Stine (1490) - 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 (6161) - 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 donít get much tastier, cleaner, or more complex than this. Yes, itís got a bit less going on in the nose and less tartness than the perfect 5 that was Bretty Redemption, but whatís left is still nothing short of amazing. And here I was all prepared to give it a mid-3 score. Sheesh.
JohnnyJ (4267) - 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 (10805) - 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 (3322) - 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 (4135) - 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.