jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours straw gold with a huge, dense head and some initial swirling effervescence. Good lacing. Aroma of hay, cloves, and citrus. Quite a big yeast smell, too. Very spicy, barnyardy flavor, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Creamy yet spritzy. Good.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a substantial white head. Aroma of citrus and clove. A cirussy taste at first with a crisp dry taste to follow.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of apricot, orange, clove, bread, yeast. Appears a a hazy deep yellow color with a mountainous rocky cream-colored head, and noticeable effervescence of medium-fine bubbles. Flavor is strong horseblanket and is quite spicy, with noticeable clove, coriander, and yeast flavors; and with a bready finish. Palate is medium to medium-thick with a finish that is very dry. Overall, this beer is equal to the sum of its parts and quite the brew that I expected and was hoping to find.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
White honey opague color. HUGE white head. Strong fruity bready nose. Spice light carbonated easily drinkable. Clove, nutmeg, and a huge bitter nose and taste balancing the sweetness of the spices. Bitter finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
huge white foamy head. cloudy yellow color. citrus fruit and yeast aroma. light body with lots of carbonation. spices, yeast, and citrus in flavor. hint of alcohol and bitterness.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer certainly looks good: sunny yellow with a big puffy white head. And the bottle’s pretty cool too. At first, this may seem like a simple and refreshing brew, and it is quite refreshing and could be enjoyed by someone looking for a simple brew. But if you’re willing to look a little further you’ll find a lot of things. If you need help identifying anything you come across, the coaster manufacturer put a checklist on the back of its product of things you might taste, smell, or feel while you’re enjoying this one. I got citrus, floral, cracked black pepper, honey with some cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all with a dry, slightly hoppy, finish. Good times here.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle all for myself. Happy weekend! Purchased at Broudy’s, Jacksonville FL. The cork popped like a fine champagne and the beer poured hazy orange into the recommended tulip glass (Duvel). A full white head developed which lasted a good while and laced the glass nicely. Very nice aromas of citrus and spices and hops and a bit of barnyard. Flavor is fairly bold with spice (esp. clove) and hops. Floral and citrus is evident, and the wild yeast is noticeable. Starts out a little tart but quickly smoothes. Finishes hoppy, dry and bitter. Good balance in spite of the complex, bold flavors. A very excellent brew. No problem at all sinking a 750.. wished for more..
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL green bottle. Immediately after opening this bottle I smelled skunk and I was terribly afraid this was going to be some sort of new hybrid: a skunky green-bottle Belgian. But somehow the skunk aroma was gone within 30 seconds of opening the brew; how odd. Murky straw color; small, settling sediment at the bottom of the bottle; absurdly huge, white, bubbly and frothy head. Aroma is heavily citrusy, Belgian yeast, cloves, and that cliché "horse blanket." Flavor is fairly typical Belgian up front, but the finish is surprisingly long, dry, and hoppy; more citrus and spice, along with a bit of wheat/hay. Initially very, very overcarbonated, but it settles down after sitting open for a while; medium body and barely stick. Not nearly my favorite, but a very good brew all the same.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from magnum bottle. Pours hazy orange with a creamy off-white head and intricate lacing. Aroma is orange, clove, horseblanket, and other spices. Flavor is balanced up front and tart with a lingering bitterness. Citrus, banana and a medley of spices present. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. A well-made beer and a must try. This is the gold standard (but not my favorite example) of the style.
DocLock (9998) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line, Elkton, MD. Pours hazy gold with a 3-finger blanket of white head that looks like new fallen snow. Concentric lace rings were left after I drank this one. The aroma is barnyardy, with hops, citrus, some earthy hints, and some horse blanket. The taste is citrusy, with hops, some floral spicy notes, and more barnyard. Medium palate, this one gets smoother and well rounded as it warms.