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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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Revisiting Scratch #3, we take the same Tripel recipe, add beet and cane sugars to the kettle, and run the wort through our hopback brimming with juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers.

Inspired by the herbaceous nose of gin, the berries and flowers give a slight pine/citrus aroma with floral undertones. Scratch #8 has a dry, yeasty finish and noticeable alcohol warming when consumed.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours out a lively carbonated, slightly hazy light orange. Aroma is very interesting, yeast, interesting spice and notes of juniper, reminiscent slightly of the nose of gin. Taste is complex, clove, citrus, heavy yeast, spice, some banana and a dry slightly alcoholic finish with a bit of a burn. Extremely interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (4702) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle. Sweet wheaty aroma with strong clove and a bit of yeast, lesser orange rind with stronger lemongrass. No sign of alcohol. Body pours a hazy golden with little head. Complex taste features extremely strong clove and lemon, strong notes of wheat and yeast, medially alcoholic and sticky with bubblegum and a touch of orange. Strong spiciness tends toward ginger, faint allspice, and faint nutmeg, but the juniper notes quickly come to dominate. Just a touch of Heavyweight’s Gruit, I suppose from the yarrow. Not particularly warming, but with a full, malty body and slightly tart prickling. Easily one of the best experiments I’ve had this year - worthy of the snifter that held it!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Courtesy of acrdz. Hazy, very pale body with a small white head. Big sweet perfumey nose with lavender, cotton candy, banana and honey. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with cotton candy, honey, banana, peach and pepper. Medium/high is chewy with moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a hazy, golden orange color; off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Tons of floral notes, cinnamon, spice (especially coriander) and even a touch of hot pepper / pepper in the aroma; intense, and showing a fair bit of alcohol. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: slightly relaxed carbonation; very sticky, chewy Belgian sugar and flowers and coriander upfront; tons of spice and sweetness in this beer; plenty of alcoholic warmth. A bit off-balance. Lengthy finish, showing sticky Belgian sugar, yeast, and bread.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Poured a clear light gold-cooper color with a thin white head. The aroma was fairly spiced with some sweet malt underneath. Spicy flavor with light malt notes. Hint of citrus finds its way out. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks mj) Small off-white head atop hazy apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bubblegum, straw, some orange, honey. Taste is moderately sweet, bubblegum, orange, alcohol, light berry. Some alcohol burn. Sticky medium-full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
12 oz bottle from Dickinsonbeer. Hazy orange in color with a medium to large off white head. Aroma is pretty weird but I enjoyed it- yeasty with phenols and light banana esters, and alot of spices- coriander, flowers which I guess was the yarrow and light notes of vanilla and candi sugar. Taste is fruity with some citrus esters, bready yeast, light banana, and moderately spicy with coriander, berries, and floral notes. A moderate honey sweetness throughout with touches of sugar, medium bodied, a touch of alcohol and lingering spices in the finish. Before I had a chance to look it up, I was originally guessing this may have been a Grand Cru. A bit weird but I enjoyed it alot. Thanks Paul.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Pours turbid canary with 1-finger of white head. This one looks outstanding. The aroma is a mishmash; very complex, with a lot of components. I got peachy fruit, funky notes, spicy yeast, florals, mild berry notes, and some rock sugary notes. The taste is fruity up front, with defined apricotty, berry, and peachy notes, coupled with some rock sugary malt, spicy yeast, hopcitrus, and floral notes as it warms. The palate is rich, very unique in the flavor profile, and very smooth. This beer defies style characteristics, and will thus frustrate and irk the true purists, and I think this one is criminally underrated. I’m just glad I bought a sixer, because these scratch beers don’t last long.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 12 oz bottle: beer pours slightly hazy gold into the glass with about a finger of head. Aroma is interesting in a good way... floral and spicy reminiscent of ginger, with definite coriander, and some esters. Flavor is absolutely delicious as the beer warms. Flavor is lots of coriander at first with a bit of an herbal quality. As the beer warms it really does take on slight notes of gin on the back of the mouth. Flavor also has some triple elements, good bit of esters perceived in the taste from the aroma. Really smooth mouth feel with gentle tiny bubbled carbonation. I really liked this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
Pale golden beer thin white head. Sweet herbal aroma. Minty and lightly fruity over a light belgian/pils malt base. Fruity and lightly herbal. Some lingering bubblegum sweetness. Herbal and lightly spicy. I like it.


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