ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This ale is bright, cloudless and straw yellow in appearance. (I was surprised by the clarity given its bottle conditioning.) It pours with a massive rocky, pure white head that left some superb lacing. The aroma is pleasantly mild, a bit hoppy and hinting of alcohol. The initial palate is malty sweet, grainy and just a bit fruity with hints of banana and pear. The flavor builds to a more herbal and hop dryness with the expected and suitable alcohol finish. This is a medium-bodied ale with a champagne like effervescence. It is best enjoyed at moderate, not-too-cold temperatures. I sampled the 750ML bottle variety, which—like others in its style—benefits enormously from the ritualistic uncorking and lively decanting ceremony. I understand from some passing comments elsewhere that this ale improves with cellaring. Since I enjoyed this beer in its present form, I will definitely put some away for future experimentation.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber/honey colored with a white head. Nose is sweet and flowery, with touches of grapes, hay, and wet dog. A fizzy mouthfeel gets in the way of its flavor. There's an odd metallc bitterness in there, kind of like a strong MGD. Beyond that lies a sweet grapey flavor. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
X-L size white head which gradually shrinks down in size. very active looking hay-yellow body. lacing noted. the cork smells much better than the beer. cork smells similar to a nicely aged lambic and the beer smells faintly stinky with tones of champagne. sour apple, bread, winey, alcohol and bitter hops with other hints of fresh lemon peel. clean finish.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear yellow body with a thick, fluffy white head. Some lacing.
Mild, spicey hop aroma with a nice sweet malt undertone. Flowery hop aromas become more pronounced.
Alcohol is clear from the beginning. A little sweet apple/tart apple finish. Spicey hop aftertaste.
Crisp, full bodied beer. Somewhat astrigent finish. Could have used a few more years to mellow.
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and lightly sweet aroma, with some doughy and farmy yeast, spicy, herbal and grassy hop, very faint pear, white grape and apple fruitiness and a slight hint of vanilla. Brilliant golden color, with a voluminous white, frothy head and lacing to match. Malty, grainy, fruity and lightly sweet start, very faint touches of honey, becoming more herbal and hoppy, with a peppery, spicy, dry, moderately bitter, acidic and gently alcoholic finish. Full bodied with a very effervescent palate and winey mouthfeel. A classic example of the style.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2003
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 I've gotta say, this is a pretty crap beer. Get some Duvel and mix it 50/50 with Fosters or Crown Lager, add some lemonade and metho to get it up to 8.5 and have a swig. Swanky packaging though...
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright golden color, tight bubbles in the head. Light on the palate, spicy apple, yeasty. Finishes dry and earthy, musty.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light, creamy, citrus, alcohol, white wine nose; effervescent, cloudy, lemon yellow hue with fine white foam. Exquisite! Hints of butter, sugar, cake in the flavor, but all VERY light and fresh (a hint of shortbread, but not that heavy). It melts in your mouth...I can't wait to sip another glass. Wonderful!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
golden color with large sticky head. yeaty aroma with hints of apple, pepper, caramel malt, with a little mustiness thrown in for good measure. Taste is of toffee with hints of apple, citrus,pepper and other spices. nice mouthfeel,and the alcohol slowly creeps in toward the end of the bottle. Excellent
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear light golden in color with a very dry, spicy and floral nose. Loads of noble hops in here maybe???? Very full bodied with toffee, grassy and spicy (pepper and maybe even cumin) complimented by a wisp of lemon towards the intensely dry finish. Very nice, and it grows on you as you sip and the beer warms.