mikeschuld (55) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and slightly smoky aromas. Not a lot of head and no lacing to speak of. Great complexity in the flavors with just a hint of alcohol taste at the end. Mostly covered up by the malt sweetness and spiciness imparted by the yeast. I don’t personally like the clove flavors that many Belgian styles have but it was very well done in this beer.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
My Bottom Line:
Loud cherry esters and bubblegum phenols lean on caramel and diacetyl (yuck) before a tart splash cleans up the rather unfortunate mess.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the brown with amber hues.
-Alcohol is well hidden throughout.
-There is no refinement at all in the flavour profile. The yeast is just out of control.
-The soft carbonation and hefty sugars are not authentic at all.
On tap at the brewery restaurant.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Six Rivers Brewpub... Poured hazy brown/mahogany with a thin, khaki head that hardly lasted. Aroma was buttery/diacetyl with grains and yeast notes. Mild carbonation, a little dry with sweet, creamy, almost lactose-like tones which hinted towards vanilla, diacetyl. Also grains and mild fruit notes, like citrus which may have came from hops. A little funk before a warming alcohol finish.