tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong hop nose - very fresh, vaguely sweet, but all hops. Clear amber brown with white head that recedes to a thick ring. Nicely balanced. Quietly exciting flavour. Strong malt base subsumed with hops that traverse from flavouring to bittering - grassy, herbal, floral, with malt sweetness coming back in the finish. Mild tannins noticeable. Good light carbonation. Firmly medium body. Very enjoyable and a pretty bottle too. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Bottle.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange brown body with a foamy white head. Aroma presents rather vague bready and earthy malt which is caramelic. Surprisingly, yeast plays an important part giving it an interesting banana fruitiness. The 60 ibus appear rather well hidden though, mostly displayed as peppery hints. It doesn’t seem too complex though. Once you take a sip though, it’s immediately superior to the aroma. There’s a very spicy hoppiness complementing the beautiful yeast. The image I’d use to describe it is a flower in a cemetary. Aftertaste is rather complex as well, grassy, green, robust yet balanced with tea hints. Medium bodied with rather low carbonation. I didn’t expect to enjoy it that much and was expecting an hyped alt for it’s rather rare, but this is worth seeking.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aromas with some fruity character. Beer poured with very little head. Deep copper color and clear with a low carbonation level. Rich malty flavor with some mild roasted malt flavor coming thru, a mild bitter taste in the finish. Not as much hop flavor or bitterness as I was expecting. This beer was bottled almost 3 yrs ago and I’ll need to try it again fresh. Flavor almost reminds me of a bock beer with a little more bitter finish. Good beer considering it’s 3 yrs old!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark copper brown with a thin and short lived head. Aroma is dry and caramely malty with a touch of chocolate and some hoppy balance. Body is dry and earthy with some dark sweetness and caramel malt. This could use some balance, and is not something I’d be paying $5/bottle for again any time soon. Still a nice alt, but overrated and overpriced.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear crismon brown color with little to no head. Great fresh ligthly caramel and malty aroma with a noticeable pineapple component. Very wet mouthfeel. Flavor is lighter than expected. Of course, that is not to say it is not bitter, because it is, very bitter. The bitter flavor is crisp and lasting finishing with a moderate puff of german malt. Mix in some smooth and sweet maltiness and you have it. Interestingly, the first few ounzes I poured and drank were significantly "rougher" than the last 7 or so ounzes. In other words, the first sample from the bottle was not balanced, while the second sample was like two identical twins on a teeter-totter. Overall, a great altbier with some nice subtle surprises.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this taste. Clear brown, smallish head, sweet aroma. A bit thin, some sweetness, not much else except alcohol and it does not finish very well. Not very impressed.
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium beige head atop a clear copper body. Aroma is light sweet, caramel, light grassy/herbal. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some fruity, some alcohol evident, finishing herbal/earthy. Medium body. Very drinkable.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a ok Altbier. Caramel, malt, and sweet flavors. Finishes creamy, smooth, and chewy.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear nut brown body with little head. Malty nose with some alcohol evident. Thin, light body with a slight bitterness near the finish. Not a lot to this brew.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden brown w/ a small head. Slightly sweet flavor. It’s a good looking beer. Fairly light bodied. Like a small-brown ale.