Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Pours a hazy bright orange with a compact ivory head. Aroma is full of light fruits and yeast. Simple, but nice. Flavor is very bready, with light artificial fruit flavors and a malt liquor-like finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking. This one’s unique, a definite one-off from anything else I’ve had thus far. Drinkable. Mildly enjoyable. Nothing more, nothing less. Overall, good minus. RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2009
From a 22oz. bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 42°. Color is a clear golden with low carbonation and very little head. Starting with a nice medium body it goes down creamy with an almost thick feel. Finish comes out sweet with flavors of banana, apple, honey and pineapple then a spicy clove, hops and yeast with a light bitterness. After taste is still sweet with the alcohol showing a little then it goes almost bland with the bitterness being the last thing left. Overall this is a very well done Belgian style ale with complex rich flavors and nice Belgian yeast notes. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Appearance: Pours a yellow clear gold with a tight knit 1/8 inch head.
Aroma: Earthy hops, perfumy hops, dry malt and fruity yeast.
Taste: Fruity yeast, cloves, bitter earthy hops and biscuity malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Overall: I’m indifferent about the beer. It has character, but it’s not jumping out at me. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Tap at the brewery. Pure golden pour with a fluffy white head and big lacing. Aroma of citrus fruits, coriander, banana, clove. Flavor was banana, coriander, booze. Kind of a cloying mess, but I love the name and I’m glad I was able to have a relatively small sample of it instead of shelling out for a bottle. DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pale orange, no head. Oily aroma? Sort of off dusty metallic flavor. Fizzy, tingly mouthfeel. Not sure what to make of this one.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 25, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours clear golden with a small white head...aroma is banana and orange peel, heavy coriander and sweet malt...flavour is boozy and tart, grainy, acidic banana, clove and some rocket fuel...not that bad, not any good mind you, but taste to me like a Belgian Steel Reserve...massive gravity with sweet malt and some spice... krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
vesuvius of course is the name of a volcanic peak not far from naples italy. it’s not known if the name is in reference to the well-known eruption that violently engulfed the village of pompeii in 79 A.D.-- no explanation is offered on the label. perhaps vesuvius is simply the name of the brewer’s dog who got sick once and blew chunks into the lauter tun. but the label DOES claim this beer to be the "brewmaster reserve". if this is true, why was i able to buy it on the open market? probably because the master didn’t like it any better than i did and decided to retail his so-called reserve stash. while the brave test glass was fetchingly filled with the soft, liquid cheddary-orange color of a candle ablaze, no suggestion of eruption was noted in the decanting: it poured as free of explosive billowing as any dormant peak slowly eroding in appalachia. in fact, a folded-over scrap of paper towel would form a thicker mat of white than the foam was able to muster on this beer. taking a sniff, a disappointingly disjointed series of aromas arose, like the olfactory equivalent to an overweight cat walking on a piano. the aroma offered a cacophony of scents, some pleasant, most discordant: pencil wood, a touch of lime, gauze, paper bags of rock sugar, and thin orange tea. braced at the very last stage of skeptism-- seemingly just one sip away from either redemption or dismissal--i chose to reign in the undue expenditure of further aromatic discriptors and just take a hearty quaff. the result was not nearly as disasterous as it’s historic namesake, but i did finally apprehend some of the meaning of the name: the proximity of vesuvius is not a place to linger. brightly carbonated with a thin body, the sweet, lemon-drenched flavor laid waste to the sleepy, innocent pomeii that was my palate. to be fair, unlike the victims of the real vesuvius, my tastebuds were able to rise intact from the ordeal, shake off that honey-cloying tea-leaf bitterness, and live to drink another day. praise be to zeus, aphrodite, bacchus --and all them guys.
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Tap @ Saraveza... Poured golden with a white head and moderate lacing. Aroma of esters and spices. Medium body and very drinkable. Flavors of clove, yeast esters, banana and sweet spices. hayduke (5730) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 This was a bottle purchased from the brewpub in Hood River. Chilled to refrigerator temperature, this poured a beautiful rich golden amber with a small white head and not much lacing. Nose of banana and cloves. Medium mouthfeel. Favor is yeasty and full of fruit flavors. I liked it, seemingly, more than most as I scored it higher than average. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 2007 bottle aged not so much deliberately as due to disinterest; as part of a concerted effort to diminish the size of cellar I opened this one tonight.
It’s better than I’d expected. Pours a nice gold with a pretty white head; heavy bread dough aroma and flavor with hints of banana. A bit of must, a bit of sourness. (Maybe from the 2 years of age?) Mouthfeel is fine, neither under nor over-carbonated, but the bottom line is that while entirely drinkable, there’s just not very much depth to the flavor.
Postscript: I wrote all of the above while the beer was still cold. As it approaches room temperature, all of the flaws come out to play, most notably an awful cough-syrup sweetness. I’ve adjusted the score accordingly.