SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Only my friends know how happy I was to see this on the shelves on time. Thank God San Diego didn’t get it after the rest of the country which occurred in prior years. I had been counting down the days on my calendar. The aroma on this sucker is a strong delivery of authentic Belgian yeast overloaded with spices, ginger, and clove. I also found a banana background that made me go bananas to take my first sip. The ale pours as a firm golden elixir and creates medium amount of soapy foam but that will quickly flat line out. Now going on to the flavor part of this ale, it was a quite tart at first with strong presence of alcohol apparent along a lot of usage of spices. The spices ranged from pepper, clove, ginger and oddly enough a dash of paprika. The banana became less subdued in the flavor but left a sweet aftertaste that was very pleasant. Almost reminds of me the vertical epic 2004 with its heavy spices and fizzy mouth feel. I will be sure to tasting this out periodically.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber with nice small head. aroma of yeast, candied spice, bit of citrus as well, very complex. very crisp mouthful with all the flavors standing proud and a small hoppy finish. so much going on here... but enjoyable.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear amber wtih a soft white head. Very fruity aroma, lemon candy, orange peel, faint ginger, and faint herbal note. This is probably the best fresh vertical epic so far. Very refreshingly crips flavor, dry in the finish, perfectly balanced, without much excess alcohol like the last two years when they were fresh. Just a really well built beer.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 mL bottle. Hazy golden amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon, and yeast. Sticky sweet palate. Sweet citrus taste followed with a big spicyness transitioning to an orange taste in the finish. It reminds me of bright summer days playing in the neighbor’s orange groves as a child.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was sweet, wheaty, spicy, with some metallic notes. Appearance was golden in color. Initial flavor was dominated by metalic notes, wierd since it was in a bottle. As it warmed more complex spiciness emerges. Some mild wheat, clove, bannana notes are accompanied by citrus... mainly lime flavors. A pretty complex brew that is very pleasant to drink.
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Craig. Thanks. Pours out a light orange color with a white head that disappears rather quickly. The beer is crystal clear, clearer than any beer I have ever seen. Smell is full of spices and malts, with some fruity notes as well. Taste is spicy and sweet. Lively body, very fresh tasting. A good Epic ale, one of the ones that I liked the most so far. Thanks Craig. Im going to drink another bottle and add more to my rating of it, because I wasnt really paying attention when I drank it.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice copper color and a very small, thin head. the spice flavors are very subdued but noticeable on the aftertaste - i’m picking up on the ginger more than the citrus.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample June 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear (and I mean brilliant), full copper color that has tons of streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom. The bubbles support an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The nose is quite spice driven, with ample notes of ginger, clove and a fair amount of citrus notes (leaning towards lemon zest and orange peel). In the finish is a hint of something cola like, which makes me think of cardamom. Despite the spices, the aroma is quite clean. It does have aromatic notes of toasted grain & biscuit malt towards the end. At times the aroma reminds me of a spicy ginger ale, though it is not quite so piquant.
Fairly sweet up front with a fairly thick body; I would characterize it as being medium full. It finishes with an earthy spiciness reminiscent of clove, green coriander and cardamom. Light flavors of lemon zest and a note somewhat like pears or green apples add a hint of fruitiness. The spice flavors are not over the top here, yet somehow they seem to dominate the flavor profile. This could also be a mix of hop character & spices, interacting in ways that one is not used to in a Belgian-style beer. I am not enjoying the mix of flavors here, but I think that this might actually improve considerably with some age; perhaps a year or so would be good. As my palate gets used to some of the sharper, more earthy spice notes a bit more citrus character becomes noticeable; it starts to move towards notes of orange peel. The earthy ginger flavors still are prominent though, even lingering on in the finish.
This is not drinking all that great right now, and I am hoping that it will get quite a bit better with some age on it. It is definitely too clean & needs more yeast influence, hell even a bit of yeasty haze would have been beneficial. The body is a bit too thick for me as well. This should still be at least as drinkable as it is now by 2012.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: This one pours a nice amber color, with a small white head. Smell is incredibly yeasty, with citrus and orange smell in it. I also smell just a hint of banana. Taste is a little thicker on the banana side, but I also notice a nice maltiness to it. As I continue to drink, you can taste a bit of yeastiness. The alcohol is a tad hot, but should mellow out in time.
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear, dark golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, grains of paradise, vanilla, coriander, earthy yeast, with a bit of toasty dough as well. Taste of citrus, light toffee malts, mint leaf, muddy yeast strain, clove, light banana, and some alcohol in the finish as well. Curious to see what some aging will do here...