TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mostly clear straw-gold with little head and not much lacing. Aroma shows a very pleasant blend of lager-like hops and lemony citrus. Flavor shows an odd and unexpected adjunct quality up front much like a cream ale, made all the more startling since there was no hint of it in the aroma. I was expecting this beer to be a disappointment all the way to the finish; but strangely enough, after I had processed the initial shock of the “cream-ale” corn-like flavor, I found myself rather approving of its cream-ale and lemony-citrus blend. The citrus element could have been dialed up a tad and was not as prominent as the aroma had hinted, but overall the citrus and creamy elements struck a decent harmony. I was surprised to find this in the tap rotation in early October as it strikes much more as a summer refresher beer. Yet it was fitting enough on this unseasonably warm 86-degree day.
Brigadier (3580) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
This was the third of many samples. It was a decent Belgian but nothing spectacular. For the brewpub who isn’t known for the style it is not a bad attempt. I’d consider sharing some with friends if they were in the mood for it.
Aroma / Appearance - The coppery body was very transparent with no real head. Lemon, wheat and cream soda form a nose which is pretty sweet but simple.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of Hershey’s chocolate, wheat and lemon was followed by a hoppy bitter aftertaste. It fades quickly with just a trace of lemon juice left in the throat. Overall it is not bad but I can think of several brewpubs with better alternatives.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one on draught as part of a sampler flight at the brewpub in Rockford, Illinois. Medium golden clear pour with a filmy white head, grassy nose, floral hoppiness, clean finish. Very quaffable.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Even after speaking for a bit with the brewer, I was uncertain where to slot this beer. It’s a pale golden ale, to be sure, but more akin to Belgian styles, especially given the coriander spicing. It’s got a hazy pale gold body with a slender white head. The coriander and bittersweet lemongrass dominate the nose, some pale malt sweetness oozing through. Light to medium bodied, it’s got a spicy flavor similar to that of a Wit, but the underlying malts are definitely from barley. Interesting drink, refreshing and flavorful.
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