Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2011
In short: A very sharp pilsner style beer that goes off the beaten path. A strange but very enjoyable session beer.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh about one month after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Mostly clear yellow-blonde body (gets partially cloudy at the end of the bottle) topped by a HUGE white head with good retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is full of yellowed grass, some lemongrass and with some hospital gloves style phenols. The well malted body is filled with pale pils malts with a dry plain salty crackers taste. Reminds me of salted Premium Plusô crackers. I got a lot of salt/minerals (borderline metallic) sensation from this beer that just added to the astringency and didnít feel out of place. Then comes the hops with a strong yellowed grass and citric character. Very sharp finish that is as citric and dry as it is bitter. The last 10% of the bottle was quite different from the rest. The doughy yeast changed everything. My bottle was stored for two weeks horizontally in a wine cellar but that wasnít good enough. I recommend turning the bottle upside-down to spread the yeast before opening. There was some plastic/phenols from start to finish that lowers my overall score but by and large this is a wonderful session beer. The scores are pretty low for this so obviously I like it much more than most people. Iím probably wrong, I have low self esteem, and thatís all my fault..
after4ever (7273) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped. Pours a hazy golden yellow with an absolutely towering platinum blonde head that lasts for hours and hours, whether youíre lucky enough to keep it all in the glass or not. It definitely wants to be free like a butterfly--the mildest pour mounds it up and up. Nice white pepper notes on the nose. You go in suspecting saison overtones, you go in hearing about saison overtones, you get there and there are saison overtones. Orange peel, too. There go those saison overtones again. Fizzy body, just a positive eruption of carbonation down to the last drop. Crisp and light and airy. Lemons, oranges, and white pepper showing. Long peppery finish. These guys might just have this flavor profile burned into their equipment, or they might be posied to ride it to the hall of fame, or maybe both. Tasty stuff.
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light grainy gold, tons of carbonation, not a gusher but beware when you pour, bright creamy white head, good lacing... the nose reminds me of a saison, lager yeast, citrus, lemons, and hay, pretty outstanding... the taste is more saison notes, yeast, lemons, with a musky light sour finish... this is a great sessionable beer
Suttree (5857) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Despite the rather silly "too cool for a name" posturing here, this was pretty tasty. I actually had this pegged as a saison - it was spicy and a little sweet, plus some subtle lemony notes. Some white wine, some oh, I donít know, Iím gonna call it pear, too. Nice stuff...Sampled at the 2010 pre-brewers jam tasting.
Fred82 (2130) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at friday night hotel tasting at EBF 2011.
Appearance : Paler than pale yellow.
Aroma : Citrusy and quite malty. Some yeast. Light candy-ish notes. Very citrusy.
Taste : Citrusy and herbal. Nice malt. Sharp and bitter finish with nice herbal and citrusy hops. Light tartness it seems.
Overall : Really interesting stuff. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Great herbal and citrusy hops. Nice malt too. Very tasty and very surprising.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pale yellow with a monstrous white head. Nose held citrus and lemon grass along with some cereal grains. A little less carbonation would have been nice.....
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating from post-NotB tasting.
Citrusy hop qualitys with a crisp biscuity malt flavor, like a german pils done w/ American hops. A good thing.
Boutip (5583) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy light yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of floral dry hops with some hay notes and some lightly sweet malt backbone. Taste is a nice mix between some lightly sweet malt notes with a light bready yeast with some hay and dry floral hoppy notes. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and some good carbonation. Not your typical lager but very enjoyable with nice hops profile.
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to FalconA for hooking me up with this huge want of mine. 750 ml into a pint glass. Suppose this is from 2010.
A - Pours a hazy pale amber body. Tons of rising carbonation and and a billowing mass of white foam that overflows and has peaks to it. Takes quite a bit of time and effort to get a full pour. For a 3 year old beer this is pretty damn active.
S - The aroma is almost like a hefe. Cut grass, cereal grains, some sweet cracker malts, and lemons. It is pretty fruity and herbal and actually pretty complex. There is something a bit off and unpleasant towards the finish. I understand that it was a pretty hoppy beer to begin with but that is all but faded now.
T - Follows the nose with cereal grains, lemons juice, and some spice. There is a bit of oxidation in the beer present in the form of a malt like sweetness with a bit of cardboard. It currently compliments the beer, but you can tell that this beer has nowhere to go but downhill. Very reminiscent of Dogfish Headís Golden Shower with age only with considerably less abv and intensity. Its actually pretty tasty. Creamy mouth feel but it feels like its missing some carbonation.
O - Beer wise it has held up considerably well. Iíve only had one other aged imperial pilsner/lager and this is right there along side it. It works, its just obvious that the hops have faded and some oxidation is beginning to settle in. Oh, and the label. As a die hard Clash fan Iím pretty much in love.
CheersMate (1333) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shibby-dibby-doo. A 750 ml. bottle purchased from Malt and Vine. Itís quite carbonated. In fact, Iím having to wait quite a while just to imbibe. This has a most excellent aroma. From the deScription, they say they didnít use brettanomyces, but Iím getting a brett-like aroma. It has a wonderfully crisp hop aroma that reminds me of the Duvel Triple-Hop. Wow, this aroma is pungent, and pleasing. This has a diaphanous golden/yellow appearance. Itís looking pretty good, as well. Itís VERY crisp and effervescent, texture-wise. Itís quite different from what you would expect from your everyday pale lager. This has a pleasing hop flavor, with a grassy and dry finish. This does have a light honey flavor to it. Itís very good, almost to the point where Iíd consider this a Saison. Ok, if youíre going to consider this a pale lager, then Iíd say itís the best.