RATINGS: 2240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Apricot flavouring
A Beer Cloaked in Secrecy An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A beer brewed clandestinely and given a name whose meaning is never revealed. Why #9? Why, indeed. A sort of dry, crisp, fruity, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because theres never been anything else quite like it. Fermented with our 150 year old strain of top-fermenting English yeast.

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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Candy apricot, a little lemon, toasted malt in the nose. Flavor is watered down apricot candy. A bit of straw-like malt.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Clear copper with a small off-white head. Very faint aroma of light fruit. Flavor has notes of raspberries, strawberries and some caramel. Ends watery with no aftertaste. Moderately sweet, no bitterness detected. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. No lacing or head retention. Drinkable but extremely boring.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - SEP 16, 2005
This brew is a valiant attempt at originality and quality. While it does not live up to the complexity of many Belgian and German brews, this American beer is quite nice. It is pretty complex, with hints of apricot, wheat, and hops. You can taste the "swirl" that the bottle touts in the cloudiness of the brew. You will like this if you are a fan of unique brews, particularly fruit brews or even some Belgian ales.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours dark gold with a small head that goes away quickly. Musty and fruity aroma, like an attic full of apricots. Flavor of apricots, biscuity malts, and caramel. If you like apricots, go for it. If you like beer, go for something else.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kari13 (1) - USA - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
I love the apricoty after tatse of this beer... its not too heavy, its not too light... just right.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle (thanks, Sandy!). Medium amber color. Aroma of very fresh apricot, really quite surprising in its freshness, with some slight caramel malt lingering behind it. Flavor follows: mainly just fresh apricot. Body is rather light and thin. Im impressed with how stable the apricot flavor is-- this could easily end up tasting like a jolly rancher or be too highly hopped and bittered so as to hide all trace of the fruit. That said, I found the body just too lacking. A pleasant experience, though. Makes me want to try my hand at some peach homebrew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2005
This beer smells nice- a little yeasty, hoppy and apricoty, but doesnt follow through in flavor and consequently comes across as rather thin. A bit disapointing- perhaps it was a bit aged.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Bottle. Another decent creation out of Vermont. This beer is very unique. Sweet fruity flavor, reminds of apricots, peaches, with a malty background. Crisp and very refreshing. Fruity and daring but not overdone. I have modified this rating as my tastes have developed and/or the beer has progressively gotten worse.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - AUG 28, 2005
dark amber w/ beige head. fruity aroma w/ tea nose, medium bodied. mix of caramel and fruit.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 23, 2005
Ginger ale gold with orange and brass tinting. Head is buttercream/white and a solid 3/4 inch thick from a hard pour. Smell is non-descript fruit malt, decently rich, with some sourness and a bit of cheap lager taint stirring around the edges. Taste is a bit thin/watery and as advertised, weird. Wheat, berries, pit fruit, and dry pine needle hops roll over the palate. Wet grass, wheat lay the base for the aftertaste, followed by a very dry, sodawater finish. Because I really have no clue what style this is susposed to be, I dont know if Im being overly or less harsh than I should be about the thinness of this beer. This could be a lot better, I think.


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