fletchfighters (1590) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2012 gam (4097) - brisbane, - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Block head gold pour strong carbonation aromas oaky wood sweetness of yeast fruit grain note flavours gin smoothness vanilla touch orange lemon yeast goodness spicyness earthyness peppery clove cinnamon ripping ale the finish enjoyable ale best aftertastes oak and gin influence fruit lovely smoothness and sweetness good ale alround
500 ML bottle hawthorne00 (4145) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
Golden straw color with a half finger of white head. Good body to the head and leaves nice spotty lacing.
Great nose. Gin up front, backed by oak, Chardonnay, vanilla, lemon, white pepper, and bread. A lot going on in this.
taste is very similar to the nose. Gin up front and the rest then make appearances. Better hints of bread, stone fruit, tart lemon and spices in the taste with out being overwhelming
Mouth is full bodied but not overwhelming, Carbonation is prickly and not overdone. Alcohol is a bit overbearing in the end but this was well done.
If Duvel could be like this was I would be very impressed. Outstanding beer
Bottle,10C (just a little colder would have been better). Gold with a dense white head that lasts and leaves blots of lacing. Aroma of grain, dough, flowers, light spices, notes of oaky white wine perhaps more noticeable than gin and its botanicals. Slightly syrupy, carbonation feels lower than it looks. Wouldn’t have minded just a little more. Gin much more obvious in the taste - there’s a little hot breath of it in the first swallow and herbs are as prominent as the spicy hops. Aside from that first burst of gin, alcohol is well integrated. Sweet with apricots, peach, hay. Light dough. Bitterness struggles to balance in a lingering less than dry finish that has pepper, juniper and cloves. Complex without being off the leash.