MattShizzle (588) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent, strong beer. Very interesting flavor. Different. No noticeable hop flavor.
rajendra82 (1030) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From BA pezoids as part of BIF 20 package, this beer came with a historic looking label bearing the image of Thomas Jefferson. As I cracked open the bottle, a foaming gusher almost erupted on my desk, but some quick handiwork saved the day, with only a couple of drops being wasted.
The beer came out cloudy, and deep orange in color, with a Duvel-esque tall foamy head capping the body and crowning above the rim of the glass. The aroma was also evocative of a Belgian strong pale ale, with a musty, yeasty, spicy smell.
The taste was rustic with a rough hewn apricot juice like maltyness and a distinct sour note. The yeast was very earthy and provided a unique spiciness. The hops were muted. The mouthfeel was gritty without being harsh, and the aftertaste sticky and sweet-sour. The 8% alcohol was well hidden among the layered flavor profile.
I am not sure if Thomas Jefferson formulated this recipe after his tour of Paris as ambassador, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did come up with this beer after visiting some Belgian or Dutch tavern after making landfall in Europe.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at le Mondial de la bičre 2005. Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Aroma of hops and caramel with some underlying malt. Flavor of hops, caramel and malt with a bitter finish. The texture is dry and the carbonation is soft.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light orange hue wearing a ring of white foam. English hop nose, possibly Fuggles hit you with salty grains and dry fruits (apples, oranges). Extremely sulfury palate, salty, sea air breeze and nothing, but overwhelming dryness. Intense carbonation, not very cleaning at all. This is a shock, aggressively dry, sulphur notes lasting forever and a long whiff of alcohol vapors. It fails to procure me any pleasure…
GonZoBeeR (3048) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:Light fruity aroma.....
Appearance:Yellow orange,good head...
Flavor:Good bitterness and light fruit flavor...
ClarkVV (5367) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours a deep yellow, rich hay colored body, with a fair amount of white head, moderate retention, low lacing. Aroma smells of corn blossoms, vanilla, toasted, buttery grains, some honey and light peaches. A hint of light citrus as well. Flavor is quite sweet initially, vienna or pils malt, lots of honey and creaminess, with a moderate amount of low-bitterness hops that add a light citrus zest. Body is medium-full with a very fluffy feel to it, lots of carbonation. As it dies down and warms, light yeast notes can be found as well as some distinct corn-breadiness. Alcohol is very well-masked, I drank this quite easily and quickly. If the Founding Fathers were drinking this stuff, then I have some faith in early American brewing.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a huge rocky light tan head. Flavor is fruity, citrus and peach, with a balanced bitter slightly tart finish. Throat warming on the end. Aroma is fruity, mostly citrus and some maltiness but none of that stood out much.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 Pleasantly surprised ... as good as I have had from Yards. Wonderful darkamber color ... with a bigger head would have had 5 on appearance. Is this really Thomas Jefferson’s recipe? I think I recognize a classic hop, maybe Saatz.in the mix, but the strongly citric and piney taste makes me wonder if there might be a Pacific North West hop sneaking in there as well. Great mouthfeel. Finish is bitter, with a touch too much alcohol for me. Musty scent ... calling it wet newspapers is a great image ... I wish I had thought of that first! // And again in November. No wet newspapers this time, and the same great appearance. Alcohol better hidden, hop mix seems less citric and more floral. Might tweak the numbers a little, but same overall score. // And again at Beer Week Brewers Plate 2009. Fantastic combination of British malts and British hops. Alcohol well hidden. My favorite beer of the afternoon. // Starting a new case in October 2009. Might drop it to a 4.0 but still delightful.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fun ale. Very sweet aroma leads to the sam e in flavor with citrus throughout. Nicely hopped as well.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Glen Gardner Inn. Hazy golden, thin white head. Fruity, hoppy, candi aroma. Malty big flavor with good hop flavor and bitterness. Good character and flavor coming together.