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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Bottle from Mystery Swap 3.0. Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice sized white head. Aroma of sweet spices, ginger, oranges, yeast and malt. Taste is exceptionally smooth and complex. Has a semi sweet spice flavor with a mild, balanced finish. Alcohol is nicey hidden. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle. Translucent yellow-urine coloring. No head. Juice-like. Yeasty, lavender, spicy. Assaults the nose, especially the peppery-coriander mix. Flavoring is much more delicate and not as in your face as the aroma. Best served semi-warm. I’m a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5619) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3078) - Ocean County, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2008
Aroma is spicy, obviously, but damn, this smells dry, yeasty- like a Wit pissed out by Barry Bond. Wait, that sound kinda gay that I am even saying that. Maybe it just has a lot of B-12. HAHA. Anyway, the taste is sweet spice, heavy juniper and coriander. This is pretty damn good. I am going against the grain on this. Drinks like a 7 percent beer, no 10 here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5910) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Miver: Poured a deep lightly hazy golden color ale with a small white foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of pear, juniper and bubble gum is quite intense but very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between a typical Belgian triple with some excellent notes of juniper, pear and bubblegum. Body is quite full with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one even though the aroma and spicing is too intense to drink this regularly.

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