alexanderj (3527) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg. Poured a rich, dark gold; short lived white head. Aroma was alot of clove/other spice, yeast, some lemon and orange; sweet. Flavor was pretty complex, but not overly exciting. A light general sweetness, with lots of spice that lingered on the palate. Also fruit, yeast, candy sugar, and some light bitterness. Agree with an earlier rating that thought it reminded him of a Christmas beer. Will be interesting to see how it ages.
Nephilium (1680) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a light fruit aroma, hints of peaches and sugar. Pours a clear straw with a small, quickly fading white head. This starts with a sugary start, with a Belgian yeast flavor lurking inside, and finishes with a touch of bitterness. Overall, not bad, but I am curious how this one will age.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first taste of an epic. A nice creamy white head that lasted a while. Smells of clove, corriander and spice. A nice sweet beggining with a lingering spicy aftertaste. Thick tasting. Reminds me of a Saison. I think this one will get thicker like a sweet barleywine. Pretty good.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, 777. This version pours a beautiful deep golden color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is decent and leaves a full canopy with a thick lace. Actually the lacing dies off like the San Diego fog at high noon leaving clear skys. Aromas of malted spicey bitters from the Christmas era. Medium full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Well, itís definately of Belgian decent. Malty and spicey w/ accute peachpit bittering from start to finish. Funny, Iím expecting Santa to climb down my chimney any minute now. Very hoildayish. Nuances of pine sap, ginger, banana gum, clove, and, and, more spices. The finish is bittered well into the next holiday season and leaves plenty of spice on the palate to fill a spice rack. It has a sharp, biting, crispness and a dead rustic tart cola essence towards the end that is somewhat annoying. This brew is not balanced and I donít expect it to be since itís brewed to last some five years from now. Time in the bottle will prove beneficial as the bittering will surely fade to allow more nuances hidden within the malty caverns to reveal themselves. Overall: where are my presents ?
Lowe1983 (1495) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lighter amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of banana, lemon, nutmeg, corriander, and some yeast. Flavor is of nutmeg, cinnamon, corriander, lemon, and a little banana up front that finishes with some yeast, candied sugars, and some alcohol warming. A very delicious brew.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
not an attractive beer by any means...the color is slightly hazy rose copper and the head disappears quickly.
aroma of yeast and spice.
Kind of tastes like a rip off of a saison i brewed 5 or so years ago...one of my first homebrews, i was quite proud of that beer...and this is similar..
Very floral yet very hot...This will actually age well, I believe . as the alcohol and malts mature and the floral hotness subsides, it will be interesting.
Right now, the mouthfeel is slightly metallic and harsh, but i think that it will get creamier with age.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle - my first vertical jump onto the epic bus; pours clear and gold with a slowly fading white head; some lacing; aromas are sweet and very spicy; first taste comes off bitter and not very smooth; looking forward to aging the other two i picked up
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful orange gold . Quickly dissipating white head. aroma of pear, apple and spice.Smooth and slight bitter on the tongue. Flavors of fruit and belgian style yeast. Long complex finish. More like a saison slash tripel. Whatever excellent once again.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 another note (added a couple of days later) this beer is better straight from the fridge. My first tasting I let it open up for 10 or 15 minutes. Drink it cold, itís very nice
This poured a peachy/apricot color with a large, quickly disappearing white head. The nose is of wheat and spices. The flavor is some candy, with spices. The finishes is very nice citric and spicey
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a copperish color with an average white head but the head dissipated quickly and left the glass with beer that almost looked still. Aroma was really spicy and had a light alcohol to it. Flavor had a good amount of spiciness to it. I was expecting this to be very sweet for some reason but it actually wasnt that bad at all. A little dryer and this would be quite excellent.