brstp (201) - - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. Alarmingly pale blond color, white head left a tiny bit of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma of wheat, spice, taste is similar with some grapes. Thin to medium mouthfeel, almost no bitterness, extremely smooth and satisfying finish. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. A hazed medium yellow color with a white head. A fruity herbal, wheat, bread, aroma with a smooth, hefe like body. Citrus like punch in the flavor that finishes with cardboard and bland malts. madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Pours a little hazy pale yellow/gold. Medium white head. Little bubbles floating from bottom to top. Aromas of wheat, herbs, nuts and a little citrus. Taste is some berries, some citrus, wheat and oats. Malt finish lingers for a while, nice and crisp. Good and refreshing if nothing else. benpickens (544) - Camarillo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Hazy and pale gold with a white medium head and light carbonation. Smells of flowers, lemons, spices, and citrus. Sweet, hoppy and fruity with a smooth cool finish. Goo, fruity and refreshing - an unusual beer. vyvvy (6857) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Pours lightly hazy very pale yellow with a moderate white head. The aroma is somewhat wit-like with soft sweetness and a bit of berries and light spice. Medium / light body with somewhat sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with a berry and citrus taste and sharp crisp malt and hop combo. The finish falls a little with a dryness that is sour and cardboardy - from one of the wacky herbs used. It is a shame the finish fell a bit because the rest was a nice refreshing crisp beer. However, why they put this out at the beginning of February when I’m dealing with single digit temperatures on a regular basis instead of summer is beyong me. This would be a good lawnmower kind of beer - not snowblower.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Looks like your typical wit. Body is spritzy, light, effervescent and a little cobwebby. Wheaty malts. Tea-like spices with hints of citrusy fruit. Balanced bitterness. Kind of refreshing, albeit a little cloying. Another new light offering from NB. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Opaque dull yellow with a thin head. Very yeasty earthy funky aroma with some citrus. This description seems inadquate though and the smells are unique to any beer I’ve had. Tart and yeasty, spicy and earthy. Quite bitter. The bitterness is unpleasant to me. I wonder if some of it comes from the herbs. Lemony notes come out as it warms. Interesting but not great. graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 2008
Much nicer than last years, I guess the goji berries are what i did not like.
This beer is extremely difficult to rate, and even then the rating might not be an accurate reflection of the beer at all. The aroma is quite funky with strong yeast notes and some citrus in the nose. It pours a hazy urine-yellow color with no head to speak of. It’s surprisingly full bodied and tastes similar to the trippel with less spiciness and a little bit of kick mostly added by the unique addition of goji berries, oats, and wormwood. This beer should definately be tried if not just for its shear inventiveness. I’d be surprised to see this beer next spring without some sort of revisions, but New Belgium should be applauded none the less. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Very odd this one is. Nice sharp bubbles on the tongue. With all of the elements they claim to have put in here, they seem to cancel each other out. Reid (2676) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2007
"Ale brewed with Wormwood,Goji berries and Schisandra"
Well should be intresting as I have no earthly idea what these things taste like!
Well the appearance is rather limp. Pale yellow with a frothy white head.
Aroma is more livelly , with some ginger aspects, citric in character, and some fruity tones.
Very balanced and unexpectedly "thick" flavours ,given the appearance.
I suppose the oats lend to the slickness, and the herbs certainlly leave a strange medicinal/bitter flavour underneath. Weak hopping, though they do show up in the after taste.
Rather odd and full on the palte, low carbonation.
A rather strange beer, but I liked it. Quite drinkable.
Actually reminded me a bit of "Mateveza" by Butte Creek, it was brewed with mate yerba.