drougkolya (275) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bière rousse foncée de 5%. Très mousseuse et bon équilibre de houblon. Recette de Benjamin Franklin avec brindilles de sapinette. Bravo!!!
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for a great person sending this to me. I poured this bottle into a small sifter it produced a small white bubbly head that left fast the body was a light brown in color.
The aromas were sweet and malty balanced by some unmistakable spruce note. The flavor was nice as well it was defiantly one of the best spiced beer I have ever had truly enjoyable it had that bitter spruce flavor but a big old molasses base to balance this one out. It felt great in the mouth with good carbonation.
A great beer I could have had another one right after my first which is suprising for a spiced brew. well worth trying and seeking out
Serving type: bottle
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
LOVE IT. I love the fact that Yards is willing to do these more traditional ales that are from off the beaten path. It reminds me a bit of the Fraoch Heather ale in that the mouth feel is very soft and damned near creamy. Not hoppy really, the malt takes a front seat here and is massaged into something smooth and comforting by the spruce tips which give off a gentle flowery note. Doesn’t get resinous like some might think. I haven’t had this in multiple servings back to back, but I like it as a single change of pace beer. If nothing else, give it a shot....you never know until you try! I also get the feeling some will be either love or hate it in their opinions...I love it.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler pours deep amber with full sticky tan head. Aroma is heavy spruce almost piney with spice notes and lots of sweet molassass aromas. Flavor is sweet with flavors of brown sugar and molassas a woody piney spruce flavor is very heavy. Some carmel malt present and a little hoppiness in the backround. Body is full and finish is a bit sweet but balaned with pine.
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can almost visualize the Christmas trees being dipped into the vats to signify Spruce Ales glorious winter return. A refreshing ale that I noticed is brought to life chilled, not fully refrigerated and served in room temperature glasses instead of frosted. I noticed this brings out more of a deeper aroma which ultimately adds to a bolder yet perfectly placed taste of molasses and piney spruce-ness on the palate and yet still a pleasingly refreshing finish. Perfect for the winter, I bought a case of this stuff last season and have been awaiting its triumphant return ever since. Alas, my favorite seasonal ale returns not only in my dreams but in reality! Cheers to Ben Franklin and his recipe (in which I believe he created in France, in his diplomatic years) for he is putting a smile on my face and others 300 years later!
Damico (2211) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is a malty aroma, but some sweetness as opposed to spruce/piney.It has a beautiful dark brown scotch color to it. The flavor is delicious, but I didn’t detect as much spruce as expected.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Translucent dark red/medium brown body. Uniform in color. Pours with thick off-white foamy head that quickly dwindles to a collar. Leaves behind some lacing in the glass.
S- Nose is quite big and robust. Dark molasses and spices hit the nose first. With a sprucy background.
T- very woody taste. Begins with a balance of spruce and molasses. Then the Spruce comes foreward and this ale begins to taste like what a Christmas tree smells like. Finish is very clean. Hints of sweet molasses linger.
P- Medium carbonation and lightly syrupy body.
O- Can’t really compare this beer to others in its style because this is truely a unique beer. Great history behind it and a decent brew overall. I will probably pick it up again. This is definately worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-18-2007 16:47:48
joeyplush (603) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this one while watching game 1 of the 2009 World Series with Armed. Phils beat the Yankees 6-1 and Cliff Lee pitched out of his mind! It was apropos to enjoy a great Philly brew during this game. The aroma is woody, almost a bit smoky, with spruce scents. Flavor is the same. Great beer overall.
DeadGuyPerez (106) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A new favorite of mine. Poured a dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of alcohol and forests. Flavor was floral and botanical. Tasted like a hybrid of an ale and a well-brewed root beer. Light in the mouth. An interesting oddity.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really tasty and unique beer. This beer pours a very dark amber and has an aroma that smells more like rum or bourbon than a beer, due to the molasses. The flavor is awesome, it begins molasses sweet with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice and ends with a refreshing sprucey, almost menthol like finish. I would definitely buy this beer again and pair with something like a bread pudding or German Lebkuchen.