JefVerstraete (3105) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2017
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ben. Many thanks! hazy colour, white foam. Nose of rotten fruit, lavender, cinnamon. Taste is tart and very unbalanced, lots of spices. Not my kind of beer, but nevertheless interesting.
Wim (3807) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
New Year’s Eve together with Yves at his home hazy amber coloured body with a off white head and with a spicy sour fruity hop aroma a sour fruity hop dry bitter taste with alcholic bitter finish
Yves (2938) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared with wim at my home. Hazy blond colored beer with small white head and no carbonation visible. Spicy aroma. Medium sparkling palate. Finish is sour spicy.
ippopotamo36 (2123) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handpump at Luppolo Station in Rome-Italy. Cloudy dark amber color, little lacing. Nose: lavander, sweet floral, hidden funky. Mouth: sweet, a bit earthy, rich and with flowery soul. Nice.
Alengrin (4895) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Started gushing quite violently one second after opening. Egg-white, loosely structured, airy head, quickly reduced to a thin moussy rim around the glass and not much else; hazy orange blonde robe with deep amber hue and strings of fizz here and there. Quite powerful aroma of gooseberry, peach, orange peel, ginger, fermenting hay, wet leather, dried cranberries, vaguely honeyish camomile (effectively used), bread crumbs, moldy walnuts, sour apples, home-made herbal tea (I guess this is the heather), wormwood (or indeed bitter dandelion juice?), soap (perhaps the lavender - but in a subtle way, I do not get much explicit lavender aroma, actually). Crisp, estery, vivid onset, lots of sour crabapple, unripe plum and redcurrant, berry-like sourness with a sweetish, peachy core, mildly tingling carbonation, smooth and somewhat oily mouthfeel. This lively fruitiness persists over a caramelly and slightly nutty malt sweet middle phase, with the soft but nevertheless crisp acidity gently drying the palate. Something leathery retronasally (Brettanomyces!) along with aromatic herbal and floral notes, but again, the different herbs are hard to distinguish and remain interwoven with both each other and the estery profile of the beer itself; I guess camomile and heather are recognizable as something honeyish and the lavender yields a subtle soapy accent, with the dandelion providing a light rooty wryness in the end, paired with an earthy, spicy hop bitterish touch; bready yeastiness follows too along with juicy malt sweetness. Somewhat unusual spice beer, with the sourness fitting in well, but the four herbs used are a bit lost into the whole - which is, perhaps, not a bad thing, as many spice beers are drowned in an overkill of spiciness while this one retains only a moderately spicy character integrated in a Belgian ’wild’ (Brett) ale. Still, I did expect a more outspoken floral and herbal character. In all, not an unpleasant beer to my palate, refreshing and tasty, but technically not quite alright considering the gushing.
Swaroga (2165) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 9, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample. Clear brown with almost no carbonation. Aroma is pear, apple, apple vinaigrette, grape vinaigrette, vanilla cake, tea, dried apples. Watery mouth feel. The beer is sweet and sour like vinaigrette and candied fruits. Some spices and nothing else. Not bad for cooking or food pairing.
impuritylaw (65) - Freibierg, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kindly given by Bierhandlung, thanks Thomas. Sour Aroma with floral notes and some musty component, like rotten apples. Taste is sour apples with some balsamic notes. Pretty sour, but lacking a some carbonation making the finish a bit flat. Couldn’t get any of the added flowers. Interesting beer that harmonises well with the sour ending of Germany vs France.
yespr (42164) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity, citric and wineous. Fruity, citric. Lingering and smooth fruity. Dry and citric finish. Lasting fruity into the far finish.
alexsdad06 (9727) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from The Party Source. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big floral, herbal hops, a minty character, some lactic acidity, tart, odd fruity notes, some bitterness to the finish as well as a lingering herbal character that is like one of the components was reduced to an oil, strange beer.
FrankZappa7 (510) - GERMANY - APR 26, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kastanienbraun, trüb, beiger Schaum. Aroma: kröäuterig, funky. Antrunksüß, kräuterig-fruchtig.