blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a good size lasting white head. I like that aroma! Hoppy and wheaty along with spices, fruit, caramel malt and some sugary sweetness. Though the flavour is similar, it’s a bit of a letdown, it starts off too boozy making it somewhat unbalanced. Dry finish, medium bodied. It’s pretty good but in the end the flavour was just too boozy, it tasted more than 8.5% to me -- if they could balance that out a bit more it would make for a much more pleasant Wheat beer. shadey (2136) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Pour is hazy mellon color with a thin creamy head and lacing. Aroma is fruity and actually pretty attractive. A little alcohol and maybe even a touch of wheat. Flavor is a bti grassy a bit sweet. Overall better than I thought it would be. Pretty smooth and well blended body. The finiish has a dry center with touches of sweetness on the edges. ClarkVV (6709) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2006
2006 bomber, drunk on 8/23/06.Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2006
Sweet, it’s unfiltered. That is usually a great indicator of good things to come from Middle Ages, as these guys are fantastic brewers (they just filter and pasteurize most everything). Plenty of sediment lies on the bottom, while a moderately hazy, bronzed-straw colored body with almost a lemon-lime tint, sits below a large, mostly-well retained head that produces moderate lacing as it recedes (though it does recede fairly quickly to cover).
Simcoe hops in the nose are bitter, dry and very crisp, working well with the dry wheat and pale malts. Lots of lime zest, light lychee, white grapefruit and of course, sticky pine. But the wheat in the background, along with some very honeyish barley, is able to balance, though does not diminish the crispness of the aroma. Simcoe fades, somewhat, on the finish, allowing something of a lighter hop (noble hop variety??) to grant a lightly herbal, flowery note. Lime and lemon notes lie in the background throughout the course of the aroma.
Simcoe again, in the flavor, but not brash and dominating from the start. Rather, a honey and lightly grainy malt character is established, with smooth, chewy wheat and the simcoe gradually making a crescendo, climaxing towards the end, with a lip-smacking, slightly tongue curling bitterness. Almost a bit of tartness even, with citrus fruits being thrown in to cut the pine. Soft, frothy texture, supportive from the wheat and ample malt. Wonderful attenuation level, dry, but leaving enough sugar to balance. Moderate, tight carbonation. Some definite mineral influence from the yeast, but no diacetyl. The more it warms, the more the hop bouquet varies, with herbal-flowery notes adding a refreshing acidity and flavor.
I’m really glad TAR kept harping on the merits of this brewery, else I wouldn’t have experienced some true gems they produce (such as this).
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a hazy medium dark beige color beer with a small slightly off white head with average retention. Aroma of wheat is interesting but doesn’t mix well with the hops variety that is used in this beer. Taste is covered up by some weird hops and wheat is not dominant. I think I just don’t get this one – I would rather have a nice German hefeweizen over this. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours a foggy golden-orange with a small white head. The aroma is spicey (pepper) with banana, apple, and pear notes. Flavour is quite spicey - pepper, then some fruitiness. Quite chalky and dry. The alcohol is well masked.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle shared with the regular crew plus MDS, courtesy of Harry. Medium yellow, foamy big white head. Alcohol, malt, wheat (lots), candy in aroma - smells nice and unique. Taste: odd! A ton of alcohol right off the bat, lots of pepper, some apricot, and a lot of wheat malt. Nice, but I’m not sure how balanced it is or how well it really all comes together. But this is what unique one-off anniversary beers should be like: unique, bold and interesting. Full credit to Middle Ages for that. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev & mds - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Light golden-orange with a medium sized head. Nose is very candyish, with notes of fruit, herbs and caramel. Flavour is full and pleasant, with great hop notes, a slight booziness, mild yeastiness, and a dry finish. Certainly one of the best American Wheats I’ve had. hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle... Mostly clear yellow ale with a small, frothy, white head. Grainy, fruity aroma with lots of citrus and some mild clove phenols. Good bitterness with lemony, citrus flavor. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes crisp and dry. Thanks to Argo0 for providing the bottle! kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of argo0. Pours a fluffy white head, clear yellow-golden appearance; attractive lacing. Big and hoppy nose, with prominent floral notes. Full mouthfeel, sweet hoppiness, full candy sugar presence, with a long bitter finish, ending in flowers. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. Golden yellow with a small white head. Interesting aroma, light hops, apricot and a mélange of fruits, muted grapefruit. Dry bitterness lingers with echoes of the fruit. Very dry overall impression, but kind of refreshing at times. Average palate. Quite interesting but does not necessarily make me crave a second glass. 7+/3/7/3/14+