Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from capones. Body pours as a straw opasity with a a fluffy white head. Aroma is juniper gin, light fruit, burnt candi sugar, and spicy yeast. Flavor is complex but expressed in a subtle way. Some hop character, gin berries, and sweet suga. I enjoyed this one.
ChainGangGuy (4366) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a thin, bubbly, white head.
Smell: Pale malt aroma with notes of banana, spice, yeast, flowers, and yarrow. Ah, Yarrow, my old friend digs up an Allagash Fluxus flashback.
Taste: Pale malts with a hit of sweet candi sugar. Splash of pear juice. Sour yeastiness. Hint of fresh, sliced bananas. Mild juniper berry character, but, then again, I’ve never had a beer infused with junper berries that really knocked me out of my seat with juniper flavor. I’m not really getting much hoppiness out of this thing. Lightly spicy and the distinct yarrow taste. A little peppery on the sweetish, yeasty finish.
Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Another fun, fine experiment from the Tröegs Scratch series, though I’ve never been particularly wild about additions of yarrow to beer.
MadIndian (2366) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. Golden pour with no head. Wheat aroma with spice. Watery flavor and bland. EHH.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure what to think of this one. A murky yellow color with a moderate white head. The aroma is funky with some lemons and band aids. A slight lemon household cleaner thing going on. The flavor is rather sour with some lemons and herbal notes. A yeasty presence to this beer. Overall not horrible but odd nonetheless.
OldMrCrow (1810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2008
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours gold, not too much head. Sticky-sweet nose, herbal (like lavender) with coriander and somewhat sulphuric like something that would drain from an old junker. Horrible sickly sweet flavor, spicy, like a distilled witbier, absolutely undrinkable. My wife - who has had some pretty bad beers (but not yet Bud Clamato) practically screamed at me: "This is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever given me." Unfortunately, she’s probably right. I’m sorry to be a hater, but this beer is an absolute mess. Drain pour.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy dark yellow, wispy white head,
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with lots of peppery spicyness,
Flavor: sweet candy malt flavor, touch of fruity character, lots of balancing spicyness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin, stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity Belgian malts with a good coriander spice and honey complexity. Starts sweet and sugary with some bready yeasty flavor before a slightly thinner peppery finish. Pretty authentic and enjoyable, while hiding the alcohol fairly well.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. Aroma is malty, coriander, juniper berries, some spices and peppery hops. Flavor is malty, yarrow, coriander, juniper berries, and a bitter peppery finish.
nimbleprop (4814) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. Pours a cloudy, orange-yellow with no head. Smells of coriander, spice, yeast, lemon peel and slight funk. Flavor is overly spiced, clove and coriander with some hay and yeast. Clean finish has some lasting funk.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma is dominated by yarrow and ginger becoming more fragrant as it warms with notes of orange peel, banana, light coriander, juniper, and perfume. The flavor carries much from the aroma with the yarrow and ginger then leading deeper with cinnamon, light citrus, juniper, and nutmeg. Enjoyable!
Nice experiment with the yarrow, which in my opinion turned out much better than Fluxus. Would not be surprised to see more experimentation of yarrow as a substitute for hops in Belgian influenced beers.