poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden with a medium-large white head with great retention. Aroma is creamed corn, citrus powder drink--kind of bland. Taste is sligthly sweet and tangy with a dry finish. The currants are there but pretty faint. This is a pretty bland beer--was expecting more. It’s almost pale lagerish or American blonde ale-ish in its simplicity. I think there should have been more of a Pearl Jam connection, too. Maybe they could’ve concocted a beer called "Spin the Black Schwarzbier" or "Elderly Barleywine Behind the Counter in a Small Town" or something. Or maybe not. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
750ml bottle split with the brosef. Super light in color and body but the fruit is definitely there. Not sure if it’s the currants or not but it’s not that bad. I’m not even sure what a currant is but it seems to work. PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2011
A little too weak on flavor for me, but isn’t the worst I’ve ever had either. Hay, spruce, earthy, banana, citrus dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
(750ml bottle from AJ’s Arcadia). Pours a crystal clear golden color with effervescent white head that quickly diminishes to a thin layer. Carbonation is active. Aroma has honey, fruit, jaggery. Taste is sweet with some light bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy mouth-feel. Finish is smooth with a bit of alcohol warmth. An OK beer. For the style, its a bit thick. Not as much fruit as I expected. I don’t love it or hate it. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2011
THOUGHTS: Pleasant Belgian ale, but I didn’t really see what all that currant was supposed to do to the beer. Sure, it’s a little fruity, but it could have been just about as fruity with the right Belgian yeast. Docked it a point for being more gimmick than beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a sparkling, light to medium gold with beautiful carbonation and an average, white head that mostly diminished and left a little better than fair lacing. The aroma had light grain and pale malts; moderate spicy yeast; lighter dusty yeast; hints of funk at the end of the bottle; grape; apple; golden raisins; white wine; slight honey; berry; light fruits; and the slightest hint of vinegar. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, light to moderately acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was light to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and slight to lightly bitter. There was white wine, green grapes, berry, spicy yeast, slight honey, grain, pale malt, slightly dusty yeast, light fruits and hints of funky yeast. The light to medium body was rather dry with quite fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever so slightly astringent finish.
drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
11/9/11. 750mL bottle that hisses loudly upon cracking. Super clear golden pour, slightly dark - almost orange, with a one-finger fizzy off-white head that fades to almost nothing fast and barely laces at all. Borderline plain aroma... touches of very light white grapes, an underlying tone of tart berries, corny grains, and something that I can only describe as ketchup and metal. Ugh. Sweet, malty entry that very lightly hints at berries with corn, bitter dusty graininess, and more metal. Blech. Light body with high, burning carbonation. Pearl Jam is going to be very disappointed with this one. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Clear golden with amber notes, nice off white head, some moderate lacing... ok retention... lightly tart aroma, very fruity, grape or currant, spicy, heavy dark berry aroma... Has a black raspberry flavor bc i dont really know what a currant is supposed to taste like... I expected this to me more red... Has a very fruity back of the throat wine feel, while being lightly sweet and medium bodied... a little dry more oily in the finish though.. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle poured into a tulip glass is clear golden with a white capped head. Aromas are subtle, but bready and sweet from the fruit. Taste is soft Belgian yeastiness with fruit up front, not too sweet, but fleshy fruits come through. Palate is medium body, soft on the palate and effervescent. Overall, this is a delicate beer that is better at warmer temps than ice cold (as most beer is). I like this one, but nothing in particular wows me. It does leave a nice fruity finish on the palate. Not a fruit beer, a Golden Ale for sure, but darn tasty. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
750, capped. Pours a hazy medium gold with a loose and sudsy scattering of film around the edge. Big stale corn nuts nose. Creamy medium body. Nitrogen and stale corn nuts on the mid-palate, little bit of a carbonic bite, kinda tonic-water-y. Not really worth finishing. I think they put in 10 black currants total, not black currants 10 times. Not getting much fruit flavor. They woulda been better off decocting it 10 times or something...or maybe picking a song off Ten, like Black, and using that as the basis for the beer theme. This is just a forgettable little attempt to play around with belgian yeast. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2011
750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.
A - Dark yellow body with lot of carbonation. Small white head and some light edging. Looks a lot like an adjunct lager.
S - Biscuity malts, belgian yeast, and some fruity sweetness. Not detecting any currants but I get some grape and tart apples. Hint of alcohol presence.The smell is very dry and almost reminds me of midas touch.
T - Same as the nose. Biscuity malts with the belgian yeast thing going on. I was really hoping for more currant flavors, there’s just a faint sweet fruitiness. Mouth feel is crisp and dry with a good bit of carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but works with the crispness of the beer.
O - A decent beer...but where the hell were those currants!?!? I did enjoy the dry finish and slightly sweet flavors, but I was expecting a bit more here.