MIBRomeo (2493) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a very light champagne looking w/ lots of carbonation and a big frothy well laced white head. Smells odd wierdly sour and yeasty w/ a touch of dough. Palate is a little light well coated and lightly carbonated. Flavor is a touch wour a wierd yeast taste hints of an odd light fruit sweetness and a light touch of alcohol. Overall pretty good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
muddy yellow pour with a thin white halo of a head. Straw-like & grassy aroma with evident yeast & pineapple notes & subtle white grape & banana cream and lingering wheatiness. Tart & lactic characteristics surround grassy & yeasty flavors. Subtle spicing remains mostly hidden in the tart and yeasty shadows. Impressive mouthfeel..creamy & full with a lingering tartness and straw-like bitterness. Quite dry. Pretty straight forward wit IMO.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle (2005) shared with the scintillating, sensational ClarkVV in his humble abode. Furious bubbling action erupts from the yeasty core at the center of the still pale golden body, a dark planet at the center of a bright sun...moderately snowy head graces the lip of the glass, lasting forever and providing opaque sheets of lace...butter cookies, tart lemon, vanilla and subtle spices in the effervescent nose...sensuous mouthfeel with a bitter-honeyish floral character, soft and warming with a bit helping of cookie sugar and cookie-dough yeastiness...acidic lemon and sweet orangepeel prominent in the finish...another absolute gem from Phil & company.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 2005 bottle provided by and shared with Muzzlehatch, 5/20/2005. Perfect appearance in my book: huge white head, which lasts forever and provides for tons of lace. Intense, tiny bubbles, cloudy, goldenrod appearance. Aroma of coriander, lemon puffs, Belgian yeast, starfruit. Flavor is coriander bitterness, Belgian yeast, floral hops, lemons, sugar cookies with moderate acidity on the end. Juicy tangerine finish with a good dose of bubble gum esters. Fluffy, tingly unfiltered mouthfeel. A touch of wheat sourness on the end. Wow. I approached this and rated it as a witbier (a big witbier).
As an addendum, maybe it wasnt the 2005 bottle that I had. Whatever year it was, it wasnt the garbage Saratoga contract brewed crap. It was the real, corked stuff brewed by Phil.
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First pour withough massive yeast at the bottom of the bottle is cloudy golden with a dissipating egg white head. Aroma is spicy/yeasty with a touch of hops. Bit of orange peel and coriander but not as much as some wit bieres. Flavor improves upon the aroma a bit, IMO. Definite orange oil, coriander and yeast goodness. Mouthfeel is a delicate balance of high carbonation, but not too much. Well done, and probably represents a pinnacle for the style.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice rich golden color with a lasting white head. Light citrus, spice flavor with a dry finish.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 Bottle. Poured cloudy yellow with scents of lemon, wheat, citrus , orange and lime. Taste is very lemony and sour. I am struggling to get into this style. That being said this is the best example so far for my taste.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to someone at the 3F Darklord release. Pours a light cloudy yellow. Scents of spicy orange, sour grape, and yeast. Flavor is slightly sour with an vinous background. Refreshing tingle makes it easy to drink.
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled inside FFF’s. :). Appearance was small particles floating in a murky light yellow body. A white head topped it off. Aroma was VERY spicy, apple, wheat, yeast, bubblegum, hint of sourness (not infected), oranges. Flavor is very spicy. Coriander, wheat, touch of sour apple, touch of bananas. This has to be one of the best Belgian’s I’ve ever sampled. Palate is sour, sweet, medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 Sampled at ratebeer party today, thanks!Cloudy yellow color with a bright white head. Sweet aroma that had a yeast bite to it. The taste is sweet with a hint of citrus that blends nicely. big corriander and green grapes on the nose with a touch of lemon. flavors shine the lemon component mostly with some metallic notes as well. Very dry finish. Very solid for the style and for an american version. Very clean and tasty.