unclemattie (4116) - 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.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear gold with good carbonation and a frothy white head. Yeast esters, banana, clove, and spice fill teh nose. Light mouthfeel compliments the taste. Banana, lemon, breadiness up front with malt and spice in the back. Yum.
mds (2192) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden body with a creamy white head. The aroma is grassy with lemony hops and sweet doughy malts. The flavour has a lot of base cereal malts with a nice fruit character and herbal hops. Finishes spritzy and relatively brash. Quite refreshing.
Sampled at the Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party on March 24, 2007.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 From a 750mL Bottle, Batch 004. Pours a crystal clear, transparent color of brass, topped with a thick head of foamy white. Fruity and lightly spicy fruit esters, rich with smooth apple and pear, livened by some restrained earthy pepper. A fresh styrian goldings hop dose adds a wonderful herb garden floral character. Medium light bodied, heavy carbonated mouthfeel with a smooth, almost creamy texture. A pleasant, bready malt body up front on the palate, along with touches of wheat acidity. Light and easy drinking, but wonderfully malty as well. Classic Belgian yeast esters come out mid-palate, creating an earthy, birch bark perfume when combined with the garden fresh hops. Moderate-light hop finish, leaving behind a delicate lingering bitterness. Marvelous. Thanks, Julian!
Batch 001, on draft. Pours a light, but not pale, transparent golden color with a nice layer of tight white head. Clean, light fruit estery aroma of crisp pinot grigio grapes, under-ripe green pears and some meyer lemon zest. Very light, clean and dry mouthfeel with a crisp, sparkling carbonation. Extremely refreshing, and packed with delicate flavor complexity between the light fruits, gentle white pepper spice, and bready malts. Clean finish, with a hint of grassy hops. Perfect beer for a hot, sunny day.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Sampled@Port Solona: Pale golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is light and herbal. Flavor starts fruity with a hint of banana followed by lemon and seltzer with a peppery, dry finish. Medium bodied and spritzy with lively carbonation.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lots and lots of full pours at PP Belgian Fest on 3/24/07
I proudly proclaimed that Iíd give this as high a score as the bottled version, upon trying it. But I think that was a bit of overzealousness caused by the moment and how incredibly good this stuff is. But, I canít deny that the brett makes it a more enjoyable beer, with light tartness, more crispness and complexity and, in my mind, no drawbacks. The brett dosent dominate the beer, nor does it take away from the generous, but well-attenuated maltiness and clean, elegant, plastery-like saccharomyces nuances.
The appearance is similar to the bottled version, almost identical, of course, but for the much more controlled, smaller white head. Still a good bit of it, with light lacing left behind on the glass and a high clarity in the blonde liquid.
Iíll just say that for my money, this is about as good as saccharomyces gets. Very light, clean esters are neither overly sharp or exuberantly fruity, but yield more pear/nectarine/grapeskin-like notes. In concert with the delicate honey notes collected from the malt, itís one of the most elegant and understated aromas out there. Soft dough/plaster and very light vanilla sit on the end, further emphasizing the yeast. Minimal, peppery and grassy hops show only light aromatics and no bitterness, as an abbey singel should. Tough to put in to words such an understated, reserved beer, and for most, it will just come off as "too light" or "weak". Not in my opinion, thatís for sure.
Terrific balance is foremost its greatest factor in the flavor, possibly tied with drinkability. Very slightly chewy malt adds almost a wheat-like consistency and gives light vanilla, cream and lemon notes through the middle, that give quite a bit of flavor, for the beerís size. A flavor that I can only describe as rose water, or some type of floral-infused spring water, with a touch of pearskin, hangs about as well, climaxing on the finish, along with a pinch of nuttiness and light grain. Divinely clean with just a pinch of spicy phenolics on the end. Light carbonation, very strong texture for its size. Delicious and the best session beer on the market, IMHO. A lot of craftmanship to see here, if you take your time with it (or drink 5 or 6 glasses of it). Repeat after me, "Quality, not Quantity."
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I have to say I still cannot believe that it is only 4.8%. A much bigger tatsing beer with a great breadiness, smooth maltiness and a bit of hops. My favorite with a pizza since it has big flavors without being filling.
Earlier Rating: 12/10/2005 Total Score: 3.8
Tap at the Hopyard. A well constructed Belgian style ale. It appears quite clear, I would have expected a more unfiltered appearance.
Color is golden, head is medium thick and long lasting. Flavor and araoma are dominated by yeasty nuances.
Nice slighlty bitter taste on the palate with a lingering finish.
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. On tap. Nose of light candied Belgian phenols, yeasty and bready alike. Clear gold pour, with soap in white. Rich, spicy peppery tooth with a hint of sweet lemon, rounding full grain flavor and a satisfying light malt body over an amazing drinkability. Lemon thyme crispness curls balance in the backend. A truly satisfying beer in every sense.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Funky nose, pale gold color, fluffy sticky head. Sweet malt, yeast, citrus note. Thin body. Excellent Belgian style beer. Amazing that this was done in the USA.