after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Coppery dark amber with no head and minimal wispy lace. Gently restrained candi sugar nose. Medium body, overcarbonated to perfection (truly perfect--itís way fizzy but somehow itís palatable in small doses). Floral, candi, candied fruit notes all show up on the mid-palate, along with some bubble gum. Light candied pine finish. Rough, raw, and unsubtle, and certainly not sessionable, but interesting for sure. Looking forward to trying it in bottles this year; canít believe I havenít before now.
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Duck Island (2006 vintage)
Picking over a nice selection of locals I settled on this one. Trying new beers from breweries Iíve never heard of is a nice way to expand the horizons. This one was solid and enjoyable. Itís not going to rock your world (unless you come from macros) but still worth a try. Having said that next time I return there are other options I will explore first.
Aroma / Appearance - A one finger white head rested above a semitransparent orange body. Spices, cranberry cake and cherry notes highlighted a fruity experience. It fades quickly so you have to pay attention to what is going on.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel lightly slides down the throat. After a while the taste of coriander, cinnamon and cranberries come out. Despite being a little watery there is a heaviness to the beer. Take your time with this one; it was almost empty before I found the sweet spot.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was forewarned that I was ordering a bottle of perfume and curiosity won out. I enjoyed this beer, which was billed as the Grand Crue on tap at Duck Island in Seattle. Orange-amber hue is warm and friendly and fronds of lace are nice. Nose is soapy and mild. Taste is quite the array of berries, perfume and hop. A good soft mouthfeel. An odd and entertaining beer.
AmEricanbrew (5850) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Clear amber color with a reddish hue and a light tan head. Strong smell of coriander and grains. Medium bodied with a frothy mouthfeel. Taste has lots of coriander and spiced tea herbalness with a bready biscuit malt flavor.
The herbs and spices dominate the flavor here.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange pour, tall and rocky off-white head with creamsicle hues. The aroma is fruity and lightly perfumed, with notes of mango, orange, cumin, coriander, white pepper and flowers. A hint of lavender and a slight dousing of alcohol round out the nose. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly spiced, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Fruit notes lead the charge, but succumb to a spice attack mid-palate. Light toasty malt hides in the shadows. Alcohol warmth begins a finish that is somewhat peppery and leaves fruit notes lingering, mildly drying. Mouthfeel is light-medium to medium bodied, well carbonated and lively. Pretty good, quite spicy.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany with a light head and sheets of lace. Very sweet nose with notes of citrus and spruce or pine. Caramel in there as well. Bitter hops and sweet malts in the flavors. A bit of heat comes through. Almost a bit sickly sweet. Thick and full bodied with alcohol heat in the end.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at The Tap House. Pours a clear bright copper with a lacy white head. Aroma of apricots and spice. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet and spicy taste that for some strange reason reminded me of banana and pepperoni sandwich - not that Iíve ever had such a sandwich.
BrewDad (5002) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster - Hop Scotch Spring Beer Festival Ė Seattle WA
Deep orange color with a thin head. This was a nice Belgian to drink. The flavors where fruity and dry. This did have some extra buttery notes and the finish was just a tad off. I am not a Belgian drinker so this could be my issues.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Larry Pitonka. Pours orange with a thin white head. Smells of spices, dough, ginger, cumin. Tastes of spice with a full malt profile. Mouthfeel is thick with a wintery spice finish.
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Served in a Trappist glass. Sampled at Uber Tavern. Pours a thin, white dissipated head with a deep ruby body. Nose is incredibly aromatic: very perfume, malty. Flavour is mildly soapy with an oily ointment texture and a cherry medicine finish. It really tastes much better than the descriptors Iíve used. Honest.