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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle from capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. Golden pour with no head. Wheat aroma with spice. Watery flavor and bland. EHH.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2008
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.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
OldMrCrow (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle.

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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/24/2008
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
(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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2008
From 2008, thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body was hazy yellow with a white head. The aroma was strongly herbal with some medicinal qualities. There were also some cake donuts. The taste was bread crust with some oregano. There was also some sweet pear, like a saison to me. Low carbonation.


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