Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours a murky straw body that turns orange as it layers. Light white head. Sweet fruit up front, citrus, apricot esters, tangy mustard, then a floral bouquet of flowers. Has a dusty cardboard body with a solid alcohol warming. Drys out the tongue. My second favorite of the wise men series. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2008
<i>From a 330mL Bottle.</i> Mostly hazy, golden orange colored pour with a thick layer of small bubbled, white foam. Bold mustard aromas jump out of the glass immediately; strange, but they work pleasantly well to compliment the apricot fruity esters kicked off by the yeast. Spicy. A nice doughy malt character lies beneath the mustard, along with some moderate alcohol. Medium light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, creamy texture. A light, milky malt sweetness greets the palate first, along with some herbal hop flavors. The mustard flavors are very subtle in the background, and don’t really make an appearance until the back end, where they present themselves as a nutty, stone ground mustard light spiciness. Some pear and banana esters add some dimension to the otherwise simple trio of bready malt, alcohol, and herbal hops. Finishes lightly spicy, with a lingering mustard flavor. Unique, interesting, enjoyable beer. I might have liked a bit more mustard in the flavor, and maybe a bit less in the nose. I wish I could have sampled this with some bratwurst and sauerkraut; that would have made a tasty pairing. bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle from Liquid Solutions in Portland, OR. Hazy ripe apricot color with a transient white head. Rich malty, fruity aromas. Full bodied. Creamy carbonation. Flavor is difficult to describe. It’s yeasty, fruity with a bit of heat. Maybe a lingering mustard note. So much better than friggin champagne (from the Champagne province). Champagne tends to make me nauseous. Anyway, this is way different and great ale. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
The aroma is malty, yeasty, spicy, and herbal. The appearance is hazy gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma but it’s not something I love. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall it’s about what I expected but it’s not something I want again. Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
strong and flavorful, it packs a real punch with some deep malts and herbal hops on the side. slight taste of mustard but it does not take away the anything that make this a truly great piece.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Gusher. Pours with a ridiculously large white head and a hazy holden body. Good lacing. Aroma is a bit tart with grapes, some spices, fruits, dryness, some alcohol and yeast. Taste is yeasty with strong alcohol, fruits, dryness and bread. Even a little bit hoppy. Lively carbonation dry mouthfeel and warming. LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 17, 2008
Bottiglia da 33cl andata a male; la voto per fare un +1. Spero di berne una buona la prossima volta. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
bottle from bu11zeye. musky yeast nose with light fruit notes. murky amber pour with no head. not bad on the palate bhut the flavor is very yeasty and spicy MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2008
My Bottom Line:steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
This doughy Belgian Strong Ale focuses on its pillowy mouthfeel and subtle spiciness (the union of mustard seeds and leafy hops) to humbly but surely satisfy the taste buds.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy beige-golden.
-The yeast storm was inevitable even though the bottle’s been upright for weeks.
-A few banana esters are perceptible, adding complexity.
-The flavor profile is soft but not entirely compelling.
-The spicy, leafy hoppiness provides decent, but shortlived bitterness.
-Effervescence is very comfortable and helps in building this cozy mouthfeel.
wow--mustard seeds: actually, surprisingly refreshing and strong; unattractive, distinct spicy aroma-- i didn’t like it; yeast, heat, sweet, somewhat dry, and lightly sour; mustard of course, but balanced with other ingredients well enough; okay.