glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2008
I enjoyed this year’s even more than years past; not that I didn’t like it before. Bright amber with medium head that sticks around. Light hop aroma with a bit of yeast. Full taste of floral hops, spices, belgian yeast, cloves and well balanced with malt. Bitter finish. A bit harsh at the end. Fairly thick and low carbonation. Love it. robforbes (2267) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2008
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.
pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a small dirty yellow head that dissipates quickly, above average lacing.
smell is malt, fruit, some spice, light hops.
taste starts sweet and becomes bitter, fruit, malt, some spice, touch of caramel, ends slightly bitter and sticky. HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle. Orangeish amber pore with thick white bubbled head. Nice slightly spicy hoppy aroma. Very spicy taste with pleasantly sweet aroma. Good beer. benpickens (537) - Camarillo, California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Reddish amber with little carbonation and a thin frail head. Wonderful aroma! - fruitcake, cinnamon, apples... delightfully spicy brew. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 lots of strawberry aroma, golden color. fresh red fruit flavor of strawberry, cherry all over. thirst quenching and tasty.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Draft at the brewery. Coppery dark amber with no head and minimal wispy lace. Gently restrained candi sugar nose. Medium body, overcarbonated to perfection (truly perfect--it’s way fizzy but somehow it’s palatable in small doses). Floral, candi, candied fruit notes all show up on the mid-palate, along with some bubble gum. Light candied pine finish. Rough, raw, and unsubtle, and certainly not sessionable, but interesting for sure. Looking forward to trying it in bottles this year; can’t believe I haven’t before now. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
On tap at Duck Island (2006 vintage)
Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
Picking over a nice selection of locals I settled on this one. Trying new beers from breweries I’ve never heard of is a nice way to expand the horizons. This one was solid and enjoyable. It’s not going to rock your world (unless you come from macros) but still worth a try. Having said that next time I return there are other options I will explore first.
Aroma / Appearance - A one finger white head rested above a semitransparent orange body. Spices, cranberry cake and cherry notes highlighted a fruity experience. It fades quickly so you have to pay attention to what is going on.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel lightly slides down the throat. After a while the taste of coriander, cinnamon and cranberries come out. Despite being a little watery there is a heaviness to the beer. Take your time with this one; it was almost empty before I found the sweet spot.
Was forewarned that I was ordering a bottle of perfume and curiosity won out. I enjoyed this beer, which was billed as the Grand Crue on tap at Duck Island in Seattle. Orange-amber hue is warm and friendly and fronds of lace are nice. Nose is soapy and mild. Taste is quite the array of berries, perfume and hop. A good soft mouthfeel. An odd and entertaining beer. AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Clear amber color with a reddish hue and a light tan head. Strong smell of coriander and grains. Medium bodied with a frothy mouthfeel. Taste has lots of coriander and spiced tea herbalness with a bready biscuit malt flavor.
The herbs and spices dominate the flavor here.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Hazy orange pour, tall and rocky off-white head with creamsicle hues. The aroma is fruity and lightly perfumed, with notes of mango, orange, cumin, coriander, white pepper and flowers. A hint of lavender and a slight dousing of alcohol round out the nose. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly spiced, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Fruit notes lead the charge, but succumb to a spice attack mid-palate. Light toasty malt hides in the shadows. Alcohol warmth begins a finish that is somewhat peppery and leaves fruit notes lingering, mildly drying. Mouthfeel is light-medium to medium bodied, well carbonated and lively. Pretty good, quite spicy.