Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemony colored, with a fat layer of creamy vanilla frosting and some dust in the bottom of the glass.
Wow! Hallertau! At least I think it is...Anyways, it smells really herbal, leafy, danky, weedy! Like rubbing hop buds and pot buds between your hands. An agressive aroma for sure, that won’t please everyone, but for those who like plenty of nose and are getting tired of the same old IIPA hop bombs, this one if for you.
Very interesting taste as well, it starts off salty, then like the rind of a semi-soft cheese, Sir Laurier d’Arthabaska to be precise. Plenty of hop bitterness to finish it all off. Great stuff!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FBR brought a bottle of this back from Premier Gourmet, but it’s labeled as "Extra". This is really my kind of saison! Pale hazy golden, perfect head and lacing - a real beauty to behold. Aroma is herbal and hoppy, grassy fields, some malts. Palate is soft but also brite with lively carbonation and the full flavors add to the body. Taste is sweet, spicy, tart, hoppy, pepper, dry at the finish, earthy, herbal. This is fantastic, I need more!
thebeertourist (5158) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy golden colour with a reddish hue. Appetising head. Aroma is grassy and yeasty with a certain green apples tartness. Flavour is quite complex with good bitterness matched by sweet maltiness.Medium body, dry finish.
hotstuff (4645) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2005
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Large white head that was mostly lasting, fair lacing, fine, small & medium sized bubbles, carbonated, and a straw yellow hue. Aroma was malty, hoppy, sweet, and spicy. Flavor was acidic, astringent and down right yucky tasting. Bad bottle perhaps? Don’t know. Light-medium body. Not a good experience.
rauchbier (3709) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned, from The Beer Cellar in Lincoln. Hazy lemon gold with lots of floaters, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Strange fruity and herbal nose with some earthy hoppiness in the background and maybe a hint of pineapple and phenol. Quite dry and yeasty in the mouth with more earthy woodiness apparent and some sweet honeyed malt notes. Finish is yeast bitter and chalkily dry.
TAR (2552) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Pale yellow. Pillowy meringue of sticky foam. Perfumey, dusty phenols bombard the olfactory along with lemongrass, dough, and pungent notes of pepper-dusted herbal hops. Sprightly carbonation, but well managed and surprisingly soft. Pungent hop commencement is swiftly chased by a keen fusion of crackers and doughy malts. Rounded honeydew melon encompasses a zestful flurry of black pepper and feathery dryness. Depth-lending phenols boost its quenching nature and emphasize the powdery malt textures, which cling to the palate. Glazed malt sweetness pillars the body as notes of perfume and peppery hops continue to invigorate. Finishes snappily dry with a seamless balance of gritty yeast and spicy hops, but has an intricately woven buttered malt softness which gracefully caresses the body’s hardness amid a brash punctuation of leafy herbs and peppery, lemony hop bitterness. A rustic and stylish rendition. Would be a nice accompaniment to the picnic basket.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 750 ml bottle. Pours an awesome hazy yellow with a massive creamy white head and and good lace. Aroma is incredibly earthy with lots of saaz like spice, and tons of other noble hops. Light bready malt aroma as well. Flavor is slightly skunky from the loads of herbal and earthy spicy hops, but is kinda balanced with the nice malts and spice-like finish. Nice crisp and relateively clean finish. Creamy and full mouthfeel despite the 4.5% abv. worth the $7.50 IMO.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a large rocky white head. Aroma of florals, lemon, soap, mustiness, and grapes. Flavor of grass, metallic, earthiness, light citrus, and enhailing firework fumes.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden hue, big fluffy white head lasts a while. Generous aromatics, vibrant lemony hops, floral and spicy of noble ancestors. Mostly dry palate, though the biscuity and honeyish maltiness is sufficient. Bready and peppery yeastiness pairs along the delicate lemon, spicy, grassy hops. Firm medium body, moderately high carbonation. I was stunned to see this clocks in at 4.5%, this is packed with hoppy flavors, straightforwardly dry, eminently refreshing.
harrisoni (16056) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Gold beer with lasting white head. Hoppy citric slightly sour herby aroma, more citrus hoppy in the mouth. Herbiness continues through to the nice herby almost vegetal finish. Extremely interesting with excellent flavours