Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, not Pub Dog).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber-brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain/bread), with notes of banana, clove, apple skin, brown sugar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Comes off more like a sugary Dunkelweizen, really...only slightly Belgian in character. Very generic and aimless...not up to the usual Two Roads standards.
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great begian ale that has a big amber flavor with a little bit of farmhouse spice and a heafty yeast flavor. intersting to me and almost like a dark saison rather then a straight belgian.
geologyguy (990) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
smell is dark and sour....taste is similar but more on the sour/wild yeast taste side. Very mixed on this one....very middle of the road....the sour taste is good, but there is a lack of other flavors here...it is very smooth though.
ineedbeer (1264) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma seems well balanced between malt and hop character with some complimentary hop notes. Moderate caramel and toasted bread notes with faint darker malt characteristics. Some pear and red apple esters. Light, spicy, floral hop character towards the end.
Pours a brown color with some amber and copper hues. Moderately thick, large, tan head with average retention. Medium high lacing and faint legs. Some foaming out the top when I popped the bottle cap.
Flavor has a moderate sweetness to it with quite a bit of toasted bread and caramel melanoidins. Some light toffee and darker malt notes as well. Faint pear and red apple esters along with some raisin and plum. Medium bitterness in finish with faint earthy hop character. Light mineral character to the water. Touch of acidity.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low but present astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer but its not my favorite saison. I’m not quite sure what I find to be off about it, perhaps too many darker melanoidins and some astringency, but something isn’t quite right to me. It definitely has a German character to it and perhaps that combination with the Belgian yeast is what I find odd; when I think of malty German beers I think of clean beers.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black pour with no head. Pepper and floral aroma. Very nice flavor... lots of complexity. Peppery finish, floral notes, dark fruit.
BigBodyBenz (45) - Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was a real nice well rounded easy drinking beer with a good bit of creativity qualities flowing through. I got some cherries and a bit of fig hinting towards almost a Belgian style beer but it mellowed out with some other fruit like qualities and finished real clean and crisp.
Mora2000 (6052) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gusher warning. Red-brown pour with a white head. The aroma has some toffee, cherries and caramel notes. The flavor is full of grapes, cherries, toffee, tobacco and leather. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.
bubblehouse (809) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark but has a nice after taste of a belgian. Very good and interesting.
CanIHave4Beers (3584) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a dang bottle!
Pours a deep orangish brown with a good head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is herbal and the malt character is lightly roasty & nutty, it’s got some reserved but bright fruit notes, some leaf rot & peppery elements... cool.
The flavor has a good bit of rich maltiness, it’s basically dry, spicy, and pleasantly herbal. The bitterness is enjoyably zippy. The beer has some nutty flavors and some doughy yeastiness.
Robust and satisfying.
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merc7186 (2613) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Little Light, Thck White Head, Some Lacing
S: Light Malts, Light Yeast
T: Yeast, Plum, Tart Cherries, Light Belgian Sugars
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Dry, Lightly Sweet
Overall, pretty accurarate to the description up above.