JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, mud orange. Medium-sized head. Aroma of red grapes, graham crackers, and burnt caramel. Plums, rum, and a certain burnt cookie flavor is a tad off-putting. Very carbonated.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper in color with a snow dust grey head. Big banana accents in the aroma, along with pepper, cloves and nutmeg. Big-time flavor rush at first quaff. Lemons and orange crème meet in the middle with plantains, some citric shine, vanilla and pepper. Barely any zing from the high alcohol content but there is a little hoppy bite. Yeasty croissant finish. Glad I was able to get in on the action. Nicely done.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) Citrusy aroma. Light apple flavor, with maybe a little apricot? No finish at all. Decent, but the apricot turned me off a little.
TAR (2729) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Shiny light gold. Dense cap of foam. Quick, buoyant bubbles. Peaches, melon, honeysuckle, and fruity yeast scents. Light peppery yeast accent. Feisty, punchy carbonation. Soft with an immediate slippery fruitiness and rose petal backdrop which holds the alcohol in check. Glimpse of doughy yeast lends more body. Nary a hint of phenols. Dry surge of alcohol imparts a pinch of dryness that enlivens the underlying spiciness. Grainy alcohol and rummy sweetness heighten as it warms, but it retains its softness, with a quiet mixed melon caress. Lightly toasted honeyed straw develops, but the sweetness remains modest due to the clean, kölsch induced fruitiness. Finishes with a balanced stroke of brightly floral hops, honeyed toast and fruity yeast remnants. No real ”off” notes, and plenty of well-rounded, appropriately subdued fruitiness to enhance the sweetness. Very cool stuff.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, July 2005: hazed golden, apricot with thick off white cream stuck to the top. Aromatic cloves, orange & pineapple rinds, pale malts, and dusty yeast make up a solid and enticing aroma. Flavours are complex and dance atop a wonderful bed of carbonation: pears, and sweet green apple flesh mix with a slight peppery/allspice zest and are wrapped up nicely with the variety of yeast elements. A great idea that offers a rich and tasty palate of flavours.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, golden body with a thick, fluffy white head. Big fruity, estery nose. Sweet honey, bananas, fresh baked bread, clove, pineapple, pilsener malt, peaches and perhaps a bit of coriander. The body is very enjoyable: the carbonation is active and almost volitile, but the entire thing feels almost succulent on the tongue. The sweetness in the flavor is the dominate factor here, but the varied yeasts are not forgotten. More fruity elements and the spiciness all seems to come from the yeasts. The alcohol is well hidden and the finish is superb. It’s a pretty cool idea and I think it works well. It’s certainly not a session beer, especially when considering the alcohol content, but still pretty damn tasty.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow. A pineappley strong Belgian with surprissingly little alcohol flavor. Apple aromas, some spiciness, solid mouthfeel, very sweet. Yeasty. A bit cloying in the long run but a great attempt with a pretty original result.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy copper with a thin frothy white head. Has a nice Belgian yeasty aroma with lots of sweet caramel and biscuity Belgian malt. Body starts very sugary and sweet, lacking malty complexity and that bready Belgian yeastiness often found in good tripels. Hides it’s alcohol well, but just needs some more balance to acheive more authenticity.