henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 11, 2005
The bottle poured a clear amber liquid crowned by a small fizzy off-white head. The head dispersed gradually leaving a paper thin but persistent head that left nice lacing on the glass. My nose was met with a pronounced sweetness. It reminded me of rock candy grapes and plums. It had a medium body and lively carbonation. The texture was actually dryer than I expected. Contrary to what the aroma might lead you to believe, the flavor is not all that sweet ... just slightly. There is a slight medicinal character to the middle that I believe is in part due to the high alcohol content. The finish is long and somewhat dry. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled on 8/14/05 courtesy of JPDIPSO: Pours a clear copper bronze with a thin, white, and nicely-lacing head. Aroma is very dry, earthy, grassy and interesting with some bready Belgian yeast. Body starts fairly full and earthy with lots of dry, grassy hay flavor with nice complexity. Very interesting and authentic brew. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
Couleur dorée, apparence mi-claire. Belle mousse blanche et persistante adhérant partiellement à la paroi du verre. Arômes complexes, fruités et sauvages, une présence réminiscente de brettanomyce lui confère un côté presque Orvalesque. Signature de levure belge, fruitée, style ananas se laisse ensuite place à un aspect faiblement médicinal, pharmacie et pansement sont aux aguets Servi très froide, d’abord très métallique en bouche, ce côté finit par s’estomper et laisser de nouveau place aux levures sauvages (désiré ou pas ?), ensuite fruité, ananas, kiwi, pomme, fruit de la passion et légèrement herbal. Texture laiteuse, corps d’épaisseur semi mince à moyenne. Un imposteur encore en apprentissage. En fût, Barcade, N.Y., Septembre 2005. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Tasted at the Labor Day gathering. Slight smell of starfruit and yeast, but mostly sugar. The flavor is grassy and sweet, a light cotton candy flavor comes off with some hop presence. There is some medium clove spice here, but really not that impressive. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle: Clear light amber with a bubbly white head that lasts barely longer than the pour, this has a fruity (mainly cherry) aroma with light sweet malts, floral hopping, and unmet suggestions of a spiciness to follow. Light-bodied, this has a sweet malt taste, some citric tartness, mild unknown spicing, and a bit of hop bitterness. The finish is a citric bitterness, not hop related, with a sweet fruity stickiness. Not a bad beer, but absurdly overpriced for what it is.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
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Draft at Barcade. Jaw-dropping aroma, orval inspired brett character, extremely phenolic, musty, peppery with funky cobwebs, old books and leather notes. The aroma alone would be quite the stunning achievement for any American brewer. Upon pouring, it comes out clearish dark gold to orange, the white head being definitely lasting if not as muscular as it could be. Vast fruit esters development as it warms up, apple, kiwi, litchi and pineapple little complexities. Lilac reminiscent styrians don’t bring out the full power of their aromatics in mouth, but the bitterness is there, just not as dry as I’d wish it to be. Soft doughy touch is charming all the way through, but might be the only consistency from the beginning to the end, take that as an advantage if you will, but I’d have personally preferred a more pungent, less fading out range of flavours. Creamy medium body, airy, foamy big-bubbled texture, excellent mouthfeel. Certainly most interesting and fun beer, hoppy and orvalish if not as complex or dry. Great job! Terminus (3742) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Nice fruit aroma mixed with yeast. Thick head formed but went away after a while. Average color, but the taste is filled with yeast, banana, spice, clove, and light hops. Tasty beer that would be even better if the aftertaste was better. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Shiny amber/gold body, thin head turns into a creamy ring. Sour banana and orange aroma. Tastes like a belgian wheat beer... some orange wheaty hops.
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Color is medium copper, head quickly dissipates into small random ovals of roundish foam. Mmm, must mean lots of yeasty beasties. Smell is strong, sweet, redolent of spices like allspice and clove, and it gets stronger as it warms up in my big-mouthed glass. Tastes milder than it smells, but still sweet, medium bodied, with a refreshing bitterness on the finish. Good amount of carbonation. Not an extreme beer, but a very good beer. Got it for $9/four pack at Trader Joe’s (it’s about $10 at Whole Foods). Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Clear deep amber pour with a light off-white head. Aroma was wonderfully decadent... with lighter fruits (pears & grapes), spices (including white pepper), and an intriguing bready yeast. Well-carbonated on the palate, and coated the mouth quite nicely. Finish was rather long, and carried through floral hops and some spices. Flavor picked up the bready yeast, some spices, and some fruit, but was not nearly as exciting as the aroma (yet it was still quite good). I’ll definitely have to pick up some more of these!