Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2012
"Tastes like perfume," my girlfriend says. Certainly plenty of citrus and spice-- coriander, orange/lemon zest. Excellent to drink with a meal, as I did. HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Tap at Rick Bayless Frontera O’Hare Airport. Golden pour with a one finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the glass. Sweet cereal nose. Taste is fruit loops cereal with coriander and a lingering hop bitterness in the back of my mouth. Full in the mouth. Nice, drinkable, beer with lunch. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
First flavor is of apple juice, so is the color and aroma. There is a slight sour tingle, but the most prevalent flavor is that of my own saliva. Maybe the flavor is too delicate or the beer is to carbonated, but I’m not getting much satisfactions from this. My guess would be saison or bier de garde, albeit a very subdued example. On tap at the 12 South Winter Warmer beer festival in Nashville, TN. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
On tap @ Topolobampo. Pours a slightly hazy apple cidery hue with a thin soapy white head... Aroma of clove, brown sugar and spice... Flavors follow suit with a semisweet triple profile with a decent degree of spicing involved. Finishes on a semi-dry note overall. DrnkMcDermott (3137) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Bright golden ale color, thin foam on surface. Light nose with toasty Belgian malts, a bit of hop, and a whiff of potpourri spices. First sip feels like it should be sugary, but they seem to have let it ferment out further, and then the spice combo keeps it from getting too sweet. Not a session ale you can relax to; this one demands your full attention. Don’t know that I’m picking out the green tea here, more of a "tea with lemon" impression, like a slight taste of tea astringency. it’s a fine beer but I keep waiting for something more. Call me spoiled.
MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Very cloudy straw color not much head 3
Mild aroma not much there very bready more Belgian than anything and lacking destination some light coriander 7 7
Avg pal 3
Decent but 1 note 13 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Tap at Madison’s. Pours to a murky golden straw colored body with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy with lits of Belgian yeasts and fruit esters. Some lime and tea. The flavor is very complex with yeasts, fruits, some light green tea, and subtle lime. Very well blended for as many ingredients as there are in this beer. The palate is medium bodied but very clean. madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On tap at Madison’s - Pours light amber with a ring of white head. Light coriander on the nose, lending spice to a sweet malt base. Light honey and dusty yeast. Taste has much of the same characteristic, with the light, dusty yeast and honey flavors mingling with the sweet malt, green tea, and some floral/citrus notes. Very interesting, and while not a beer I’d revisit too often, it was a really nice change of pace. Too carbonated--real sharp--but a nice body offset that a bit. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On tap (guest)
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Before going back to Lolita and Vanilla BCS I tried one more beer that didn’t quite stand up to the rest. Even so the price was right (free) so I ordered one with no risk. Another solid but not spectacular release this one was memorable only in that it was par for the course for Goose Island’s Belgian lineup.
Aroma / Appearance - Golden with a thin white head the thin sheets of lacing creep down the sides. White pepper, lemon peels, and an extreme citrus bite eat at the senses. Somehow the spices feel a little out of place in everything.
Flavor / Palate - Pepper, grapefruit, lemons, and carbonation idle on the tongue. Flowing smoothly towards the back of the throat it leaves a mark that lingers for a while. Despite being well rounded the parts somehow don’t fit together. Whatever the reason this nice release was overshadowed by other better taps.
On tap at Madison’s. Poured cloudy medium golden with just a dusting of white head. The aroma picked up lemon and grassy notes over soft pale and bready maltage.. well-balanced and enjoyable. The flavor found honey and redder fruits at the core, with lemon and Pine-Sol-inspired hop accents.. spruce and related spices in there too.. dry, bitter, earthy finish. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate.. not great, but a decent drinker.