jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Too sweet and syrupy and too disjointed to be very enjoyable. Short off-white head. Hazy amber body. The nose has a strong yeast smell of mold and damp basement. Behind that are some malty notes of cookie along with sweet pear and peach. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic. Some tartness in the finish. Medium body with a syrupy, sticky texture. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming. While the aromas and flavors are all there individually, they don’t blend together the way they do in a good Belgian strong ale. In fact, they don’t have much of a chance because they are overrun by the sugary sweetness.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to mcbackus for sending me this one. After the twist off helmet broke it took me a good 10 minutes to pry it off so I could pop the cap, this one was worth it. Poured a medium brown body with thin head. Aroma is dried fruit, plums, and candied sugar. Flavor is dried fruit, plums, candied sugar, light melons and earthy tones. Very drinkable and quite nice. Thanks Matt.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. dark amber beer with a low off-white head. Caramel, light fig/plum aroma. Caramel, light yeast, light dark fruit flavor. Medium-light body. Lingering caramel, light sweetness, light yeast. Very caramel. Yeast could be stringer.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
The earthy yeast of a Belgian countryside barnyard swirls within juicy tangerines and their spicy peel in this undercarbonated but pleasantly dirty Belgian-style Strong Ale. Too bad about the bottle conditioning issue because they’ve got a most authentic libation here.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A wispy head surfs the cloudy orange sunlight.
-There is no alcohol appearance at all in the flavor profile.
-There was no pop upon uncorking, so the nearly flaccid carbonation was not much of a surprise.
-That yeast is definitely redolent of a Fantôme’s (or Blaugies’) flavorful, rural uncleanliness.
-That tangerine fruitiness proffers some honeyed suggestions.
-The body is healthily lean, but is sadly depreciated by the lack of carbonation.
-A few floral hops dance within, perfectly integrated.
-There is a lot of potential here for an authentic Belgian-style ale; I hope to get to try different batches of it later on to see if they’ve reached my high expectations for them.
Bottle. Thx Jason!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange gold with a white head. Aroma, toasted notes, floral hops, some yeast and spices. Flavor, spices, yeasty, some slight funky notes, floral hops. Medium to light body, a pleasant carbonation. Pretty solid.
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of artusory
Bottle: The aroma is yeasty along with some plastic notes and faint sour apple. It pours a hazy amber with a small white head. The flavor is sweet and yeasty up front with some faint sour apple in the background. The finish has some faint floral bitternes. Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 bottle by way of dragonstout. pours a rich coppery color (hazy when the yeast gets added) with an off white head that vigorously foams up then fades to a film. initial aroma is distinctly like a corked bottle of wine along with apple pie spice/ REAL hard cider, button mushrooms (bloomy white mold), caramel and a light fruity tartness similar to cooked lemon skins. flavors of belgian yeast, cinnamon and the same profiles as the aroma. the white moldy flavor shows back up in the finish along with some alcohol warmth. light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. it’s not terrible, just ’off’. there’s definitely something wrong with the bottle and it needs a re rate...5/3/5/3/8/2.4
bottle from sparky27...
rich hazy iced tea color with a small off white head and slight lacing. the aroma has some sour orange and apricot to it along with earthy carrots, caramel and spices. the flavor packs a lot of maltiness yet it is quite dry.... orange, flowers, caramel, sweet red apples and a touch of spice on the dry finish. so smooth and terribly well balanced.
it would appear as if the kinks have been worked out.
larsniclas (6690) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Thx marsiblursi.
Amber with a small, white head.
Pretty sweet and malty aroma.
Flavour from cedar and some light toffee.
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of PhillyBeer2112. Pour is clear orange golden with visible carbonation bubbles and a one inch cream white head. Aroma of apple sweet-sour, and some yeastiness. Taste is initially the apple sweetness, but gives way quickly to a more sticky, honey sweetness. The finish is a bit long and cloying. Alcohol heat is present throughout the entire flavor. This beer had some nice pieces, but the whole really didn’t come together too well. I do love that a new, smaller brewery is making a beer such as this - daring stuff. Thanks for sending this my way, Dan!
As others have mentioned, this was a very difficult cork to get open, I actually had my cork screw break off in the cork, had to pull it out with a wrench. No worries, it was an old cork screw.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ML bottle courtesy of gunhaver.
Plan for 10 minutes to even get this one open. Getting the cork cage off proved to be very difficult, the wire broke. Getting the cork out was a task as well, had to use a wine bottle opener. I"ve heard that the new bottles have better corks.
Pours a hazy brown color with very little head that quickly disappears. Aroma of fruit, yeast, spices, and a little funkiness. Taste of fruit, malt, earthiness, a subtle sourness. Interesting brew, but not great.