Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My friends told me that this was a "California Common". No. It makes a lot more sense to think of it as a Belgian, because it combines the fruitiness with the mild bitterness, and it comes out as a language that is worth listening to. Bottle.
thetmaxx (752) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter glass from the 22oz bottle. Colour is kind of a burnt copper. Aroma is malty and earth, with a slight banana and clove flavour is detected. Palate is slightly watery. Flavour is also similar to a hefe, and is cloudy as well. Overall its a good Belgium.
bnoel09 (444) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a Trappist glass. Color is sort of a dark burnt orange with a white head. Aroma is earthy and fruity. Flavor has some banana and clove on the start like a hefeweizen but also has a more substantial body with an earthy finish. Body is medium with a lightly sour finish. Overall a nice beer.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber pour and hazy. Nice sticky lasting head. Nose is spicy with cloves and light phenolics and banana and other fruit notes. Taste is lightly malty and fruity with notes of spices and finishes with some apple tartness. light creamy mouthfeel. Good beer but strangely tart.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a deep golden color, nose was grainy with hints of wheat and yeast esters, taste is mildly tart, grainy, kind of poop.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: snifter. pours a nice burnt sienna color w/ vibrant red notes. nice off-white head. decent retention..faint lacing, ring like.
S: nice tart, fruity aromas. some apples, and spices. some sourness.
T: very tart fruit flavors. light pepper, some metallic tones. decent sour notes.
M: medium to light bodied. palate is unappealing.
D: not terrible, but not for me.
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Very enticing bready sour aroma. Deep hazy copper/orange. You can tell right away this is an excellent beer. Bready, sour, barnyard, rich, honey, Belgium, Huge apricot, apricot skins. caramel, wheaty. Big berry aromas and flavors. Butterscotch. Really nice to have a unique interesting complex beer that stands out on it’s own. I would call it a Belgium sour. Some beers cross into subtle wine tasting flavors this is one of them. Rich and organic in it’s personality. Epic beer really. Fantastic! One of my favorites. Sip it forever. Smell it forever.
joshuahfl (47) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a medium white head. Not much on the nose. A little yeast and fruit. Flavor is yeasty ad slightly spicy, but not much there. Finishes bitter. Just okay.
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is fairly light with some caramel malt and a bit of non-descript fruitiness, black licorice, and something metallic. Flavor is slightly tart up front with the malt and yeast kicking in heavily on the middle and finishing with solid bitterness, and the metallic flavor comes through as well. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long, bitter finish.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy hops, delicately toasted malts and fluffy effervescence quietly move into discreet fruit salad and leafy bitterness for a balanced and very drinkable pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-An airy head of foam tops the light amber.
-This is as clean and quenching as any other beer I’ve had from them.
-Once again, the soft and pillowy effervescence serves the lean body quite well.
-This may not be the most memorable brew, but it is full of details and quenching. What more can you ask for in a quaffer?
On tap at the brewery tasting room.