JCW (1279) - 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 (2802) - 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 marcus (11063) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
This golden ale pours with a large white head and emits a pleasant hoppy aroma. The flavor is very complex, resulting from an interesting and satisfying combination of spices and hops (I wish I had the recipe). The Jolly Pumpkin brews do not appear to be widely distributed, but this one is worth finding.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bright golden ale with a dainty white head. The appearance is just an illusion however as the aroma explodes with spices, and the flavor does little to hide the powerful punch this 8% beer provides. It has some Belgian flavor qualities but finishes dry and light. This is a good beer, but not for the faint of heart. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2004 Rerate: I really loved this the second time around. I think this brewery will become a force in the Midwest brewing market. I was told that the brewer is working on a Flemish Red...can't wait. Original Rating: This brewery has some stellar label artwork. Maybe the best I’ve ever seen. It pours a gold hazy color with a medium white head. Aroma is very equitorial, sweet fruitiness with some attractive spiciness. Flavor is quite fruity and spicy. Nice body with alcohol prelevant. An interesting beer. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2004
2004 draft, MSBF. attractive dark yellow. light malt profile, flowery neutral hops and slight yeast notes comprise a pretty good aroma and average flavor. ClarkVV (7104) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2004
2004 draught at MBGSBF. Pours a lightly yellow tinged pale-white. Hazy as all hell with plenty of golden tinges when held to the light. Plenty of foamy white head. Aroma has a dry, nutty, earthy yeast, though it’s not terribly funky. Some soft doughy sweetness from the malt and a hint of oak toastiness. Flavor is right away lightly bitter and almost citric. The yeast kicks in and dries it out as well as the alcohol, that psychprof speaks of. It definitely is quite powerful and just way too rough on the palate right now. The oak aging provides a toastiness but also more leathery tannins which give the finish an acidic/bitterness that the malt can’t quite balance. I definitely agree this beer is extremely young yet and needs to soften and ripen. Still, you can tell these guys arent messing around. This was a wonderful beer, full of promise. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 Well, between July 20th and October 18th this has matured wonderfully. MUCH more nutty than it was orrignally, and less sweet. Can seem to taste Steisspalt hops, with some Iron even. Alcohol positively reduced in presence and yeast starting to unclump. Rise from 3.4 to 4.0! Original: Wonderful sweet strong aroma of fruit, quite tropical. Pours nicely golden with a compact lasting head. Chill haze and additional bottle-conditioned cloudiness. Still a young beer (and a very young brewery). I don’t get the rich nutty (I like to call it a flat earthiness) maltiness of the great BdGs; instead I get a fruitier, stronger presence, with a little cinnamon at the tip of the tongue. Strong in alcohol, not subtle.