Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of yeast, lots of spice, some earthy hints. Tastes of wildflowers, some residual sugar, some hints of oxidation, but not as prevalent as in the 050505. Palate is thick with a nice bite on the finish.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy golden, large frothy white head with so-so retention, and decent carbonation. † Belgian yeast, flora, citrus, and banana in the nose. † Detectable alcohol in the aroma as well. † Slight fruity spiciness up front, but somewhat muttled. † The Belgian yeast taste is quickly interupted with a bitter and acidic taste, result of the Kaffir Lime Leaf perhaps? † By the time it finishes, I get a metallic tinge on the sides of my tongue. † Respectable lacing tho. † The 8.5% makes an appearance after the finish, slight warming of the throat. † The aroma was unique, interesting, combining the Belgian yeastiness with a typical German Hefe, but the flavor was muttled with the Kaffir Lime Leaf (assuming). † Too much going on here, each trying to battle each other, only resulting in a quasi Belgian Strong ale meets German Hefe meets tin can. † Overall, I think the tin can won. † Drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured cloudy orange with a smal white head. Strong herbal, floral, perfumy odour of coriander, pepper, scorched wheat, hops and faint orange juice. Taste reminded me of orange juice laced with pepper and PVC pipe - very spicy, bitter yet sweet, with a long linger - odd. Mouthfeel is bitter, spicy, almost harsh, but the floral/herbal/perfuminess is very dry. I didnít know what to make of this - as tupalev says, itís like a biere de garde that works. I decided I liked it, perhaps last beer of the night wasnít the best time to rate it .....
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cracked this one on 09.13.2008. Murky orange/yellow with a viscous eggshell head. Nice aroma is dusty pale malts with yeasty banana and sweet citrus/spices. medium body with mild carbonation. Decent flavor is bready malt with some wheat malt tartness. Has a drying citrus spicy alcohol twang to finish. No real oxidation in taste or aroma. Some beers age well, some don’t; this didn’t.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 No head on top of a deep golden, almost clear body. Obvious lime in the nose. Nice honeyish malt. Mostly pleasant although the yeast strain appears a bit dull to me if not quite in the same line than averyís. Toasty, hoppy and spicy nose. Even spicier in mouth where sage and mint abund and match the floral and citrusy profiles. Rather hot altogether, heating to say the least and even more so after a few sips. Weird body, it doesnít quite coat the mouth, it just seems to stay in the middle of the tongue and carbonation is a bit low for the fair medium-full body.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle shared by Matt. Pours a murky dark amber orange pour, vicious glow with a good healthy haze, a decent bright white frothy head that laces ok. Aromas are citrusy, oxidzed malts, lemons and oranges, touches of bread dough, spice, vibrant oranges really seem to dominate. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering a decent bitterness, dry florals and citrus, oranges, spice, bread dough, pale malts, and a touch of spice. Really lost much of itís base beer with age. Finish is lingering malts, bread, some toast, vibrant citrusy orange, some lemons, oxidized malts, cardboard, touch of suntan lotion. Ok, but itís age shows. Give it the benefit of the doubt here.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A past due-date blonde Belgian Ale
How: Sample from a bottle at Dark-Lord-Day 2008. Unknown generous soul.
The look: Cloudy yellow body with a medium white head
In long: Aroma of an old banana cake. Body falling apart, super soft carbonation. Tired yeasty fruity esters. Some orange and bananas in honey. No oxidation or bad aging problems other than everything felt old and tired. I could feel that this was once a good beer but it is now more tired than a Wal-Mart greeter at the end of a 50% off everything day.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a baige head. Sweet caramel malty fruity light hoppy aroma and taste. Medium body and at sweet alcoholic finish.
PorterPounder (5970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, nectarine colored pour with a delectable, sticky, clumpy white head that sticks around for a while. Thick lacing. Has the aroma of a hefe, banana -like and estery with some bubblegum notes and just a wee bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is clean and tangy, wraps itself well around the tongue. Flavor has some Belgian Tripel notes with some sweet candy sugar notes siting on top of the alcohol which is blended in well, buit you know itís there. Also detect bubblegum and banana in the flavor. Iím sure this will taste even better in 2012, but itís not too bad now.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of musty basement and honey wheaty notes. Pears apple and yeasty spice. Pours bright orange golden pour, nice fizzy head. Flavors of honey, wheat, banana, musty basement notes some lime and citrus as well. Big fizzy bubbly body with good effervescence. Lingering banana basement bread and honey. Interesting aged beer.