DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
On draft at the Drafting Room, Spring House, PA. Deep gold pour with medium white head and great lace. Aroma of malt, hopcit, fruit (apricot and peach), perfume. Tastes malty, fruity, rich, with hopcit, some candi sugar. Very complex and nicely balanced. Very solid, rich, smooth finish with some Belgian ale.tripel qualities. This one is just delicious. I haven’t had the bottled version, but the draft kicks major ass. TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2004
More garlic dinner smells. Rating below mentions soy, i agree. First sip took me off guard as i didnt know it was 9%. Several herb flavors and bitterness in the body, but more subdued than the Reverend. Some wine like flavors and characteristics come through: vinous, alcohol burn. Light fruit flavors in the finish. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Kind of a strange beer; I didn’t really pick up many Belgian characteristics, but there are a medley of aromas and flavors. Had some of the same aroma characteristics as the Kaiser which I tried the other day- namely, honey and soy, and there were also almond and golden raisin notes in this beer. Flavor was toasty, bready, and very yeasty (earthy) with golden raisins, alcohol, and caramel mingling with spices. Indeed a big "light" beer. However, the parts didn’t quite mesh into a "whole." My gestalt rules the day. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 Aroma is not powerful, gives off slight fruit, hoppy sent. Head was small but it was thick and creammy. Interesting flavor. Starts with intence hopps and a slight finish of apples, pineapple, and pear. Little too hoppy but the aftertaste makes up for it by not lasting too long. Wish the taste lingered in my mouth longer (lack of body). papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Clear golden amber color with a moderate egg shell white head. Flowery mint leaf aroma. Flavor is moderately complex with mint leaf, a touch of honey, some light lemon with a lingering mouth watering spicy dry aftertaste. Palate is smooth and creamy. Interesting, but not my favorite flavor combo.
thegreenrooster (4516) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours is a nice cloudy tan. Aroma is hops and i get some citrus fruit in there. Flavor is more cloves than fruit but you get some fruity goodness in there. Very creamy and think with a nice burn at the end. The flavor is a bit weak perhaps but still a good beer. I would recomend the Reverend over this brew. PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Dark golden to light amber colored pour, solid, thick white head. Aroma of spearmint, cotton candy and bubble gum. Flavor has some of the same accents wirh some toffee like malty sweetness - quite delectable. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, coats the mouth. Finish is strong - lets you know you just had a 9% ABV beer, but is hidden well. Another stellar product from Avery. aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Beautiful clear true amber body that catches the light wonderfully and seems to actively glow. The head is smaller and fades more quickly than I’d like considering the style, but I can’t take off too much for that. Very ripe stone fruit and clove in the aroma. The flavor is dry one sip and sweet the next with a bit of caramel and a bit of dry hay in the malt. The heat of the alcohol is felt, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the beer. Every once in a while I get a wish of sour dishrag, but it’s not strong and not always there. CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Golden amber color. I enjoyed this more than the Reverend. Not as overtly sweet. I tended to taste a spicy peach sensation rather than the citrus others have mentioned. The high alcohol seemed masked pretty well to me. Enjoyed this one. jonas (7985) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2004
Fruit, a bit spice.
Darker golden, low head.
Fruit, a bit spice, hops, some bubblegum and belgian funk.
Medium body slick a bit oily mouthfeel.