beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap-Judges Bench Clear golden pour w/a good size foamy head. Classic sweet, doughy aroma of a Belgian Blond. Medium sweetness w/some colander/spice, bread dough, wheat, white pepper, & banana. I thought this was quite good, a very pleasant surprise. This could easily be an everyday drinker. Alcohol was well hidden, long spiced wheat finish. Seems very underrated to me.
notalush (5398) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap - hazy, dark gold beer - a little bit of soapy lace - aroma of banana/strong phenols, wheat, honey, apple - medium body, fairly smooth in the mouth - fairly sweet, with a lot of phenolic character that almost takes over the beer - thankfully, more depth develops to make it less noticeable - there is some wheaty tang, honey sweetness, bready character, cloves - it dries out a bit late, and some grassy hops come out, but remain understated - decent - certainly much better than it’s rating suggests.
guzzler67 (1571) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber appearance with a small, off white head and a small amount of lacing. Muted, spicy aroma paired with a honeyish sweetness. Fruity, spicy flavors offset by a metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with an average length finish. Was hoping for a little more depth and complexity, but had to settle for mediocrity.
argo0 (12374) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, best by 5/23/08) Small off-white head atop crystal clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/grassy, banana/clove. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, some banana, melon, light clove, light alcohol. Medium body.
nearbeer (4240) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz, bb 5/23/08. Absolutely clear (and no sediment in the bottle at all!) orange-copper with a large, lasting head. Aromas of metallic apple, caramel and spicy clove-banana. Flavor is tart apple, funky caramel and grain, bitterish dry wheat, earthy cinnamon and clove. Light-medium body is slightly tingly and dry with a touch of chest-warming alcohol in the finish. Interesting beer that seems to put sort of an English Ale twist on the Belgian style.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy gold pour. Spicy aroma. Yeast banana and clove for flavor. Cloying finish
daknole (10322) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from strykzone. Thanks! Very interesting beer. Pours a hazy godl with a big white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, honey, apple juice and malts. Flavor is yeasty, sweet, a tad spicy and a very small hop profile. I do believe this beer is way underrated.
NachlamSie (3000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle best before May 23, 2008. I don’t like to post ratings of beers that are past their recommended date stamp, but I actually liked this one and found little to no negative signs of age. The pour is hazy copper with a receding white head. The aroma is light, but solidly estery with hints of banana, coriander, lemon zest, and a pleasing dryness. The palate is slightly spritzy which melds well with the fruity sweetness. A typical banana and clove flavor profile hits my tongue, but it is appropriate and well done. The finish brings out that dryness I picked up in the aroma. I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, but it rounds out everything well. I also detect hints of green apples and black tea. This is a decent attempt by a small American brewer from Utah to replicate a basic Belgian style. I have no real problems with the brew and I feel that while it isn’t exceptional, it’s certainly underrated. Yeah, I don’t understand such a low score for this one.
hopdog (10002) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with douglas88 (thanks!). Bottle labeled bottled on 11/12/07. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a large sized head. Aromas of banana fruitiness, honey, spices, and yeast. Tastes of bananans, honey, and some citrus.
DocLock (8602) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours copper with nose of caramel malt, hops, mild funk and spicy yeast. Tastes rock sugary malty, with hops, funk, and yeasty spicy notes.