brigg (461) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) A big white head that quickly settles into shallow, semi-stiff peaks; a cloudy yellow body with a steady stream of bubbles. Aroma of fruit, vegetable, lots of spice, sweet, grass, lemon (not quite sure what a kumquat smells or tastes like, but I think that might be what I’m smelling/tasting). Medium body. Flavor is spicy, sweet, citrus, moderately earthy; nice acidity to it. especially on the finish. Sweet but refreshing. Moderate hops.
KornDogg (499) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Miver. Aroma of orange, yeast and pepper. Cloudy golden body with medium lasting head. Flavor begins with strong with citrus and ginger followed by cayenne and yeast. Subtle wheat, rice finish. Dry, peppery aftertaste. An excellent beer.
mrmartin (563) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big white head that disappears quicky. Light hazy yellow pour.
Nose is estery and hint of citrus. Body is light, citrus and sake tang. Slighty bitter finish hint of citrus and alcohol.
Heathen (1386) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: My initial thoughts were that it reminded me of Duvel without all the hops. But eventually more of the spiciness came out. A little cayenne burn in the throat. Hid alcohol fairly well. Orangey citrus was constant from the start to finish. Must have been the kumquats. Very nice but not nearly as complex or special as the laundry list of ingredients would suggest. The heat was only in the throat at first but then moved to the tongue toward the end of the bottle. Seemed a little like wheat beer. Must have been the rice.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a sparkling, clear, golden with beautiful carbonation that kept rebuilding the average to large, fluffy, ever so slightly, off-white head that remained a thick sheet and left good to excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy spicy, dusty and fruity yeast; ever so slight fruity sake; honey; slight pepper; and some citrus that must have been the kumquats. When the beer warmed up more there was also a slight funky yeast present. The initial flavor was mod to heavily acidic, slightly sweet and slightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, mod to heavily acidic and spicy. There was tons of citrus, orangey kumquats, cayenne, pepper, tons of yeast, ginger, slight toastiness, spicy and dusty yeast, and hints of a sort of a fruity sake sort of thing at the very end. The medium body was slightly syrupy and sticky on the lips and then very dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry, spicy, slightly alcoholic and ever so slightly metallic finish.
carl4beer (520) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL pours straw yellow with fizzy white head. aroma is a little spice and rice wine. mouthful is light and a bit of fruit and spice. the ginger is there... citrus from the kumquat perhaps? very interesting and complex beer. oddly enjoyable, but not delectable...
SSSteve (3390) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
found this 1/2 off what they originally priced it at in ATL. pours a hazy light gold with a very small white head. nose is fruity and similar to watered down apricots or peaches. flavor is, again, very much like watered down peach syrup. carbonation is annoyingly high. light body but lightly syrupy. quite dry in the finish. i notice some ginger and white pepper of something in flavor. a bit of that sweet, vanilla-like rice too. mild touch of peppermint candy. neat, but a one time beer for me.
bu11zeye (11260) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of hay, rice milk, sesame seeds, and orange. Flavor of orange, sake yeast, grain, pepper, and spices.
DocLock (6826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle. Pours hazy deep gold with big fluffy 4-finger white head and a lively carbonation. Nose is champagne yeasty, with rock sugary malt, dry citrus, and hops. Tastes very fruity and floral, with white grape, pear, and floral notes. Complex palate with a zesty crisp finish and gets drier as it warms. This one was very good.
dimenhetfield (2378) - , Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Brian. Wasn’t sure what to make of this one. The aroma was very pleasant with hints of ginger and spice. Flavor was sort of "tea-ish" but still held that beer flavor quality. Enjoyable and worth a try for sure.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy blonde. Not much head. Spicy aroma with Belgian/witbier yeast overtones. Dry and spicy with subtle kumquat notes. Decent brew.