GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Very light, hazy yellow/straw color. Ample, puffy white head with loads of lacing.
S: The Belgian yeast gives it a characteristic nose but also a little too close to that skunky smell of Heineken.
T: Mild taste with a tiny bit of hops and just a hint of the fruit and spice you’d anticipate with Belgian yeast.
M: Very light and a touch thin with a dry finish.
D: A good beer, but not necessarily one I’d seek out; nor would I turn it down.
brokensail (12367) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The pour is an incredibly pale straw color with some chill haze and a big white head.
S: Starts off with a sour aroma with some lemon, lemon zest, and a lot of yeast. There’s a bit of coriander and white pepper to it along with a touch of bread, and some raw (green) vegetables.
T: Coriander and pepper to start this one off along with a bit of a grassy hop flavor. Mildly bitter with some grain husk flavor with a bit of sourness and some more lemon zest. At least I don’t get my serving of vegetables, but the flavor is a bit watery.
M: The body is light to medium with a medium to high carbonation.
D: I guess the nice thing to say about this beer is that the 9.5% ABV is well hidden. Unfortunately, the flavors and aromas are not very good.
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last sample of the Richmond Epic and Rare gathering. Pale yellow,OK head. Slight aroma of pale malt. Flavor is light malt, and faint pepper spiciness. Some bitterness on the finish. Subtle brew, but not bad.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Capone’s last Saturday.
Pours a cloudy straw color with a slight white head and bits of lacing. Nose and taste are both somewhat bland and there really isn’t much going on, especially for what is often a complex--albeit light--style. Some grassy grain and minimal sweetness. Some light pear and green aple tastes and some citrusy, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is quite light with a few bitter notes. Light carbonation. Goes down pretty smoothly, but rarely not all that much there. It’s almost like a Belgian Mild.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-28-2010
kramer (5329) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow body with a one inch fizzy white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is rather light, a touch of bready malt, some light yeast, and just a little floral hops. The flavor is very very weak, with some suggestions of an infection that havent quite fully set in yet. Very thin maltiness with just some light floral hops. Just a minimal Belgian yeast note. Very light bodied, watery even, with prickly fizzy carbonation. This one just falls real short of enjoyable.
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The light aroma of fruits, a bit of citrus and stale pears from the can. The pale ale pours very murky yellow, like pineapple juice. It tastes just like watered down orange juice unfortunately.
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy light brown pour with creamy white head and lace. Belgian yeast and light bread. Lemon and paper on the flavor. thin and watery, not very much
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle/22oz - Pours a pale yellow in color with a big foamy white head... way over carbonated. Aroma was Belgian yeast, lemon and grassy hops. Flavor is mildly hoppy and dry with grassy hops, lemon and some Belgian yeast. Flavors are not that distinct and the hops are dominant over the yeasts. No malt balance. Just average....
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
opaque lemon, white foamy head. Very simple nose, strong grapefruit pulp/sour scent and some granny smith. Flavor a bit harsh with an overtly bitter mid-palate, soapy finish, and bubblegum sweetness up front, also light lemon.
kbutler1 (1375) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Batch 4, bottle 126 of 472, rarity. Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow with a white pillowy head. Definately pick up some fruit type aromas in the nose along with a touch of belgian yeast. Medium/light mouthfee with lots of carbonation. The taste is rather so-so with nothing really stepping up and taking center stage. Slightly lemony sweet start and from there it kind of falls apart with some hops and some belgian yeast. It is basically like a real bad rendition of a berliner and even worse rendition of a Belgian Ale. Good thing they only made 472 bottles of this.