Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear and golden (tick in the box, it does what it says on the label) with a good enduring head with biggish bubbles in it. The bouquet is fresh and fragrant. Among the grapiness and lemon grass was a toffeish note that intrigues. Also there’s banana passionfruit scents that reminds me of long summers in Nelson as well as hot buttered toast. I’d be quite happy if this is the last thing I ever smell.
The taste is fresh and bitter at once. There’s a hoppy tang that I enjoy as well as a generous carbonation. This is an ideal summer ale and one I’ll be recommending in spadefuls.
Ungstrup (32889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. A golden beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of eggs, straw, malt, and hay. The flavor is sweet with notes fo malt, eggs, straw, and hay, leading to a lightly bitter finish.
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting at Regional Wines & Spirits. A light golden colour, small short-lasting head. That distinctively New Zealand tropical fruit salad hop aroma with the Nelson Sauvin ’gooseberry’ smell. Nicely malty with a balanced bitterness, medium mouthfeel and those fruity NZ hops. Very drinkable, thirst quenching golden lager replacement.
gam (3906) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good fluffy head strong carbonation gold pour aroma fruit woodiness malt richness mild bitter taste citrus grapefruit caramel finish light nutty taste citrus hop and bitter aftertaste that last nicely
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: predominantly, doughy yeast. There is a very interesting underlying flower or grassy hop, possibly berries. Might be the sauvin hops which has been described as gooseberries.
Appearance: hazy brown gold, thick off-white head with good lacing. Short lived effervescence.
Taste: no hint of any sweetness, medium to heavy bitterness with no indication of any sourness.
Palate: medium to full body, creamy and somewhat sticky texture average carbonation, nice clean bitter finish that fades to a mellow yeasty aftertaste.
Overall: Lovely drop. Changes as you drink, mellowing as it oxidises and gets yeastier
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 A great summer quencher... Good flavour characteristics for a beer with this ABV... Could happily enjoy a few of these.... A fine effort.
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 500ml bottle, batch 1151, tulip glass. Hazy golden hue, small particles. Very impressive huge white frothy head (like in the Duvel photo), slowly diminishing, crazy amount of lacing. A mixture of exciting hop aromas dominate especially citrus & tropical fruit - passion fruit. Fruity with a bit of spice. Taste is initially moderately to heavy biscuit malt sweet finishing sweet then lightly bitter lingering, a touch of good lemony sourness. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
I enjoyed this beer - the best I have ever had that comes in a green bottle. Another Christmas present from Mark - thanks Mark.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appears pale golden in the glass with a fluffy white head. Aroma of citrus, gooseberry, grape and malt. The flavour is biscuit malt, citrus, gooseberry and grape - subtle similarities to a sauvignon blanc. Light bodied with soft carbonation and low bitterness. Hint of fruit in the finish. Refreshing ale, though I did lose some interest in this beer after a glass.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 Bottle, Pomeroys Tasting - Nice aroma of gooseberry, with hints of passionfruit and something else that I couldn’t put my finger on but was enjoyable. Nice biscuity malt tastes with a clean bitterness. Enjoyable.
Re rate 6/11/09 (was 7,3,6,3,11) - this is tasting superb.
Clean crisp malt, passionfruit, gooseberry and a hint of sweet pineapple. Excellent
DuffMan (8808) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light golden with a bit of sediment at the very end creating a slight haze. The head is large, white, and lasting and leaves lace for half the glass. Aroma initially is green tropical fruit, calling to mind the rind of mangoes. With time, passionfruit and orange peel become dominant. Flavours are biscuity pale malt balanced equally with hop flavours of tropical fruit and citrus oil, slightly floral. Finish is nicely bitter.