Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub, Bellaire. Hazy red-brown body, thin off-white head. Grassy with light bitterness and blackberry, reminiscent of Founders Rubaeus but sharper and less sweet, and with the interesting kick of tannic tea cake elements that cleans up the fruit nicely.
bpar73 (328) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Short;s Summer Kickoff Party. Poured a pinkish purple-red. Aroma and taste of berries. Sweet, but not over sweet. A nice fruit beer.
pete4999 (961) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brickhouse in Madison, WI as part of The Beer Spot GT pre-party. Got a nice full pour. Not much carbonation in it, poured an almost still, mostly clear purple-red. Smelled and tasted of blackberries/blueberries/raspberries. Very sweet but still drinkable - not sickly sweet. I would definitely like to have this one again; I’m not much for fruit beers but this was one of the best I’ve had.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small pour on tap at Brickhouse BBQ (Madison, WI). Pours a richer reddish ruby hue, a good small lacing of tannish head, dies to a film, laces small. A rich glow, firm haze, glowing beauty with lively carbonation. Aromas are gentle berry, earthy tea, touches of raspberry and mellow bready malts. Earthy tea elements, dryness, wood. Initial is mellow berry, cherry and raspberry up front, a touch fizzy. Middle is more mellow, a touch sweet, mellow dryness, moving into a firm earthy and touch woody finish. Black tea elements into the middle and backend, a bit of tart berry up front. Some good play, lighter body but firm berry/tea play overall. More earthy and woody finish brings it home for me, black tea, some grass, fuzzy carbonation. Very interesting, flavorful, and surprisingly well balanced beer. Good flavors. I’m a fan