hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Golden in color with an averaged sized white head. Some oxidation, spicy, yeast, and some caramel. Shows some age, but overall not as bad as I would have expected. Glad I had the chance to finally have this (and doing a full 020202 - 121212 vertical to boot!).
Damico (2693) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wooooowwwwww - points for rare here! Thank you very much for opening this my friend! Pours clear golden amber with a bubbly body and creamy white head. Aroma and flavor bring some oxidation, but just a tad, especially considering over ten years of aging! Aroma brings the aged yeast and some sweet notes. The flavor has notes of the yeast dominating as well, hops are completely gone, bring some bitter and caramel malts blended. Had an all grain homebrew as well which followed the exact same recipe as the website, turned out really nice too.
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a translucent golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of some oxidized cardboard notes, light spicy notes, citrus and very Tripel like. Flavor of lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast character, light oxidation and candy notes. Lively carbonation and nice and dry.
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body with a small fizzy white head. Still plenty of carbonation in this (and all the others in the series). The nose is pretty well all oxidation at this point, lots of wet cardboard. Maybe a bit of wheat still, but you have to use a bit of imagination. The flavor is pretty well on par with the aroma, lots of oxidation and a bit of a mix of sweetness and light alcohol on the finish. Long lingering cardboard finish. Mouthfeel is still pretty sturdy, a bit heavy, still plenty of nice fizzy carbonation. Overall, I guess I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of this and that’s about what I got. It didn’t go "bad", but is certainly didn’t go "good". Can’t imagine that anybody would pay serious money (or any money really) for this anymore.
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone. Pours a murky orange gold. Honey, orange, coriander. Flavor is fairly subtle
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JohnnyJ (4559) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone Bistro. Nice to try this rarity. Hazy golden pour, foamy off white head. Sweet, orange, coriander, heavy bread, caramel, and yeast. Interesting, this has stood the test of time fairly well, but its still not terribly enjoyable.
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a clear orange-yellow with bubbles and no head. Spicy aroma, of coriander, orange peel, yeast, sugar. Taste is quite sweet, hops are almost gone, with lots of candied orange peel, spices, caramel, and honey. Lingering citrus spice. Still has a bite. Has aged pretty well.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brewery. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet honey, citrus, very light hop presence to the aroma. Tastes of orange, lime, honey and black pepper with a pleasant dry warming finish. Silky medium bodied palate. Very nice.
radagast83 (5087) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a bottle. I have at least one witness, it did happen. Well this one poured a slight orange-yellow color, no head when I got to it. Aroma is somewhat like musty orange zest, not too much else. Flavor is mellow and a little sweet, almost creamy light citrus. I’m being a little lenient on this due to the age of the bottle, as it feels well past its prime (despite what the bottle claims), but a lot better than I ever expected this one to ever be.
brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: This mythical libation pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a thin ring of white foam.
S: What? No cardboard? A miracle, I say. Sweet oranges and a fair amount of spices (coriander, mostly) on the nose with a decent wheat and bread aroma. A bit of yeast is there as well.
T: Surprisingly flavor for an almost 9 year old witbier. There are a lot of fruity notes to this beer which was strange, but enjoyable. Orange and slightly bitter orange peel with some coriander complimenting a (somehow) intact sweet wheat and malt base.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: I was really expecting this to be total crap. As a witbier, it’s very middle of the road. But looking at this beer for "what it has become" in terms of the VE series, it’s actually pretty good. This makes the beer sort of difficult to score...