HenrikSoegaard (9750) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy and yeasty aroma. Some nice fruity esters. Moderate bitter flavor. Heavy bitter long finish. Creamy palate. Very nice.
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Cookie. Delicious beer. Aromas of butter, and apricot. Taste has a sweet start, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, almost creamy, and medium bodied. Dark yellow, with a thin head.
bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as Tuatara Golden Ale from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. AVB matches, and the label refers to this as Ardennes-style. Pours hazy dark gold with a 3 finger foamy near white head. Aroma is yeast, citrus and a dark herby note. Med body. Flavor is yeast/spice and something like old fashioned linoleum paste. The flavor is quite strong and very herby, with a good dose of peppery something. Net result is it starts a bit sweet and goes through an unusal flavor profile to end bitter. Unique. Or nearly so.
drjay44 (2343) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a medium white head, with some lacing, over a hazy, golden (SRM 6) body...nose is light pear, apple, tiny bit of banana, slight clove, bit of hop floral...taste is light bitter to start, then bits of clove, allspice enter, becoming light pear, apple, bit of peach, leading to apricot, then a final bitter hop bite to finish....mouth feel is medium, carbonation high, adding a pleasant spritz. This is a nice example of a Belgian Blond Ale. Initially in both nose and palate, it is reminiscent in some ways of a Pilsner, but then the esters and phenols from the yeast come in to change the direction. A worthy effort is this. BJCP 7/3/15/4/7
Davros (1725) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale amber with a lasting large head leaving lovely lacing.
Very refreshing aroma, with definate orange peel and blossom, soft phenols and doughy yeast. Very light and summery.
Belgian characters are equally noticeable in the flavours, with similar yeast notes and continuing orange peel. Very soft bitterness, the finish is cetred towards the clean alcohol and dryness from high carbonation which goes well alongside the summery lines of the aroma and flavours.
An excellent attempt at a foreign style.
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really easy drinking new-world example of a Belgian style golden ale... nice hop charicter and fruity estery yeast notes...
mkel07 (2516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Light apricot colour with an even level of white foam, looks strong in the body. Aromas of raisins, spiced fruit and orange peel give it an almost perfumy aroma. There is a mild tartness in the taste that leads into a long lasting aftertaste on the palate. Feels velvety in the mouth.
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. A golden beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of grassy hops and yeast. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of yeast as well as medium notes of minerals, fruit, and malt, leading to a dry bitter finish.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - APR 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2010 33oml bottle.
Aroma: fruity esters, (banana and cloves) and no real evidence of malt or yeast..
Appearance: pale, golden, and clear flat body with no particulate matter, off- white frothy diminishing head and extensive lacing.
Taste: no hint of sweetness or sourness, a touch bitter and some malty aftertaste (reminds me of a lot of commercial beers in the USA). It has no indication that the aroma is in accord with the taste however, I expected a slight fruitiness but there is none until the finish and that is slight.
Palate: light to medium body and a slightly sticky texture with light to medium carbonation, and a longish almost astringent finish with the aforementioned hint of fruit and cloves.
This beer is a little more complicated than most Tuataras I have had so far and not a bad drop. I am puzzled by the lack of accord between aroma and taste at the beginning though. It is a little intriguing and seemed to come out stronger as I drank. I get the impression that these beers should be served closer to room temperature than would be normal here in NZ.
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love this beer. Easy to down a few, while still giving something back in the way of complexity. A little more body would make me have this all the time. Well done.