FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer named Short Batch #6
Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale, one-finger thick head. The color is red with gold tones to it. The aroma smells of orange flowers, vanilla, some woody notes and only a hint of oak spiciness. Honey-like malt aromatics combine with the orange notes to remind me of an orange-creamsicle (a mix of fruit and malt/sugar). Some spiciness is here in the nose as well with turpenes, pepper, a slight medicinal note and some ginger that all subtly influence the aroma. I really like the oak integration here in the aroma.
Much more oak character is noticeable in the aroma than it was in the nose; here it is quite spicy with notes of pepper, hot notes that accentuate the alcohol and an astringent finish with some light tannins. Big orange and vanilla flavors are also noticeable in the flavor and these mix well with sweet honey-like flavors. The texture is smooth, but has a peppery carbonation to it; the beer is on the thick side of the style, but this works with the oak notes and other flavors. The beer is quite well balanced between sweet and fruit notes with the oak character and fermentation derived spiciness. This is really quite enjoyable; the balance between the extremes really works here, if it hadnít this would have been unbalanced by either the too sweet / fruity or by the sharp / spicy / alcohol notes.
TeamTrappist (829) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured an orange amber. Nose is banana and light Belgian yeast. Lots of carbonation meets with lots of banana and bread notes and a ton of sweetness. Biscuity bready and sweet bananas with a somehow dry finish. Needs some tweaking.
Leighton (8746) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. So I guess as a traditional triple people can find fault with this beer - it is pretty damn sweet. But itís also pretty tasty...Anyway, it pours orange-gold with slight haze. Standard triple aroma: Light citrus, phenols, some bubblegum, mild yeast. The flavor is sweet, plenty of banana and apple. Feels a bit juicy, a bit syrupy in the tail. Medium body with average carbonation. True, it doesnít "dry out" the way a triple should. Totally drinkable though, just not in line with tradition.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Swift Hibernian. Pours a hazy golden with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is belgian yeastiness- fruity esters, some phenolics sweet doughy carapils malt and some candy sugar. Flavor of candy sugar (that may not have dried the beer out at all) as it finishes kinda sweet- belgian yeast, lots of big bready crackery sweet belgian pale malts toast, sugary, phenolic clove- then spicy earthy some pepper and cardamon hints in the finish. Too sweet- not dry enough. Ok.
Cybercat (2783) - Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap an enticing translucent honey amber with a thick and fairly persistent off-white head. Rich aroma is malty and slightly fruity. Ferocious malty flavor has yeasty and banana undertones and a fierce alcoholic bite. Texture is jagged, lively and slightly bitter. For a true beer connoisseur!
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Swift Hibernian. Wickedly sweet, clove, white sugar, HFCS aroma. My nose reels in horror. The flavor is almost unbearable; as I pour this down my throat, my body starts shaking and I soon enter sugar shock. WTF is this crap? Come on Smutty, you can do better. Iíve made this amazing discovery of a microorganism called "yeast", I offer you some free of charge.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Swift Hibernian: Hazy golden pour with a thick dense well retained white head. Sweet rich doughy Belgian pale malt aroma- some alcohol notes as well with a honey note. Slick body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is sweet as well with a touch of alcohol underneath the honeyish Belgian pale malts. Thereís a drier note of bread crust accompanied by some chalky phenolics. A bit too sweet (like most American interpretations of the style).
malrubius (1515) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Novare Resís Smuttynose event last month. (Been waiting for someone to add it. Thanks, Joe.) Golden with nice white head. Yeasty spicy aroma with banana esters and honey. Honey apricot sweet fruitiness with dry spicy medium bitter finish. Complex with slightly heavy full mouthfeel and a little alcohol in the finish. Comes together nicely though.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Vermont Brewerís Fest 2009. Pale golden beer. The aroma has a lot of banana and clove with a little bit of apricot as well. Softly sweet and quite unsubtle. Lingering Belgian yeasty spice and a bit of soft fruit. Fairly sweet with a bit of bubble gum character as well. Itís not all that good, but it isnít bad either.