HogTownHarry (5976) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (330ml). At Bier Market, shared with blankboy and tupalev. Mussels? - seemed like a run-of-the-mill Belgian, but after the crap we’d been drinking before-hand this was like ambrosia. Poured a murky brown with a lasting creamy off-white head. Aroma of salty apple crumble with tons of yeast - more like a dessert than a beer, but appealing. Tasted of the ocean, dominated by sweet fresh apple cider, tangy white wine, caramel malt and brown sugary, again plenty of yeast, but overriding it all hints of seasalt, tar and hessian. Mouthfeel quite lively, slightly acidic, salty - overall a nice, slightly fishy apple and yeast concoction. Nice. Unexpected.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Hopdog for this rare beer. Sampled at Hopdogs basement bar. Pours a deep gold, slight haze (bottom of the bottle?) with a thin head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is of sweet bready malt with light caramel, very slight herbal hops, and a spicy phenols. Slightly stale malt taste, lightly bready, and borderline astringent. Tasted a bit old. Something unique about this beer that I couldnt put my finger on. Decent.
blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Esplanade Bier Markt. Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a small lasting off-white head. Very carbonated. Slightly salty aroma of sweet malt, white wine, fruit and yeast. Flavour of yeast, sweet malt and fruit -- almost like a carbonated fruit drink but slightly salty and with spices. I didn’t detect any of the hops the description mentions. Medium bodied. This beer was nothing at all like what I expected it to be, I didn’t love it but it was pleasant enough.
Cornfield (5326) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It’s an attractive looking ale, a clear, deep amber body with a fizzy white head that unfortunately turns into a slender ring all too soon. it smells of light malts, toffee-ish, and a bit of dust. The flavor is pretty much all malt, the flaunted hops of the description making no real appearance. It finishes on a weird, salty note. Strange.
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tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel and honey notes to the lightly salty and fruity aroma. Clear, deep, amber-copper coloured body is topped by a decent, large bubbled, off white head that recedes to a lasting cover with some very nice lacing. Round caramel flavour is fairly short lived with a sweetness that lingers on the tongue. There’s a light touch of toastiness followed by doughy yeast and banana fruitiness with a light bitterness. Medium body with soft texture and moderate carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Bičropholie, Sep-06).
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent orange amber with a small off white head. Aroma of yeast, a bi t musty with some fruitiness. Flavor was a little more fruity also picking up more of the yeast and a little on the thin side.
JorisPPattyn (7674) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Small, but thick yellow head, over clear caramel-coloured beer. Very sweet-caramelly nose, (over)ripe bananas, honey, malty. Taste is less sweet than the nose. Still some caramel in it. Malty taste, bit dull, not much going on. Toasted finish. Medium bodied, bit burnt feeling, very timid all the same. Oh well. Whatever, if no real cider or lambic available - I’ll have a Chablis with the mussels, please.
What’s the difference with the Bruegel Amber, exactly?
Jerre (2364) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’ll thrink this on terras at Yerseke self. Amber colour, yellow head, over clear caramel-coloured beer. Sweet nose, honey ?, malty. Sweet taste. Medium body. Not bad, whatever, it’s drinkable but not a great beer.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
250ml bottle. Poured a medium and clear orange color wtih a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, a little musty, and lightly fruity. Tastes of sweet apples, light yeast and I also got a light orange peel in it. Thinner and somewhat watery body.
leaparsons (7662) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Still, brown and dull. Aromas are very sweet and malty and not much else. Flavours are equally sweet with Ovaltine malts. Very one-dimensional.