Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2017 kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark amber pour with light off-white head. Aroma is typical of an abbey - banana, clove and other spices. Taste builds on the banana clove theme with a hint of cinnamon and other spices along with a slight raisiny flavory. Perhaps just a touch too sweet and carbonated for my palate, but an interesting brew.
Reviewed from notes.
Wasn’t sure what to pour this into, opted for a tulip thinking this was some sort of Belgian styled ale.
The appearance was a murky semi-dark red color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that subsided at a good pace. Some messy lace.
The aroma had some cinnamon, cardamom, light orange peel, grassy to woody hops, some nuts, toast, raisin, butterscotch, caramel/toffee malts, and white bread.
The flavor was a nice blend between the malts and the spices gathering in the orange peel and earthiness to meld fairly nice. Not much of an aftertaste but finished with the spices and malts.
The feel was just a tad under medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine and so was the ABV. Spicy harshness was tame enough not to distract.
Overall, not a Belgian ale, and glad to see it correctly entered on ratebeer. Not exactly sure what Lucky Bucket was going for. I haven’t had much of their beers, however, this was good for what it was. superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, clove, peppercorn, orange, apple, cherry, plum, light banana, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, clove, peppercorn, orange, apple, cherry, plum, light banana, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, clove, peppercorn, orange, apple, cherry, plum, light banana, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. A bit thin, but not watery; nicely flavorful. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian Abbey singel style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink. Intensely fragrant on spices in the aromas, but not overwhelming; more balanced in the flavors. Hits the base style very well. A very enjoyable offering. unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Poured a slightly dark, slightly translucent orange color with a small fluffy white head. Aroma was light roasted pepper, no heat, just some of the fruit with a touch of light sweet malts. Flavor was subtle heat, some pleasant pepper notes with a malty finish maekchu (3917) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle from World Beer Market (Sake no Taniguchi). Nose is quite spicy, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other indeterminate etc. Dark amber color, slick. Thin medicinal initial flavor, herbal and lightly sweet. All quite mild. Thin, smooth, slick body. Quite a mix of spices (maybe too many?), most of which cancel each other out rather than complementing the malt. DBob5150 (235) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Not impressive at all. Should have gotten my first clue in the pour, virtually no carbonation, looks like a flat cola. Aroma is fruity, banana, citrus, etc. Taste is overwhelmingly spices, nutmeg, ginger with hints of citrus. Finish is slightly bitter. This would have been better off a baked good than a beer, not recommended.
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 20, 2015
I bit too spicy for my tastes. Lots of nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Body is mild with a mellow finish. MetalNHopHead (1981) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2015
I like the idea of a Belgian-style Winter brew, and there are some components here that work very nicely. I enjoy the citrus, cardamom, cinnamon and banana. Not a lot from the other spices, though. Light body and mellow aroma. This could be awesome. It’s okay. tkealy8344 (8) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Hy Vee in Omaha, NE. I try to support the local brewers but this one I probably won’t get again.... seemed very flat. Very high nutmeg, not much hop, tastes a little watered down... just OK. The beer I had before this was a solud IPA, so maybe that threw everything off... ozzy70 (1148) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 15, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours amber with thick off white head. Aroma of spices, nutmeg and citrus. Taste was spices and sweet. Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Tastes fine and all, just nothing mind blowing. Banana, Clove and spices dominate this beer.