DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Bottle. Pours fairly transparent amber with giant lacey and dense off-white head. Nose is buttery, bready ,a little caramel, banana, and cream. Flavors are slightly acidic but full of banana flavors...with some caramel, buttery, bready notes pretty much everywhere...and the acidic characteristics take the form of green apple and grape around the edges. Bubbly and bloating, for sure...but this is interestingly flavorful for what it is, though the prickly carbonation almost hurts...the alcohol is masked well, I like it. But its gassy as hell.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
75cl bottle, brewed by BBC. First off, this is not a doppelbock in the slightest, but I guess we still havenít figured out what to do with it... Pours a deep gold color with a frothy white head that has decent retention. Brilliantly clear. Apple pie, citrus peel, and spicy/sweet alcohol aroma. Sweet and a bit creamy on the malt in the flavor with a lot of fruitiness from the apparent alcohol. Finishes a little dry from it as well, with an almost papery feel and lingering sweetness. Medium body with ample carbonation at first but then gets a little coarse and flabby. Great look, but this really just ends up coming across like a mediocre Belgian golden strong ale. Just buy a Duvel and save yourself the twelve bucks. If it took me this long to come up with this beer (as they claim it did) Iíd be pretty disappointed.
BrewBoxer (1871) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a gold sparking color with a thick foamy head. Bubbling like champagne. Smells of bananas, bread and clove. The taste was much heavier then the look. Has a toasty/carmel flavor with an aftertaste of alcohol and fuits. This was a good beer, but nothing spectacular. Iíll stick with champagne on New Years Eve.
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one has an enticing wheaty aroma. I also detect the smell of flowers, even strawberries. Head is off-white and bubbly, while the brew is light amber hinting on the side of orange. The taste is crisp and similar to champagne with a bit more weight to it. There is wheat and citrus to the taste as well. I had hoped for more in the way of taste, but that is all there is to it. The champagne aspect to the brew sticks with you for awhile, quite heavy on the carbonization. The mild burn of which sticks through into the aftertaste. I enjoyed it, but I would have preferred a sixer of something from Samís regular lineup.
HighWine (946) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bubbly golden pour in the glass. Large foam bubbles make up a two finger head that clings extremely well to the glass. Belgian yeast nose, banana, candi sugar, and a little tart green apple. Rich tasting Belgian golden ale. A little sweet and becomes boozy as it warms up. Flavors of honey and grass predominate. Could use a little more hop balance to cut the sweetness. Nice big, oily palate. Great mouthfeel. A very nice beer worth drinking during good times with good friends or cellaring for a special occaions.
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours light yellowish-orange with a bubbly white head. Sweet aroma as I expected since this is listed as a doppelbock, however, there is a generous amount of citrusy fruit in the aroma as well. The flavor does a good job of balancing the sweetness with notes of banana, orange zest, and lemon. The sweetness, and perhaps the alcohol, keep this from being too light and fruity with every ingredient working in perfect balance. The $19 price tag would keep this from being a standard purchase and the 750 mL bottle is a bit much for me to enjoy by myself but overall, against my skepticism, this beer works quite well.
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
When two famous breweries get together and brew a beer, you have to be curious. Beer pours and looks like sparkling wine. Carbonation keeps like a sparkling wine. Taste is hoppy like a Sam Adams Nobel Pils. Taste is a bit bland and frankly disappointing.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark gold with a tight white head; champagne-like carbonation. Aroma is very yeasty; bread and lemons. Very yeasty sweet flavor with a fruity dry finish. Good, but not sure it was worth the $19 price tag.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma starts with a little bit of a soft apple/brandy kind of character backed up by a firm maltiness with a hint of graham cracker.
Apperance is a brilliantly clear golden yellow with a big frothy white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing. Bubbles replenish throughout.
Taste is vaguely reminiscent of a nice tripel, but without the spicey clovey character that typifies the style. The apple fruit kind of character returns and a little toasty malt character persists.
Palate is medium dry and prickly on the tongue from the high carbonation, satisfactorily big without cloying or fatiguing.
Overall this is a fairly unique offering from the Sam Adams Weihenstephaner collaboration, and while not totally revolutionary as it has been described it is very unique and enjoyable.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last corked bottle in Spring, TX, found at H.E.B. at 2920 and Spring Cypress. Woah, Iím incredible.
Pours an average, glassy and lively cheddar orange with a healthy white head. Reminds me of a dark champagne. Aroma is rounded fruit and bread, with slightly brackish spring water as a base. Flavor is buttery raisin and sweetened butter bread, with hints of plumb, bologna, and dark berries soaked in butter fat. Thick on the tongue. Way too buttery and seems to be trying harder than it really needs to. Overpriced and not worth it based on that premise alone.