Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cork & Cage ($25) opened and shared with friends on 12-31-10. Crystal clear, golden yellow with slight orange hues. Frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Slightly sweet, clean, crisp aroma with slight yeast notes. Heavily carbonated but not nearly as carbonated as champagne. Noticeably sweet, clean, crisp medium to light body with malty citrus notes. Clean, slightly dry finish. Extremely quaffable especially considering the 10.5% ABV. Absolutely no alcohol comes through. A bit disappointing considering all the hype, but definitely worth trying! Not really a stand-out, game changing beer but I’d like to see more takes on redesigning the mash and pushing the limits. A for effort, solid B for execution/final product.
radagast83 (6760) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle. Aroma was sweet fruits, apples. Flavor was clean, touch of sour fruits, very champagne-like in character. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for a 10% beer. A bit pricey, but well worth getting one bottle to share, though with the holidays over, it may be a tougher sell.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL popped for NYE to start 2011. Well here are my thoughts. The pour is champagne-like with big clarity, a fizzy white head, and soda retention and little poofs of lace that remain for some people’s glasses. The aroma is all impending diacetyl, lots of old butter, less than inviting butterscotch candies. Really the aroma is buttered muffin. Taste for some people was diacetyl. I didn’t pick up too much on the palate but that doesn’t keep the beer from having a heavy butter flavor. Along with the butter comes some pretty unsightly cardboard and newspaper elements. Relatively bland. The fizzy, spritzy mouthfeel really takes over from a nondescript body.
So what is the purpose of this beer? How did it take them over two years to come up with this recipe? Why was it bottled in Boston rather than at Weihenstephaner? How did Weihenstephaner allow such crap to have its name and logo all over the bottle? How did the Weihenstephaner brewmasters let this pass as a commendable product? If this batch was the final product at Weihenstephaner, they would have sent it straight down the drain. No question. I hold Weihenstephaner to a standard so I’m very disappointed. Sam Adams I could give a shit about.
unclemike (2832) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
first beer of 2011 Bottle. High fluffy and lasting white head. Clear amber golden warm body with a lot of bubbles. Aroma of alcohol, barley malt, a touch of lemon. Bitter sweet lemon peach flavor with a champagne like body. Heavily carbonated. Long sweet aftertaste. Alcohol very well hidden in the flavor.
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear gold with a large billowing white head. Aroma of white grape, pineapple, and alcohol. Sweet and minerally, with a dry finish.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
shared bottle. pours a deep golden with lots of bubbles and a thick 3 finger white head. high levels of diacetyl on the nose (butterscotch) - with thin layers of bread and light fruit. medium body with sweet malts up front, softer citrus notes on the sides with some lingering musty dark fruit. dry, sweet finish with some light grape notes coming forward. the alcohol comes out a bit on the end, but is hardly noticeable throughout. overall - very disappointed in this one - great packaging - not great beer, imo.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uncorked at midnight on NYE 2010 with Iowaherkeye. Pours clear light golden color with very fizzy head. Aroma of belgian yeast, fruity esters, with some occasional buttery notes. Flavor is very sweet, highly carbonated and slightly alcoholic finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but a little too sweet for my taste.
JStax (4578) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Aroma is much like a pineapple milkshake. Appearance is a hazy blonde with a thick, foamy white head. Taste is sweet pineapple with yeasty notes up front. Clean palate. Smooth for such a high abv.
AndyReynolds (1081) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2011 Bottle. Super carbonated evident in the pour and head. Aroma is sweet malts, notes of yeast. Very different. Palate is overcarbonated, but easy going down. Flavor is sweet. Considering it was brewed following the German purity law, it is damn good.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) amber with huge eggshell head. Aroma of banana and clove. But flavor is more caramel malt, slighly syrupy. Some banana and clove but not a lot. Not really a Belgian Ale at all - more of an Imperial Weissbier.