bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with ample carbonation and a descent white head. Aroma of toasted bread, ginger, and orange peel. Flavor of toasted malt, nuts, earthiness, light citrus, and ginger. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Hazy amber with a spotty white film of a head. Light brown sugar base with some slightly sour grape scents. Brandied peaches emerge as it warms. Flavors of brown sugar and light toffee. Flavor did not quite live up to the complexity of the nose, but still very tasty. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2006
From 750 via trade with DarkElf. Pours a golden orange tinted brown with thin white head. Nose is sweet spices, dank, sugared raisins, musty, and grapes. Flavor has malt upfront, a vinous sweetness with a touch of sour to balance. Finishes dry with a little alcohol. A little light overall, I would like to see what age brings this one. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
I had this on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
It pours a dark golden color with a slightly sweet aroma. The flavor is spicy, with some doughy notes. The flavor is floral and slightly citrusy. Enjoyable
Clear honey color with a small head that reduces to a ring around the edges. Pear, honey, floral, cotton candy aroma, with just a bit of alcahol heat. Bready, slighty spicey, honey, sweet flavor with a little bite in the finish. Medium body with slightly fizzy carbonation.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2006
750 ML Bottle, part of MJ’s "rare beer" club: Lighty off white colored head, short lived, and orangey amber color that is lightly hazy. Very grainy and with melanoidin malt aroma. Light spicyness from yeast. Crisp, tart aroma at first when chilled. Light white grape juice fruit aroma as it starts to warm. Perfumey alchohol esters. Bready yeast malt w/ some hints of toastiness. Well balanced flavor and lightly grainy at first, some toasty and what seems to bea light wheat malt flavor, but also lightly bready malt. Finish is lightly bitter and herbal hop flavored that lasts into the lingering, toasty malt flavored aftertaste. Higher medium carbonation, medium body, well hidden alcohol. Not a bad beer, but it sort of lacks identity IMHO. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m not a biere de garde fan! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Pours with a golden amber body with little head or lacing. Slightly sweet to start but a bitter grassy hoppiness pops in after a second with a touch of spice. Light to medium bodied and smooth. papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
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’Brien"s: Golden amber color with just a wisp of foam that quickly fades to nothing. Light sweet spicy aroma with a hint of grass. Flavor starts with a little honey then some spice a hint of white wine and pepper. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.
Bottle. Hazy golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Spicey light grainy aroma. Peppery and earthy. Light citrus notes. Grainy and malty flavor. Caramel notes. Finish is light and fruity. Sweet and Tart. Smooth. Easily drinkable. Enjoyable. TAR (2793) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Yellow orange. Soapy, spaciously bubbled foam noisily crackles its way into a jagged-edged ring. Musty yeast aroma with baked apples, fresh hay, and caramel drenched nuts. Light touch of fragrant phenols and black pepper. Carbonation is prickly and expansive. Very airy, as well. Initially brash with a medicinal and alcoholic sweep. Nutty malts soon take foothold and beautifully complement the mustiness while taming the rough edges. Alcohol is extremely peppery and pointy, but the malts progressively gain definition and continue to soften its blow. Coarse mineral textures seemingly activate a fluffy Pilsner malt foundation. Sweetly floral hops and a nuanced nut- and hay-flavored malt structure winds up being pummeled by a sharply peppery and alcoholic finish. No doubt this is on the right path, as the malt character shows flashes of extravagance, at times. Unfortunately, however, the loose and prickly carbonation fails to carry it with any sort of grace. Flavors also suffer from (slight) under-attenuation, overly sharp/peppery alcohol, and there’s not enough aromatic cleanliness. They came close to nailing this. Better luck next time.