thornecb (5533) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. White head with little retention quickly recedes to nothing leaving no lacing. Looks like brandy...white grape aromas. Soft with front to back fruity grapes. This is as close to wine as any beer I’ve ever had...but quite drinkable.
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by WesIRS. Pours a clear golden color like apple juice with nice very white thin bubbly head. Aroma is very similar to a bottle of sparkling wine with a somewhat herbal thing going on. Taste is very dry with a spice characteristic and some Belgian yeast flavors and some bitterness of course. Frothy smooth pallet, and definitely doesn’t taste like 9.5% alc. Overall pretty good.
Headbanger (3873) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle 10/20/10 (Binny’s-Downers Grove)-48° in Snifter-Pours a clear orangish amber with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, malts, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit more yeast coming through on the back end along with the citrus. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and hides the ABV well. A little wine taste on the back end. Nicely done.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has floral notes with maybe a hint of the grapes. This feels a lot like drinking a white wine and has hints of that flavor. A nice mixture of slight sweetness balanced out by a little hint of the alcohol and a touch of bitterness. Very interesting brew. It makes me sorry that I have missed the previous years of this release.
obguthr (5698) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funky peach nose. Cloudy amber, floaties, headless. Very much like a tripel on the front, peach is dominant. White grape notes in the finish keep the sweetness at bay. Alcohol evident. One of the more balanced VEs.
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with an well above average brew.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Aromas of sweet malts, orange citrus, caramel, bready, belgain yeast, and some spices. Flavors of belgain yeast ans spices, bready malts, and a touch of sweet citrus. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. My first of the epic series believe or not. Solid BSA.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle). Pours clear golden color with 1 finger head. Active carbonation and not much lacing. Aroma is honey (sweet wines), florals (chamomile). The more I smell the beer, the more I like it. Taste is not as sweet as I expected and has a little bite at the end. Light bodied with oily texture. Finish is very much like wine with slight bitterness and the alcohol making it’s prescence known. Interesting, but not great.
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Clear bright golden amber pour, white head. Aroma of crisp apple, citrus, and pear (wine like),, also lightly herbal, yeasty esters, and fruit. The grapes are very apparent in the flavor, the chamomile is harder to detect. the sweetness contrasts the sharp yeast, which I didn’t really like. Finishes with some breadiness, but somewhere in the middle it feels like the flavors are attacking each other. I thought I was going to like it at first, but the more I drink the less I like it. Too disjointed, maybe age will help, maybe not.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Rattle ’N’ Hum
Pours a clear light gold with a thin head. Strong fruity, grape aroma, especially from the Muscat, along with some floral and citrus notes. Medium bodied and very smooth with a light bitterness that takes a few seconds to hit and lingers. Also a little bit of citrusy sourness.
Very complex, there are a lot of subtle aromas and flavors that take a while to come out, this beer was a lot of fun to drink and discuss.