the aroma. The remainder, in very small quantities, includes mint, honey and freshly picked white flowers. The nose is great, though Iíd prefer greater expression, at least of the yeast. It does topple the pyramid in one aspect, one that is most laudable: it is so clean itís heavenly. The flavor is very refreshing. Astringency is multifarious, with a breakdown of familiar acids as such - 60% lemon, 30% honey and 10% orange. Lovely malt, very clean throughout. Candi sugar is fully and perfectly utilized and never overzealous. The finish is lightly sweet and lightly sticking, lengthy and soft, peppery yeast and fruit lingering. The palate is silky soft and light bodied. Medium carbonation results in a great, easygoing, sessionable Belgian golden ale for the ages. This is great no matter what itís compared to.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mgumby, thanks again. Color is to be expected for the style, cloudy and a golden color. Aroma is subdued and elegant. Odd, I pick up a slight leather aroma. Crisp flavor, some slight citrus notes. Very refreshing.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Irishboy. Pours a hazy orange with a sall white head. Smells of some Belgian candy sugar, sweet malts, and maybe a touch of some spice. Overall quite mild. The flavor is somewhat mild like the aroma, but still quite tasty. Not extremely complex. Has more of a citric orange flavor mixed in with some candy sugar and sweet malts. Just a touch of a little funk and spice, but nothing over the top. Not mind blowing, but another nicely crafted brew from Russian River.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 3 bottle. Hazy golden, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is funky, lemony, more fruit notes, some hefelike qualities. Medium to light body, very drinkable. Somewhat sweet but not overly so, light tartness. Very tasty for such a light beer.