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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Pandan Ale represents a major advancement in Asian style beers. It is a complex brown ale brewed with crystal, chocolate, and honey malts. We have also given it a Southeast Asian flair by adding palm sugar and pandan , a nutty and fragrant leaf. Pandan, also known as bai toey (Thai) and lŠ dua (Vietnamese), is considered an essential ingredient to Southeast Asian rice dishes and cakes. This is a truly unique and flavorful beer that you will enjoy. Pandan Ale is a dark, full-bodied beer that will complement spicy Thai and Indian curries, as well as savory Filipino and Indonesian stews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bomber shared by theisti. Pours a reddish Dr. Pepper brown with a thin ring of beige bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. The nose is an interesting yet not altogether pleasant aroma of burnt hazelnuts and dark nut bread or cake. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a lightly dry but fairly clean finish. Nutty and lightly vegetal with an ashy finish. Unique but not great. Thanks for sharing this interesting brew with us, Tim!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
22 oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottle in Federal Way, WA. Pour is cola brown, some ruby, with not much tan head. Aroma of hazelnut and something vegetable - pandan perhaps? Also some spice and some leafy grassiness. The spice and nuttiness is really overwhelming. Taste has nuttiness, some slight fruitiness, dried fruit. The taste is more muted then the nose, fortunately. Palate is medium, but is long, coating and lasting. Very original, totally unique, but not all that tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
22oz. bottle. Strong aroma of hazelnut and pandan (whatever that is!), sweet and roasted, some faint coffee and maple syrup notes, an unfamiliar spiciness is here as well. Dark brown in color with deep red highlights, head is fine and slight. Flavor is a tad omre balanced than indicated by the aroma, with a sweet, lightly burnt brown malt profile, more nut and cola detected, with a dry, oddly herbal, leafy finish and a decided lack of bitterness or hop profile. Some ashiness late. Palate is smooth and low in effervescence, body is medium. Intriguing in its way, but the spice addition is a bit over the top, ultimately.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 16, 2008
22o bottle. The aroma is dominated by the pandan which is very fragrant, kinda nutty and vegetal. A fellow rater thought it smelled like hazelnuts, I can see that, but more like slightly rancid hazelnuts. Some light chocolate malt in the back, but I canít get past the pandan leaf. Brownish red color. The pandan leaf is prominent in the flavor, it reminds me of the eucalyptus plant my mom had. There is a mild ashyness and a fair amount of nuttiness. Interesting beer but the brewers should have gone a little easier on the pandan leaf. I did not finish my 5 oz glass of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 16, 2008
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date. Acquired thru trade. Poured out a deep brown color, with orange highlights around the edges. Aromas are of oil roasted nuts, burnt sugars, some sweet coffee. Flavors are nutty, sugary, holiday cookies. Thin mouthfeel, thin body. Strange brew, but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Reddened chocolate brown, thin. Aroma has a heavy, almost syrupy roasted nut and bran cereal quality about it, with lots of rugged earthiness and singed brown rice. Toasted breads and robust, earthy floral qualities in a strange dual waft of rich malts and what must be pandan leaves. Hints of date. Redolent of the ruddy sugars of toasted coconut and something very fiberous and husky and healthy. Palm sugar is more apparent in the flavor, lacing the chocolate malts and cereals to suggest what a hawaiian spiced mocha or an asian brownie might taste like. Wisp of mint on the espresso and bitter chocolate. Lightly tannic character of black cherry and basic wood, which carries more of the anise seed pungency and date sweetness so strong in the nose. Bran consistently muscling through uneasily, cut through distinctly with some juicy citrus punch in the mid palate. Espresso plastic touch drying it out and lending a little soap. Texture is just a shade below medium and softly carbonated; generally round; some tartness of old red wine and a cinnamon toned nuttiness in a fairly lengthy finish of an odd sweetness. A fairly complex effort with lots of vibrancy and liveliness, though lacking somewhat in direction; a mostly-realized, inventive idea. Thanks Andre!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2008
750ml bottle. Sweeter aroma. Brown sugar, toasty sweet malt, peanut butter, chocolate. Simple and sweet. Pours a dark, rich brown with a thin gray film atop. Flavor is quite nutty with notes of slightly charred caramel, some juicy fruit sweetness, chocolate. Hmmm... Interesting. After all the sweetness subsided, thereís an odd dirty earthiness that leaves a weird aftertaste. Almost mushroomy. Medium bodied and creamy. Unique with different layers of complexity. Thanks Eben!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Has a very asain resturant aroma, I get a mix between those mini corn-on-the-cobbs and a leafy garnish to a Chinese entrť. Seems like a very weak brown ale with some nuttiness at first sip. I get a brown sugar feeling, must be the palm sugar. Then there is a strange taste, canít think of a good way to describe it, asian influenced for sure. I couldnt drink much of it but I think that it is great that someone did this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15796) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2008
Slightly hazy chestnut colour. Nutty aroma with something a little strange - pandan leaf Iím assuming. Full-bodied for a brown. Great nutty flavour. Some quality depth in the malt, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6091) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2008
22oz Bottle Pours out a dark brown topped with a cream tan head. Odd aroma of sour sugar and some malt. Tast is sweet with some fruit. A touch of bitter at the end. A nice brown.

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