booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I used a corkcrew and some elbow grease to get this baby open. It's kind of rough and undisciplined- lots of strange flavors and combinations. Tastes like buckwheat, that's for sure. Not as good as I'd hoped.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Faily solidly constructed. Nice sunset color with a lot of sticky white foam. Sarts out a bit too carbonated (as stated by others) Mildly tart guezesque (is that a word?) nose with lemon and a little barnyard with an undertone of vannila. Mouthfeel is too sharp from the carbonation at first but settles into a sweet malty/honeied charactor. Moderatly herbal with notes of wood, doughy yeast, dust, and cream.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
overly carbonated, no aroma, truly forgettable
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I needed pliers to free the cork from this 750, but when I got it, it came out without a sound. It poured with a nice creamy head and deep chestnut color. The head recedes after a bit. Delicately carbonated with a wonderful mouthfeel. Aroma is earthy with a nice balance between fruity yeast, clean spicy hops and a malty caramel and molasses richness. Flavors of above plus fruit, dried and fresh, a healthy sweetness and a very full, pleasing finish, with a bit of mineral bite (iron?) and faint sourness. This stuff is superb. I donít actually detect the buckwheat, but this is a winner. Almost has a barleywine character.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First buckwheat for me. Copper red-orange-brown. Large frothy head subsides to leaving small veins of lace dribbling in retreat. Interesting aroma of hops, herbs and spice(vanilla?) also some familiar, but undetermined odors. Starts pretty sweet, turning mildly acidic. then finishing a touch bitter. No hops biting the tongue. Warming up, it has an off aftertaste that is not unpleasant yet isnít that great. I think this would be a better balance ingredients if it had an ABV 7%+. Iíll try it again.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild Belgian aroma, with a little hop noticable when you first open the bottle. Good label, medium oak-stain brown with a light beige head. Generally mellow, with a creamy consistancy. Has a grassy/vegetable/sunflower seed tone to it. Iíve gotta disagree with the commercial description entirely: Itís not particularly well-hopped, nor spicy, nor is the aroma very rich. The premium price that this bottle commanded would be better enjoyed elsewhere.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is probably the first ever belgian that Iíve been disappointed by. It started off o.k. - typical yeasty, slightly sour, floral/fruity. the flavors started to get a little ugly about half way thru - got a little bit metallic. Perhaps the 5% alc isnít enough to sustain the bottle conditioning. Also - the Buckwheat - where the heck was it? I didnít get any buckwheat anywhere in this! (and oh, how I love buckwheat pancakes!)
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big disappointment, but I suspect something was up with my bottle. I got no ílarge, frothy, white, fully lastingí head Iím afraid, just a thin drizzle. Lovely orange hazy color though. Nose was doughy and slightly floral; flavor malty/yeasty but very flat and sour turning to real bitterness on the end. Rather unpleasant overall; thinnish body and a flatness throughout that could be from a bad bottle, I suppose; but Iím not anxious to get back to it soon!
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 Lot 2 - 2006 bottling.
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark brownish-amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, wort, toasted grain, nuts, chocolate), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of honey, toffee, shrimp, and orange peel.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation.
Definitely different than older bottles Iíve had. Maltier, darker in color (both head and body), and sweeter (a little too much). There are some off notes (wort and seafood) that pop up every couple of sniffs, but itís pretty neat otherwise.
fiulijn (13000) - MalmŲ, ITALY - JAN 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber ale. Malt aroma, wet paper. Strange roasted grains flavour, not barley like, that provides a strong body. Nice palate, much longer than íJosephí, but still with the íroastedí note.