obguthr (3827) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeasty barley aroma. Shimmering amber, thick head, good retention. Medium body, chewy, alcohol noticeable. Malty with only subtle apple highlights. Finishes with grass and apple core.
CanIHave4Beers (3253) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Crazy. This beer’s 351st rating.
Pours pretty enough, a nice deep golden, bordering on a light orange... or rust... but solidly in the richer end of "golden" It’s got a big head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is spicy & bready with some light fruitiness... like pear & pineapple but these are faint. It’s mostly like a hearty bread with some cooking spice, decently pleasant.
The fruitiness comes out much more strongly in the flavor, it’s got a good bit of pineapple flavor and the sort of sweet on tart character that goes along with that. The beer is spicy, enjoyably so & in a way that does a decent job balancing the fruit character. The bitterness is light but well integrated. It’s got some yeasty & bready notes, but pulls those off without giving a terribly muddled character.
The palate is sharp, prickly, and a touch heavy.
Overall I think this is very enjoyable & it works pretty well as my last rating for the month of March.
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. This beer’s 350th rating. Pours a slighly hazy copper with a large foamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of canned pineapple, spice, toasted malt, faint marzipan. The taste is toasted malt, stone fruits, green apple, spice, yeast, mild nutty notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Not what I was expecting at all, but solid.
fidelis83 (1950) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy gold to peach pour with a 1 finger, creamy off white head. Aroma is toast, cereal, light and tart Belgian fruity esters and a little citrus. Flavor is grainy pale malt, a little toast, doughy yeast, light spice, light tree and stone fruit and some earthy, planty hops tot the finish. Medium body with a light to medium, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation, oily entry and oily, but somewhat dry and lightly chalky finish. Good stuff overall, simple but satisfying.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draught at Redbones, 3/14/14
I was pretty excited to see this on tap, not having huge expectations, as it’s obviously the contract brewed (Susquehenna Brewing, I believe) version. But despite having mostly awful experiences with their drafts, you do occasionally get a good one (Keller Pils, Left Coast IPA).
This was not to be the case.
Clear amber body topped by a white head showing moderate retention.
Sweet, simple, crystal malts in the nose followed by...more crystal malts and ending in...crystal malt. The slightest brush of Belgian yeast with a touch of fruitiness and light vanilla. Seemingly unhopped....
In the mouth, we have the crystal malt from the nose and a similar lack of hops. Sure, biere de gardes arent hoppy styles, but I dont even taste bittering hops here. It’s just all hard candy-like sweetness, buttercream, light raisins and a touch of red fruits. Absolutely unwaveringly simplistic, underattenuated and terribly cloying.
Amazing that they were able to make a Belgian/French style this bad without any infections or technical flaws.
Should have named it Southampton Single Malt Unhopped Series - Crystal 120.
Maybe some day I’ll get to try the real version (pictured). It’s really a shame these garbage contract versions get lumped in with the actual (good) bottled versions.
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours orange with a thin white head. Doesn’t have a lot of lacing. Has a slight fruitiness on the nose. Definitely get the fruitiness on the tongue. There’s like an apple thing on the finish. It’s another solid beer from these guys.
drfabulous (3982) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Greg. Pale orange color. Slight fruit component but not dry or funky.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden bodied with a short white head. Grainy and grassy nose with soft fruit notes and rife with yeast. Taste is toasted malt, light caramel, grains, bread, soft fruit, yeast and grass. Body is light-medium with a strong, effervescent carbonation. Ends with more toasted malt, caramel notes, grains, toasted dark bread, yeast, ripe fruits and light grassy notes.
fiercepanda (544) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A hazy golden orange beer with a small white head. The aroma is grain, grass, lemon, floral. The flavor is lightly bitter, spicy, and peppery, a little fruity.
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, pear, apple, grape, bread, clove, pepper, floral, herbal, light coriander, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, clove, pepper, light coriander, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, light fruits, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. A bit too dry on the flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good biere de garde style. Good complexity and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Needed a bit more malt in the flavors, but otherwise a nicely enjoyable offering.