JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Pre-ZBF. Golden color, faintly buttery-sour nose doesn’t sit quite right with dank, grassy hops. Light sweetness and rather extreme, dank, sticky bitterness. Interesting but not my speed.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. Amber color, hazy. Citric but also yeasty aroma with vegetable notes. Biscuity malty sweetish, citric, yeasty alcoholic flavor, with notes of nutmeg. Walnut bitter aftertaste. I couldn’t get through the yeast, therefore disappointing.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at alvinne, struise farm and at home and iv still got two somewhere. Alround rating: Biscuity grainy yet sweet malts, quite dry due to the alcohol, yeastyness is unusal and i cant figure out if its the yeast or something else that gives it the bitter orange peel taste. Im still completly undecided on this beer after about 9 samples, so will need to rerate it at some point.
harrisoni (13259) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle opened by Urbain at the Alvinne pre Zythos event 09. English yeast on aroma, biscuiy malt, stinging lasting hop on finish. It’s just the most stunning beer of the weekend. The English yeast from the Nottingham brewery, great biscuity malt, like Mcvities Digestive Biscuits, then a Cascade/Fuggles finish. This is just so awesome, I’m speechless. Glorious English style pale ale. Phenomenal. Ber beer I’ve had in so long. It was just that it tasted just like an English bitter, with that wide mouthfeel you would get fron a cask conditioned beer, but from a bottle, in Belgium and at 12% ABV. I was so blown away. I didn’t think Struise could get any better, but then they just go and do. Oh and it was brewed by those nice guys at Pipeworks. Hats off to all involved. It you wanted to make my definitive beer, this was it. Will age my bottles to let the faint diacetyl to go away and will then re-rate and possibly up the rating to a 5/5. So good I had 3 glasses of it on the go at the same time. The look on Mes from Mesandsim’s face must have mirrored mine. Sheer shock and awe.
MiP (13513) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 12%. Good grassy hop aroma. Cloudy dark yellow colour. Small frothy white head. The flavour is quite hoppy, caramelly and grassy. Finishes more on the grassy side. There is a distinct sweetness, but it is balanced well by the alcohol.
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Pre ZBF AND PZT.A hazy golden orange beer with small white head. Aroma- fruity citrus,orange peel and flowery character.
Flavour - peach, lemon and citrusy & dry with bitter flavoured finish. Some diacetyl,but as this is still a newly brewed beer which fermented very quickly (brewer info) it should loose that character after a few month and develop into a lovely beer. Alcohol is hidden very well.
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle tasted at the Pre-ZBF fest at Alvinne. Beer label describes this as a hazy amber ale. The name Schommelpeird means rocking horse. It was named and brewed for the Waregem Beer Festival 2009 held at the Red Path, hippodrome of Waregem. This is the biggest horse race event in Belgium.
The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a thick off white head. The nose was a bit sweet, lemony and piney as well. The taste presents a solid hop character, a bit piney, citrus but there is also a present malt backbone that makes for a very well balanced, easy to drink beer despite the abv of 12%.
Fin (7267) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Pre ZBF, Alvinne, 06-03-09 Pours a murky, hazy yellowy colour. Quite fruity and hoppy aroma. Tastes is also quite hoppy in fact really quite hoppy, amazed at the strength, yes it is evident but I never would have guessed it at being 12%. Nice sweetness and bitterness throughout a most enjoyable beer. A7 A3 F8 P4 OV16 3.8
Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Pre-ZBF, Alvinne. A hazy golden colored beer, with a small off-white head. The aroma malty and fruity like citrus and orange. The are hops. The taste is dry bitter with several fruits, citrus, orange and peaches. The aftertaste is bittersweet, which stays for quite a while.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at the Pre-ZBF, pours hazy orange small off white head. Aroma is fruity and has notes of citrus hops. Creamy mouth full of sweet malt and a strong hop flavor. Awesome brew.