nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is sweet, sour, and peppery, with lemon, malt, and yeast. The appearance is very nice. It has one of the most persistent foamy head that I have seen. The flavor is malty, spicy, citrusy, and bitter. The palate is average for the style. This is one solid beer in almost every way.
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. $4.99 for 11.2 oz. Belgian yeast aroma. Murky, dishwatery, orange with a large white, to off-white head that is lasting. This is the only beer I can remember where you can actually see the head continually being replenished by the bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head actually doesn’t just "last", it grows just sitting there! Champagne-like steady visible carbonation. Visible yeast clumps float near the bottom of the glass upon settling. A burst of alcohol hits the palate immediately upon first sip as does the considerable, champagne-like mouthfeel. None of the 9.5% ABV is hidden in this one. A lovely brew, but one that is dominated by alcohol, and is therefore somewhat harsh and fairly one-dimensional.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, yellow-gold body with a huge white head. Fruity aroma with some spice. Taste is slightly fruity with notes of spice and and alcohol. Not generally my favorite style, but an enjoyable beer.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orangy blonde with a lot of chunky bits of sediment. Citrusy and had a sharp bitterness I’ve never noticed before, closer to the front of the tongue. Could be all the alcohol. The head makes it look great, but taste-wise I really don’t see the big deal. Lemon, yeast, a bit of basic spice (black pepper), but not much else. Overrated and dull.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden yellow with a moderate white head. Citrus and spice in both the aroma and palate. A solid triple, but I expected a bit more.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a medium white head on a cloudy yellow body. Strong malty aroma with spices, pine and alcohol. Sweet flavor with spices on a medium body.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 07/11/2010. Best before end 19/01/12. Bottled on 19/01/10 - 05 03896. Slightly hazy pale golden body with a moderaterocky white head. Sweet spicy and perfumy hop aroma on a light malt background. Sweet fruit, candi sugar, and spicy/perfumy notes with a very dry finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/3/8/3/14 - 3.5
12/31/2005 - Very frothy white head on a hazy blond body. Very spicy aroma and a very fruity flavor. 6/4/7/4/15 - 3.6
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fragrant, fresh and citrussy. Cloudy peach brew with a thick "shaving cream" head. The alcohol is noticeable, but so are an array of spice flavours as well. Very bubbly, very warming and nicely intoxicating.
Not earth-shattering, but a very nice brew to begin New Year’s Eve with.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours slightly hazy and golden/orangey, thich white head. Looks great even with the floaters. Aroma of citrus peel. Flavor is very sweet, more citrus peel, ginger, pine. Lots of carbonation, like a soda. This just didn’t do a lot for me.
barleybro57 (3) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured out a great white head, nice yellow color. I’m used to darker ales, so maybe I’m a little biased - but I thought lacking in flavor and complexity.