Sammy (8523) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A light cloudy very yeasty and drinkable ale. Sweet and spicy,apples, pear, pepper, peaches, apricot, bannana, sugar and plum, A full mouthfeel experience. Would be lovely with dinner.
Retired? Glad I didnít completely miss this performer.
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
How many times had I passed on buying this beer, knowing that it wasnít the quality of Beatrix. Still, this was interesting, perhaps more interesting than I had assumed. Yeasty aroma with notes of orange, a touch of spice, and cork. Hazy golden yellow color. Adequate carbonation plus an acidic bite at the front, but a quick finish lends the sensation of being light and thin. Still, it was engaging at moments.
Kevin (2069) - New Mexico, USA - APR 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark yrllow with some orange color and a light fizz to it. aroma is yeasty, raisin, and musty cork. flavors are earthy, dark and dusty with a dry chocolate and yeast finish
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big thanks to Rastacouere for bringing this bottle to the tasting. Unknown vintage (has to be at least 3 years old). Bottle pops open without any gushing. . .good. Aroma is certainly funky, with no thick veggies. MartinT quickly takes a whiff and remarks, "flour". It did have a strange, powdery-sweet aroma, but I wasnít altogether turned off. Bits of sharp fruit peek in and an old, musty yeast shows its face. Pour is heavily hazy, polished copper with plenty of white head. Flavor begins with plasticy, artificially sweet notes, rather chunky and with the strangest yeast characteristics Iíve encountered. At first I think Iím tasting a decent maltiness, but the more I sample, I figure it must be some residual sugar (hopefully they didnt use plain old white table sugar in this, but I canít be so sure!). Itís funny, I didnít hate this, and it wasnít horribly offensive, just not something you are used to tasting. That being said, itís not really something Iíd want to get used to tasting. Medium body, some astringency on the finish, with a good carbonation. I donít taste any alcohol.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Musty, stale, floral aroma with notes of sweet icing sugar and some mild fruitiness. Hazy orange-copper coloured body with lasting cover of white head. Musty, sweet flavour with some notes of plastic. Medium body with fair carbonation that is engaging in the mouth. Seems to have lost its lustre over the years of aging. Bottle sampled with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Old baking flour generously dusted on yeast particles and brown sugar.
Big bubbles bounce off the powdery sugar and yeast. Dry and bitter with no apparent cohesion. Either this is too old and disintegrating, or it is just not very well done.
One of my cousins used to work in a large factory/bakery hoarding bags of flour into a machine.
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Decent foamy head. Golden-orange body. Poor unapt aroma reveals celery overtones on top of overly sweet shaving cream and plasticy funk. Hair fixing stuff abounds on the palate, greasy. Bubbly mouthfeel, drying out and rubbering out! Hopefully not one of the bottles that have aged the best, because I really donít like it and I loved Beatrix.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, one Iíve had for at least a year, via Johnís Grocery originally. Pours with a nice white head that lingers as Iíve let the glass sit for at least 10min, a finger width of foam is still sitting on it. First pour from bottle is a clear copper/peachy/orange color. Cork is evident, musty cellar character I guess is what we are supposed to call that...overall the smell is somewhat reminscent of an Amsterdam alley, but maybe one that is near some blooming fruit trees. First taste reveals a light malty palate, finishes with malt just lightly spiced with hop bitterness...drinks pretty easy, although alcohol does make itself known. Lots of fruitiness in this one, but it is all in check and doesnít get carried away...it just gets mixed in with the funk...the corky nose starts smelling like a horse saddle(albeit mildly so), and that shows up in the finish too. Finish begins to thicken up on me and becomes somewhat sticky as I work through the glass...The first time I tried this beer I was very intoxicated, and I thought it smelled and tasted like mothballs. That may have just been the corky, leather taint I get in this one, or it was a sketchy bottle, or I was drunk. I was very skeptical about it this time, but it turns out I like it somewhat, kind of like Amsterdam for me...lots of dingy, dank crap, but an overriding sense of uniqueness and beauty pervades if you allow it to do so. You walk out of that city, and something sticks out about it, and sticks with you...same thing with this beer. I wish mine would have had one of those shoes hanging on it like the picture.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle (unknown vintage) sampled early December 2004: Large fluffy cream dies into large soapy bubble atop a golden, apricot haze. Frantic stream of bubbles throughout the body. A thin white film is left after sitting for several minutes. Yeasty, yellow cake aroma with figs, sugary malt, butter and soft earth. Fairly spicy palate: peppery and herbal qualities. Floral hops are evident along the smooth, creamy mouth feel. Soft, subtle fruits are more noticeable as it opens up and warms: pears, bananas, cherries, plums, and honey suckle. Long, lingering, funky finish with leather, tannins, iron, spicy yeast, malted flowers, dull lemon grass and a bit of candy sugar mix for an interesting end to a truly crazy beer.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great brew from this brewery, too bad it got closed down. Very sweet malts in the aroma, hints of butterscotch, apple, subtle hoping, light spiciness, lots of cork-smelling-woodiness and honey. This brew is very fizzy and alive on the palate but still somehow manages to trick the mind with a very smooh thick sweet maltiness. Up front butterscotch provides a nice touch, followed by warm honey malts with some fruity apple tastes, yeast, and finishing with just a light almost stale/dry hopping. Pours a light amber/gold with a tall but fast falling white head that leaves no lacing.