nickd717 (4161) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A couple samplers had at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Pours dark brown in color, not clear, with an average-sized and average-density light tan head sitting on top. The aroma is somewhat Belgian, as I expected, with dark bread, dark fruits, and brown sugar malt notes. A little spiciness to it. The flavor is pretty good but not spectacular. Sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisin and fig, and spices. Just a slight hint of oak - could use a little heavier-handed -bal aging. Body is on the fuller side, and carbonation is average. Not quite as good as 2 Turtle Doves, but a reasonably enjoyable beer. Could see this improving a little bit with age.
Jason_andrew (1) - USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was excellent. Spice, fruit with prominent yet pleasant oak flavor. Grab a few for the cellar... this beer will no doubt get better with age :)
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cola brown with a small head. Dark fruits dominate the aroma, with booze balancing sweet caramel and figs. Just a bit of oak in there, too, but the flavor needs to mature for this to be everything I want it to be.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured deep, cloudy red with a moderate head. Very fruity, plum-like, oak and booze. Cherry notes were very vibrant. Hints of buttery pastries, sweet malts, light hop balance, raisins, with a fair amount of carbonation offering a full palate.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown, dark fruits, spice, wood, vinious, little citrus, little brown sugar.
drfabulous (6563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to Luckyhank. Pours a nice brownish color. Lots of holiday flavor in there plus the malt of a Quad. Typical fruit of raisin and plum. Cold, Iím not getting oak. Maybe as it warms. Very nice.
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some hints of blood red and a fingerís worth of khaki colored head.
S: A fair amount of dark malts without much roast character, but a nice toast. Very bready and heavy on the yeast with some dark fruits, but I canít quite pick out what they are.
T: The sweetness is moderate with a bit of subtle roast. Dark and malty with a bit of sugar (caramel and toffee) and lots of yeastiness like the nose indicates.
M: The body is medium with a soft, rolling carbonation.
D: Iíd say this is probably better than Partidge but not quite as good as Turtle Doves. Itíll be interesting to see how this one ages over the next ten years.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Provisions. Pours a dark red brown with a little bit off tan-white head. Nose is currant and spice. Notes of plum, raisin, malt, and spice. Oaky finish. Will be interesting to see how this ages.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís at its peak RIGHT NOW! Nose is a lite sour smell, matched with the smell of pears and malt. And just a wee bit of brett. Starts sweet, then goes dry - amaazing. Iíve never had a beer that does this! After this month, I expect this to turn into a brettbasket. But this one is nice....
jjh19 (63) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red, tiny bubbles, looks rich. Plenty of wine-like smell. .Spicy, with a lot of red wine notes, and a little tart. Really tight carbonation. A terrific sipper with tight carbonation. Definitely worth a try.