cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle, from 2008. Orval this is not. Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head. On the nose some spice, fruity maltiness, a touch of noble hops. In flavor, fruity, spicy. malty, a nice bitterness. Quite smooth with a medium amount of carbonation. Eager to see how this ages with the brett, but it didn’t have the crispness of fresh Orval, nor the complexity of some of the better Belgian-styles. xxxguttermouth (3) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2008 does not count
4-pack bottles - poured into and drank out of a pint glass. overall great tasting beer. pours nicely. goes down smooth. great appearance. you can smell the yeast but also some fruits and spice. the funky flavor is right up my alley. very enjoyable. minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 2008 bottle. Very thin head. Clear orange body. Aroma - apple strudel? orange zest, slightly spiced, some horseblanket. Noticeable alcohol presence. Sweet and funky, somewhat yeasty. Sour mash note. A little bit too thin-bodied to hold its alcohol. Somewhat reminiscent of some De Dolle concoctions but to a lesser extreme. Gets boozier and yeastier as it warms up. Encouraging for the first Goose Island beer I’ve had, although a little pricey. travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Copper colored cloudy with a thin off white colored head. Almost clear. Smell is very yeasty, green apples, fruits, and sweetness. Taste is yeast, fruit, and some spices. ok. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2008
12oz bottle. Bottled 7/7/08. Drunk next to Orval (could be a mistake). Pours a nice dark pumpkin orange with pretty much no head. A head formed at first but then pretty much disappeared. A strong, malty, fruity aroma. Dried candied fruits. Whatever that dried orange fruit is in trail mixes, that’s what this smells like. Very fruity. Nice aroma though not what I was expecting. Taste is fruity, easier to drink than expected, same basic flavor as the aroma. Relatively dry but not as much as Orval or anything close to that. Overall this is pretty nice. This is a fresh bottle so I’d like to revist this one in the future 6 months or a year down the road.
Svesse (8595) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2008
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm, 28 Aug 2008) Amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit, apricots and spicy hops. Fruity, malty taste with notes of dried fruit (apricots), orange peel and a decent spicy bitterness in the finish. Fairly sweet, but the sweetness is balanced by the spicy hops. Tasty and very nice beer. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 On tap. Big golden pour with plenty of foam. Big fruity, yeasty nose. Flavor is fruity and spicy, a bit of dryness in the finish. Some brett, some apricot. A bit of spice. Nice to drink. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Bottle 2009. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, white meat fruits, belgian yeast. Average foamy white head that fully diminished and left nolace. Hazy medium orange-amber hue. Flavor is sweet and lovely. Palate is medium full bodied and oily soft. Overall an amazing beer with a year on it! Very good barley wine malt tones with a Belgian nose and finish. Just incredible right now.
Bottle. Aroma of apple, yeast, spice, white meat fruits, and barnyard. Huge foamy white head that lasted and left little lace. Hazy medium orange-amber hue. Flavor is sweet, sour, and musty. Palate is medium bodied and a little bitter on the medium finish. Ok for a Belgian. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2009 nose of moderate yeast funk and good esters. appearance is well clouded amber. flavor is of well developed malt, yeast and lightly sweetened dubbel esters. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 On tap, bowl goblet. Amber body with a fat finger’s worth of a white head, fading to a spotty lacing. Aroma of field clover, more bitter than sweet, followed by a earthy yeastiness. Initial impressions on the tongue are bitter, hay-scented hops, a floral impression like honey without the sweetness, and wafting over it all a yeasty funk. There’s a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue, but the dominant mouthfeel impression is dryness. This beer is really quite dry, hardly sweet at all. The yeast ranges all over the place, from the scent before the rain down to wet cardboard. In something neither sweet nor sour, it’s interestering, but I don’t think it works for me in this particular example. As the beer warms, some of the darker malts come through, caramel flavors, just a hint of the wheat-citrus-banana complex, but the beer remains dry and ambiguously funky throughout.