Funknmilla (745) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013 TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pville. Pours a deep chestnut with a smaller off white head that laced. Aroma of toasted nuts, bready malt, Saison spiciness, banana, pepper, some fruity notes and caramel. Flavor of toasted malt, caramel, spicy saison notes, lots of great malt flavor, toffee, peacans and some noble hop notes.
Rating from 1-7-2010....Draft...Deep dark intriguing red...not much head-just a skim of white on the edge...orange rind essence, Belgium yeast spiciness....its mellow with a nice mouth feel....refreshing yet creamy--hopped in the front...sweet in the rear...a little alcohol on the nose....mellows out egajdzis (6561) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2010
[Draft @ Phoenixvile] Brown red color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of raisins, dark fruits, toast, vanilla, some roast, spices, oxidation, and alcohol. Taste of dried fruits, some roast, spices, yeast, and a dry, lightly alcoholic finish. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
I have met Dale Van Wieren, who used to write for Ale Street News, on several occasions, the first being a Malvern brew fest about 5 years ago. An unassuming, very polite, very educated man in boith beer and life, Dale reminds me a bit of a cross between Santa Claus and Blue from Back to School movie with Kevin Nealon. Congrats to Dale for having this beer named for him, and congrats for helping make a very nice hybrid "tweener" style. The pour is hazy brown with off-tan head. The nose is complex, malty, with bready pumpernickel, raisins, dark and figgy fruit, yeasty spice, and some funk. The taste is malty and fruity up front, with fig, raisin, brown sugar, a bit of spicy yeast, and some funk late. It’s a bit hard to put your mind (and tongue) around this one, but one thing I have found over the years is that a beer does not to conform to any pre-determined criteria in order to be enjoyable and desirable. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
on tap-pours a foamy off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is orange zest, yeasty, clove/spice, light/medium malt. Taste is orange zest, yeasty, clove/spice, light/medium malt. OK carbonation. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Sweet vanilla, wheat and malt aroma and flavors. It pours amber with a small head. The flavor of this hybrid manages to meld into a pleasant tasting version of a brown ale.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Tap at pville. Pours a light coppery amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy yeasty phenolics, clove, peppery spice, high temp saison and Belgian like- a touch overly fruity- toffee and toasty caramel malts- a bit off and cluttered with lots going on. Flavor is a touch on the sweet side- apricots and pears, high temp yeasty notes, slight solvent, toast, toffee, and a touch of sharp caramel, mostly clean finish. Ok, but I couldn’t tell it was a biere de garde- more like a moderate strength Belgian ale fermented a bit high.
jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
From the tap poured brown with a fair amount of head. Heavy sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Draught at Phoenixville BrewPub: Aroma is non-existent upon cold pour. However, after warming it is sweet and smells of candi sugar, brown sugar, light malts, and some cascade hops. Poured very deep amber/copper in color with no head. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, caramel, slight spices, slight coriander, malts, and brown sugar. Medium body. Thin, then very dry texture. Average carbonation. Belgian yeast, candi sugar, hops, and brown sugar finish is dry and bitter. Very dry. 7.5%ABV is totally hidden. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
I never met the man this beer was brewed for until today. Nor did I ever hear of him. But he definitely deserves all of our congrats for his acheivement. The beer brewed in his honor pours a very deep amber color with a minimal off-white. There wasn’t much lacing, but it did offer quite an aroma. The nose was filled with dark fruits, brown sugar, bready malts and light hint of floral hops. The body was amazingly drinkable, allowing for this beer to be enjoyed over and over again. The flavors were very well-balanced and delicous, with notes of caramel malt, bread, raisins, a light hint of brown sugar, subtle hints of floral hops, grass and earth. The finish was a little sweet and malty. Mr. O’Reilly certainly brewed a great beer for a great occausion.