TAR (2469) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale golden. Fluffy white maintains a fine layer of creaminess as it collapses at a relatively quick pace. Bright notes of honeysuckle, herbs, aniseed, pineapple, and honeydew melon delight the olfactory senses, along with inklings of crackers, straw, and minerals. Very perfumey. Robust and fairly loose carbonation. Virtually weightless first sip reveals airy phenols and an acidic sparkle of honeydew and unripe peaches. Honeysuckle flavors accentuate and seemingly prolong the slick fruitiness, though the body is slightly flabby. Malts are extracted cleanly and do showcase some pleasant straw and cracker aspects, but their lack of depth fails to match and enhance the crunchy, palate-scrubbing phenols. Undeniably quenching, quaffable and clean. Leafy herbs sharpen their bite toward the latter half and pierce the layer of flabbiness. Bitterness is beautifully restrained, yet possesses a sharp herbal and grassy quality which is underlined by a rounded lemony tartness. Finishes dry with a brisk phenolic snap, as well as slickly fruity with lemon oil, melon and a present yet underutilized malt-derived starchiness. Lingering malts teeter on the edge of grainy. While this batch is well constructed, I prefer the deeper Pilsner maltiness of the first batch. Top-notch stuff, though. Simply stunning in all its modesty, yet staggeringly complex at the same time. This still ranks as one of the best session beers on the planet, even without the brett. Vinnie sure knows how to get the most out of his yeast.
Stine (1546) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 Batch 002. A very cloudy pour, though bright and golden. Fermenting fruit cocktail, weeds, sweat, and cow farm hay on the nose. Pungent and warm. A sparkle of pear and champagne taste leads. Dandelion stems and spinach leave strange vegetal creases on a buttery malt body. Cloves finish. A touch of creaminess in the mouth is slightly misplaced. Sprightly and sharp otherwise. A bit quiet with a very understated complexity, almost kept in secret. Thanks Keith!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Russian River on draught in mid-June 2007. Very light clear golden with a white head. Clove, a little grass and banana in the nose. Flavor of pale/pils malt, lightly phenolic, clove, banana, hay and citrus/lemon. Medium bodied, smooth texture with fine-beaded carbonation. Well-done.
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Batch 002. Pours a hazy golden orange with an intense white head. Excellent lacing. Biscuity nose with hints of clove and citrus. Smooth complex body. Initial sweetness gives way to a crisp hoppy edge with hints of banana, lemon and clove.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, Batch 002. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon/lime/orange zest, Juicy Fruit gum, clove, spearmint, pepper, honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Belgian golden ales just don’t get much tastier, cleaner, or more complex than this. Yes, it’s got a bit less going on in the nose and less tartness than the perfect 5 that was Bretty Redemption, but what’s left is still nothing short of amazing. And here I was all prepared to give it a mid-3 score. Sheesh.
JohnnyJ (4320) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Pour is orange with a bit of red and a nice white head. Aroma of fruity malt, hops, lemon, and spices. Flavors of Belgian yeast, citrus, banana, lemon, and some sourness. Very refreshing and tasty.
bhensonb (10935) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle from Ledgers. Rich aroma of malt and grassy hop at first. Almost like a very rich lager. Except there is fruit present. Orange tinged gold color. White head, which left rather rapidly. Medium mouthfeel, a bit fizzy, and there is a slick feel for a moment. It finishes with some spice and bitter. There is a lot of fruit and spice in the middle. For me the fruit is stone fruit and orange. It is really very tasty, and it could be taken for a Belgian import.
hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 From the corked and caged 500 ml bottle purchased from the brewpub this poured a cloudy yellow gold with a nice sized white head that left average lacing. Big nose of fruit, with banana first, but also touches of apple, pears, and apricot. Mouthfeel is rich and almost oily. Yeasty flavor and a dry finish. Nice Belgian Ale.
unclemattie (4166) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
25April07 on tap @ Russian River. light golden color. strong malt aroma. malt flavors. balanced hop finish. very basic.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful golden honey color with fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, and spices. smooth light palate. Taste of banana, spice, lemon sourness, and spices with a crisp dry finish.