rauchbier (3605) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2004 Bottle conditioned. Amber gold colour, initialy good white head soon drops leaving thin cover, low to moderate condition. Aromas of honey, perfumy spice (possibly aniseed, despite it listing corriander on the label)), yeast and alcohol vapours but toward the end a slight suggestion of oxidation set in (but in a nice way). Soft and sweet in the mouth with honey, apple and yeast along with some hop flavour. Long finish with malt, spice and a dry chalkiness. I thought it more of a Dutch than a Belgian Tripel, which is good.
RobBestwick (587) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
citrusy/wheaty nose, pours with a slightly cloudy golden hue with no head, spicy and yeasty flavour, coriander hints and a dry finish, interesting.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very strange yellow cloudy mystery beer,with complex spices and a high alcohol content, this was the brew that took me over the edge! try slamming a six pack some night
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It just wasn't all that. Nice golden color, the head diminished rapidly into almost nothingness. I didn't note complex flavors here. A sort of indistinct Belgian yeastiness, some sweetness, and then the bitter taste of saccharin at the finish. This is dwarfed by Allagash.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 17, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy, light orange color, (looks like orange Easter egg dye) with a white, loosely connected, short-lived head of bubbles. Smell is lead by a bitter hop fragrance, then grapes, yeast, clove, alcohol and underlings of butterscotch sweetness. When I tasted the beer the first thing that came to mind was that this is a perfect combination of the Aventinus and the Allagash White flavors. If you've had those beers that should make sense to you. For those who haven't had them: apple, clove and yeast are up front, followed by hints of banana, coriander, varied spices, and drying from the alcohol. There is a good amount on the palate here, though it isn't a marriage made in heaven and the taste suffers because of it. I can see how this beer would appeal to many because of its complexity and innovativeness, but it fails in the area that counts most to me: taste.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky golden color with a soapy off-white head that faded fast but left good lacing. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, candy sugar , clove and pepper. Thick creamy mouthfeel.The taste, less complex than the nose would indicate, is an artful blend of banana and apricot, neither flavor overwhelming the other. There is a hint of pepper in the aftertaste. For a 9.5% ABV beer the alcohol was very well hidden. This beer is less candy sugar sweet than other Belgian style ales I've tried. In my opinion not as good as Victory's Storm King, but close.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy light gold, big fluffy yet dense off-white head. Complex. Spices, earth, yeast, sourness. A little alcohol on the finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Yellow-golden color with almost no head and a lot of yeast floating around. The smell was tart like lemon and the flavor was a blend of many spices. However, there was a lemon-like pucker to it that was not good.
crazyvin (1938) - New York, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very complex beer. Sweet and spicy flavours finshing with a pleasent hoppy bite. Nice sweet aroma, with a golden color and white head. The only draw back was the head faded fast.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had from bottle on July 13, 2003 - Day 13 of Blake's Beer Month™
Wow. This beer is hard to describe - it's full of flavors, but almost overwhelmingly so. The beer pours with a golden color, nice head and an aroma that is weak, and nothing special. The flavoring of this beer is quite complex - tons of spices, a definite fruity sweetness, very light alcohol flavor. I was really expecting something great here, but was surprised by the odd flavor - it was definitely a different beer, but not something that you could easily drink for days on end. You've got to try it at least once...then you can figure out if you want this odd concoction again.