frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Despite it’s lasting, creamy white head and thick amber color, I can’t give this beer a high appearance rating: any beer that makes "plopping" noises as yeast slides into my glass is going to conjure images other than sipping a fine brew. Plop, plop, plop. Yeast breaks and holds as a thick pulp. Bready aroma finds sourdough with tomato, lemon and rotting fruit over pale DME. Fluffy mouthfeel with astringent tugs and metallic leanings. Flavor finds a pleasant fruitiness amidst a balance of malts and a lingering tongue of cloves, yet when all is said and done, it simply comes off as sourness. Well-hidden alcohol reveals late. This beer has its moments but its overall impression is not that favorable.
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hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with a small white head. A snowstorm of yeast. Citrus fruit and sweet syrup aroma. Taste was alcoholic with bitter orange and an overdose of yeast. This is one of my favourite breweries, so this was a bit disappointing.
harrisoni (17654) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Gold/copper with thin white head. Slightly rubbery toffee with good citrus/grapefruit. Some golden syrup. Nice hops run throughout. Finish is good. Big chunky floaters. Ugh, doesn’t affect the taste but its hard to drink with that going on.
Nuffield (4121) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small 330 ml bottle. Pours with a lot of yeast chunks, but a big head, extremely clingy, but not exactly fluffy (just small-form carbonation), deep yellow/orange body, slightly hazy and opaque. Yeast, orange, bubblegum, banana, clove aroma. I didn’t like the way I could actually feel the chunks passing my lips as I drank it, a real downer on the palate front. Highly enjoyable flavor, fruity and spicy (see above), good rich flavor from start to finish, and a nice warming alcohol (not that intense) that keeps it going. Good palate other than the chunks. I found this to be a really fine beer, and if not for the chunks, I’d have it up there with my favorite tripels.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a wierd hazy blonde with lots of protien haze and wierd globules floating around. Possibly old and stale? Good white fluffy head that faded slowly though. Aroma was more like a saison, lightly spicy with a lot of phenols, somewhat medicinal, and light herbal barnyard notes. Flavor is a bit astringent especially towards the end, with more phenols, light bready malts and a moderate bitterness in the end. This was another let down as was the amber, but Im assuming that the bottles might not have been sold in their prime. Purchased at state line in MD.
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ 2007. Amber coloured with a golden shine, fine pearling entangled with tiny yeast flakes. The head is royal in size but also in transience. A complex and round nose of fine and gentle malts with a touch of honey, graceful fruit (figs, orange peel) and a dash of hops. The taste is initially sweet (ish; honey), fresh and fruity sourish; sharper and tarter than the aroma. The sweetness is rapidly cut by aggressive, protruding hops which completely take control in the aftertaste. Smooth body and a very drying finish.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice orange beer with lots of yeast partikels. smells very malty and a bit fruity(peach and pineapple. malty flavor with bitter oranges. ends bittersweet. very nice!
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an almost glowing orange. With a large white head. Floating particulates. Yeasty aroma. Flavor is sweet with the bitterness of citrus rinds.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly hazy amber color. Small white head.
Yeasty aroma, some alcohol, hint of barnyard skunkiness.
Sweetish, hoppy, yeasty flavor.
A bit watery, frankly, surprisingly enough.
Slightly alcoholic aftertaste.
Not what I had expected.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chunky proteins suspended among glimmers of orange and peach coloring. Full, creamy Belgian foam that lasts. Those Belgians sure know their head retention. Fairly expressive nose, which hints of lemon and lime, as well as hints of orange, tangerine and a spicy, peppery hoppiness. Flavor is fairly sweet, hoppy, with some honey covered fruit notes, citrus and vanilla. Nice balance.