Bill Becker (1908) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017 fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, courtesy of jason. Citrus oil, sharp, vaguely peppery spice, butterscotch. Sweetness clashing with an astringent spiciness. Very odd at this late date with the intense spice character competing with citrus tones reminiscent of those in old IPA’s (I guess I’ve never really had an old wit/double wit, so perhaps it’s just the combination of the citrus with the sweetness from the old malt). In any case, interesting to see what age did to a beer such as this.
From Nov 2007 GenDV138 (7762) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2017
This one pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy orange with a small but firm head of foamthat all but disappears by the time I'm down to the last 1/3 of my glass.
The smell has notes of yeast, clove, and fruit...mostly lemon and some banana.
The taste has a medium light body full of clove, yeast, banana, apricot, some citrus, and wheat. It also has an earthiness to it and the alcohol is evident after the swallow. After a few more sips, and this is definitely a sipper, I can taste some corriander(sp?) and some other spice. I will say that none of the flavours really jump out at you..they are on the mild side but they are tasty. The finish is slightly bitter and a bit watery. Still, a pretty good souped up version of the style and I like it. Would I seek it out again?(I bought this online from Vintage Cellars) Probably not. If it were available locally..again, probably not. Not knocking it, mind you, it's just not interesting enough to warrant a repurchase.
Edit Nov 22, 2007:
Okay, after sampling a few more bottles, I find that I may have been too harsh in my original review. The flavours *are* there in abundance and they are quite flavourful. I've adjusted my rating accordingly and yes, I would seek this one out again though that may be a tough thing to do as it's a one of. Mmm...the spices really do work so well together...
Bottle at the RateBeer DC tasting. Clear golden amber with beige head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, caramel. Tastes of malt, chocolate, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. solidfunk (9440) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Some florals and plenty of malt. Amber pour with ok head. Lots of residual booze. Oaky astringent finish. Bottle thanks to radagast. koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a light ambery gold with a decent murky appearance. There is a tiny collar of white head and no lacing. The aroma smells like apple pie filling. There is a little cinnamon and some strong apple. There is a light malt and some light coriander. Maybe a light
Belgian malt and a nice yeast. The flavor is somewhat apple pie filling as well. There is a nice fruitiness and a good cinnamon to accompany the yeast and malt. It's really solid. The mouthfeel is good. There is a nice thickness and a good carbonation and a lingeringly malty appley finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rouhlas (3885) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - OCT 17, 2015
355ml bottle. Hazy yellow golden color with off white head. Yeasty, malty and hoppy aroma, spicy, coriander, citrusy fruity, banana too. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle drunk fresh back in 2007 drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Large frothy white head tops a very slightly-hazed deep golden-yellow body. Moderate retention.
Very dry wheat and spicy phenols in the nose are at odds with the acidic, strong fruit esters showing overripe peaches and apricots. A lot spice apparancey, but that’s pretty expected this young. Moderate strength of aroma, some sweetness certainly grows as it warms and the alcohol is quite rampant after a while.
The problems from the nose are of course manifested in the flavor. It’s very malty and sweet, yet extremely estery, phenolic and spicy. Quite a hot mess, as young Batch X000’s always are.
A second bottle, aged a year proves much more enjoyable, with some of the sweetness knocked down a notch. Very estery still, with less spice. The alcohol is still rather firm, however. Very authentic Belgian yeast is written all over this beer, there’s just way too much of it.
vertical tasting provided by alexsdad06. Bottle pour light copper. Nose sweet malt, caramel, toffee. Taste some peppery spice, hint of wheat, toffee malt, but mostly faded. Probably better fresh. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Probably faded a bit, but still solid. Murky orange pour, decent spices and some hops. Enjoyable but not where it was. Bacterial (3060) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Greg at The Hoff’s - slightly hazy amber pour. Malty and sweet nose. Sweet taste as well - easy to drink. Nice. BVery (11385) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle - thanks Greg! Slightly murky orange pour. Aroma has turned to vegetable soup. Smooth palate. Rich dark fruit taste.