bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark beer with a nice off-white head. Light roasty/caramel/malty aroma. Plum fruits, caramel, and lots of malt in the flavor with light sourness. Easy ending.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, poured at the 2006 Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party. Murky brown coloring with a thin ring of light beige head. Very Belgian aroma of cinnimon, clove, blackberry, and raisin spice. Texture is a bit thin, but has interesting roasted malt and coffee textures that are a pleasant surprise when revealed after the yeasty breadiness. Belgian rendition of a nut brown ale, anyone? Smack of nutty gouda cheese.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing that coated the glass. Aroma of toffee, yeast, malts, spices, and light citrus fruits. Taste is chocolately, with dried fruits, nuts, and a faint yeastiness as well.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a murky dark brown and is lightly carbonated. The flavor is dry with a cocoa-powder like quality to it
It was simple, refresshing and different.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep mahogany hue topped by a fading beige head and good light lace on my snifter.
The aroma has notes of flowery and grassy hops on top of chocolate and caramel malts, hints of coffee, plum, pepper, rye and cardamom. It even has a touch of brett-like twang (think early Jolly Pumpkins). It’s nose is nicely simple and yet abit refined.
The taste has a combination of tartness (both fruity and lactic) with some bitterness (both hops and coffee) layered over a base of mild sweet malts and finishing with just a note of spice and walnut. Again, much like the nose the flavor profile is simple yet it displays a sublime depth that I really enjoy working to find.
The palate is surprisingly light and airy with just enought carbonation to keep you interested.
A wow for this beer, I really did not expect much but in the end found it to be a solid brew with so much more going for it than history dictates.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewpub. Pours dark reddish brown with a beigey tan, creamy head that leaves great lacing. Dominated by roasty malts with hints of coffee - fairly one dimensional. Roasty malt flavor, more coffee, bold floral and citric hops, rye yeast character. Smooth medium body with gentle carbonation. Interesting but not my favorite at all.
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark opaque brown with no head. Sweet caramel taste with a mocha aroma. On tap at the pub.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at brewery. Aroma is slight caramel with roasted malts. Taste is slighty roasty with hops lightly showing through, a bit bland in my opinion.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub. Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is chocolate and dark fruit. A medium bodied Belgian ale. Malts are somewhat roasty and a little stout like (chocolate and coffee) with a lots black cherry and bananas. Nice smooth taste, A touch spicy and yeasty, with some malty. WOW interesting beer. Roasty yet fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Who else would make a Valentines Day beer and call it REJECTION? Brilliant…..
luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Santa Rosa Pub.
Aroma: slightly sour, grassy and slightly spicy
Appearance: Dark brown, very little off white head...
Flavor: Flavors started slightly sweet, immediately followed by sour and slight toasty notes. Noticed more fruity characters as the beer warmed up
Palate: Light on the tongue nice bit of carbonation enjoyabel to the last sip.
Overall: Another excellent Belgian Style brewed by Russian River... anytime I make a trip up ther I have to try the Belgians. In my opinon no one in the Bay Area can match Vinnie for the quality, variety and number of Belgian style beers on tap