pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml brown bottle. Brown with ruby highlights. Hazy. Thin, smooth, tight beaded head formed. Aroma of fruit - bananas, cloves, brown sugar. flavour mirrors aroma - banana and clove, with a note of alcohol. Sour/bitter note to the finish.
chris081283 (7) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a really great beer! It does not look inspiring, yet tastes it. I would have it again and again if it were not for the strength (though i doubt that to be such a bad thing)
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Pouring out a strangely earthy brown color, there was a thin light brown head that quickly transformed into a glass-encircling halo. Little carbonation. The aroma was acrid, almost vinegary. Despite all that, the taste wasn’t bad... not "gentle" as the commercial description states, but a strong sour fruit flavor with a touch of spices... perhaps even cloves, as the com-desc suggests. Tart, sour finish.
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RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at Microbar, Battersea. A big thick, white head and dark golden brown colour. Banana and toffee in the aroma, some clove. A nice rich beer, slightly sweet. Couldn’t guess it was 8%.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy, ruby red color with a dissapointing tan head. Be sure and swirl the bottom of the bottle to attempt to get such a head as is in the picture. Aroma of banana, clove, leather, caramel and a bit of mold. VERY complex flavors matching the aroma and adding a yeasty componant with a bit of chalk. Spritzey rich mouth feel with a satisfying bitterness and alcohol bite. The benchmark for the style, Aventinus remains the champion.
Gachupines (1251) - USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Easy drink, fairly bitter at the end. Strong clove taste evident. I’d probably have this one again, just not often.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Prettz good beer, though I expected a little more. Really does taste like a cross between a dunkles Hefeweizen and a Bock. Flavors of banana, plumbs and cloves. Quite smooth.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a great surprise and combination of flavors! A high alcohol content without an overpowering taste, a deep reddish colored hue, solidly built head, a bit cloudy in appearance, sweet aroma and wonderfully complex palate. A very fine choice that’s well done.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 I continuually re-rate this one and now it is amongst my favorites. Perfect every time. smells like sweet cloves and tastes like banana, caramel, cola, wood, and a hint of cigar! Fantastically well pitched flavour! I am so surprised to have discovered this beer. Hooray for Germany!
altermexx (1) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the all-time favourites. Very complex and really fresh. Beware of the alcohol, though ;-)