Theydon_Bois (8695) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Peter but ultimately Myrna, 30/12/12.
Hazed light to mid golden with a thin off white head that escapes to edgeville.
Nose carries sweet candied sugars, malt, spice, caramel, dark ripe fruits, touch of booze.
Taste comprises pineapple, sweet sugars, caramel, dark fruits, a little spice.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey finish.
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy honey amber color with a tight sudsy off white head that fades to a film and collar. Aroma has cinnamon ginger and yeast candied sugar with booze. Flavor is warming booze candied sugar yeast strong ginger cinnamon and finishes bitter tart fruit. Palate is full slick and syrupy.
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma of strong alcohol, grassy hop, and sweet, syrupy candy sugar. A strong alcohol presence up front with a sweet fruity tang that fades into the finish with a lingering tang and bitterness and sweet alcohol burn. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: December 27, 2012
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: cloudy dark gold, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light mustyness, sweet pineapple, touch of spicy ginger
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of rich pineapple, light spicyness, fruity esters blend well with the added fruit, spices are almost too subtle
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
devman171 (968) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 pours orangish yellow with low foam, smell is spice and pineapple, its a bit heavy on the alcohol finish for me, but not bad.
ellolovey (454) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky deep orange with a foamy off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of pineapple, sugars, cinnamon, allspice, and floral hops. Boozy. Taste is of tart pineapple, loads of spiciness, and a subtle caramel malt. Balances the tartness out very well. A little on the sweet side, but not a bad BSA. Pineapple is definitely there but not overwhelming. Enjoyable once you get used to the boozy warmth from mouth to tummy.
harrisoni (13733) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chriso tasting new year 2012/13. Clearish gold lasting white head. too sweet. very pineappley belgian saisony aroma. too sweet.
rlgk (10534) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Pale golden/yellow beer with a small offwhite head. Hoppy citrus, caramel, grapefruit, hay, ginger, grapefruit, pineapples, spicy notes, floral, leather notes, barnyard. Floral spicy flavor, raisins, citrus, ginger, coriander, herbal, floral notes, some banana, pineapples, herbal. Lots of spices but still quite drinkable.
GothGargoyle (1209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with a small pale head. Aroma is pineapple, tropical fruit, hint of funk. Sweet on the palate with a fruity finish. Taste is pineapple, pear, papaya.
ryecatcher (789) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL Bottle. Pours a semi-hazy apricot color with a medium white head decent retention and good lacing. Nose is funky Belgian yeasts and some spice. Mouth is both tangy and sweet up front, the pineapple really coming through, then spicy-yeastiness you’d expect in similar Belgian styled beers, (particularly from these guys), hint of cloves and anise at the tail-end, then some biscuit with a warm finish (although I had this in my trunk and it’s a balmy 19 degrees outside, it is 11.5% after all). Nice festive ale, that will probably give me a good yeast headache in the morn. Happy New Year’s Eve Eve. ;-)