Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Orangey hue; thin head, but tight bubbles. Huge nose: earth, tea, flowers, and a little funk. Curiously strange. Fluffy, soft texture; very smooth. Nice and complementing balance of sweet, bitter and sour. Had some curious elements similar to that of a Heather Ale. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Copper. Provocative, spicy and peppery aroma with a huge dose of perfume and scents of vanilla, peaches, tangerines, flowers and herbs. Strange, fruity, complex flavor profile. Several notes of flowers, hops, pepper, light fruits and dryness and perhaps a hint of sauvignon blanc wine. A tasty beer for sure. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Copper color with fluffy head. Aromas of malt, banana, esters, candy sugar and coriander. Taste is light, smooth brown sugar, caramel, bubble gum and pepper. Good stuff.. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Nice murky yellow witha small head, good lacing. Aroma is very floral and alcoholic, sweet and strong. There are flowers in this for sure. Full malty mouthfeel. Floral hoppy taste. Alcohol is there, subtly. A very strange beer, but quite good. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Thanks to bleen for this one.
Opaque golden color with a small white head, this brew is pretty tasty. It’s has some tang on the roof of your mouth, but its creamy tongue feel and slightly sweet finish make it very enjoyable. There’s definitely some fruitiness in the flavor.
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Interesting cloudy (opaque) peach-colored body topped by a thin off-white head. This is one of the densest beers I’ve tried in awhile, hitting the palate with banana and clove notes, opening up to reveal heavy spicing and phenols. After the initial yeast flavors orange peel and lemons create a sharp tanginess and a temporary saltiness. The sum effect is a thick apple or pear cider (not the alcoholic type but the kind you pick up at your local orchard). The oak becomes apparent on the finish. There’s so much going on that the beer becomes a bit too "busy" to fully appreciate. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Provide to me by TAR, thanks jeff. Gold color, slighty hazy, white head. Aroma is some what reminisinent of a wit beer, yeasty, banana, sweet and a little spicey. Pepper comes through on the flavor and well some bitterness from the hops. Moderately dry finish. TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Shimmering gold. Caked-on bleached white head with webby lace. Boastful nose of perfume, candy sugar, white grapes, and tart passionfruit. Banana and phenolic esters couple with fruity belgian yeast and leafy undertones. Fluffy carbonation. Solid body. Opens sharply alcoholic with a full palate of bananas and cream. Creamy carbonation temporarily suppresses the harsh alcohol notes. It’s clean and airy enough, though, which curtails the sweet, under-attenuated candy sugar flavor. Juicy honeydew melon and soft phenols accentuate the understated brightness. Brisk alcohol returns to firm up the body alongside a flavorsome dose of minerals and gritty pear. Dry, abbreviated finish, devoid of any pale malt flavor, which contains a flash of leather, vanilla, meaty alcohol, and spicy, yet delicate, Hallertauer. Moreover, there’s little, if any, toasted wood flavor from the oak cask, where this was aged for a month. Scarce malt flavor and a rather prominent belgian yeast spark. If you go into this expecting a biere de garde, you will be disappointed. It’s more of a belgian strong pale, than anything else, but a very well-crafted one. qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Thick white creamy head, has a yellow/orange color, good wheaty taste with a hint of fruit 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Bottle. Poured a honey orange color. Big fluffy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Tasting has some pepper notes with yeast and fruit. Tasty. <P>
Rerate on 8 Feb. 06. Newer bottle, more time for Ron’s barrels to pick up some funk and pass it on. Served perhaps a touch warm. This pours out a clear, medium golden color with a two inch white, fluffy head. Sea foam lacing lines the glass. Aroma is pleasant and has mutated significantly. Bits of the funk have creeped in, barny, lightly sour and perhaps a touch of wet grass pile. Body is light, fully carbonated. Light peppery flavor, modest sour/tart background. Fairly acidic and tartness picks up towards the finish. Truly wonderful. Lambic light? Training Gueze? This bumps up the score a bit. 8/4/8/4/17<P> Oval labelled bottle opened in early December ’06. Gusher, probably around 50 F when opened. Eruptive white head, dense lacing. Sourish funk, light pepper and spice. Super-attenuated and dry. As The_Man pointed out, this is remeniscent of Orval. Superb offering, bumping the score up again. 9/4/9/4/18