FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well Sara is a lively lass, well carbonated and topped by a thick, flowing prodigiously locked tan head. Copper in color with perhaps a light haze to it. A solid grainy, grassy aroma, along with a bit of interesting spicy character is found in the nose. As I explore the aroma a bit more I detect a nuttiness and some fruity notes, with banana and peach predominant. Sara has a lightly sweet taste up front and finishes with a bit of astringency. There is a certain mustiness here and a certain spiciness as well. This beer has a certain something to it that I can't quite place (it is a note in the aftertaste that is just different). If not for this note, this would be a pretty straight forward beer. This beer does need a little bit something more to balance out the up front sweetness. Overall, I do like this, it could just use a bit more complexity.
Jayb0 (1088) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice depth of flavor when compared to the Silenrieux Joseph. Appetizing dark amber, cloudy. Full bodied, slightly sour.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged bottle. It had a large sized ivory head that was foamy with fine-medium sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was slightly carbonated and hazy with a mahogany hue. The nose was malty, sweet, spicy, some banana and clove notes as well as alcohol. The flavor of this beer was a little sour, malty, caramel and some clove. The mouthfeel was smooth and this beer's lacing was sparse. Worth a try.
thedm (5136) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This corked and caged bottle poured a very large head of mostly lasting light brown colored foamy bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was very hazy so as to be semi-opaque and dark brown colored with no hope of seeing any carbonation. The aroma is very nice and full of caramel and brown malts with a mild vinuous note. The mouth feel is semi-dry tingly and smooth with a lingering brown beer finish. The flavor contains notes of brown malts caramel clove and other mild spices.
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. big ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged bottle. Date on cork was unreadable, maybe it wasn't a date at all, but it looked like it. Anyway, it poured out a deep, clear amber color, with a huge white head. It slowly slid back to a more-than-generous lacing along the side of the glass, and on top of the beer.
Aromas are of bananas mostly, with some definite cloves in the background. Some cotton candy, and strong maltiness make up the remainder of the aromas. Some slight spiceiness as well. Corriander, lemon peel, and some phenolic characteristics in the taste. Not quite Band-Aid, but not far off either. Lemony aftertaste makes for an interesting contrast in flavors. Not too bad for a buckwheat beer, in my humble opinion.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This deep amber beer was pleasant but I seem to have missed the buckwheat somewhere. Other than that it was a beer that offered some complexity and substance. Not overly hoppy, it relies on it's malt chacteristics for its aroma and flavor. Quite drinkable and worth trying for something a little different.
PorterPounder (6209) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a generous white, fluffy head with lots of lacing. Light golden, hazy appearance. Aroma has elements of bananas, flowers and cloves. Smooth mouthfeel, soft and silky. Flavor - some banana and cloves. A bit spiciness to top it off. A good way to top off 2003 and welcome in 2004.
mmather (145) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice easy drinking beer with lost of flavor. Kind of reminded me of a Duvel-light. Nice crisp, flowery aroma.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color; head was frothy and "Cottony"; nose was clean but slightly metallic. Interesting sweetness. Very nice. Definitely exhibits the nuttiness expected from a buckwheat ale. Malty, peaty, smoky.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper with a thin head. Sour barnyard and bready malt aroma, reminiscent of a saison. Interesting cookie dough bready malt flavor with a dry buckwheat finish. Flowery clover taste and good complexity make this a very under-rated beer, that is as long as you get a good bottle.