ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
I’ve been sitting on this rating for some time; from the previous ratings looks like since February. Glad to be the 10th rating which will put it on the map. Strong alcohol aroma with sweet fruit. Clear, slightly hazy amber with no visible carbonation. Thin, off-white head. No lace. Small head. Initial mouthfeel is bready and thin for a Belgian style. Doughy. Improves as it warms. Tastes a little like a rye beer. I detect notes of vanilla, raisin, melon and heather. Malty. Not bad, though lacks some depth. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Tap. Medium golden. Earthy hops, mellow esters. Yeast signature reminds me of Whit Labs Bastogne yeast signature. Mellow malts, medium sweet, with a nice finish. Fat Tire’s got nothing on this. I wouldn’t throw this out of bed for eating crackers. JK (6289) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Nothing Belgian about this. Aroma is sort of weird honey and flowers, with bad burnt hair. Light red with no head. Light bitter flavor; flavor of a bitter describes it fairly. Light body. One of their less impressive beers. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Copper Coloring wtih Offwhite Head. Fruit and Grains in the Nose. ..Although that Hardly Describes What You Actually Smell. Very Unique in Smell and Taste. On the Tongue, Fruit and Some Grainy Flavors Can be Derived, but Whatever Yeast They Used Seems to be the Dominant Flavor Here. It’s Extremely Similiar to Another Beer I’ve Had, I Know This Flavor, but Alas, After Sampling So Many Beers, One’s Memory Fails. Very Thin Bodied. Goes Down Almost Too Easy. Light Dry Aftertaste. An Enjoy it or Hate it Brew. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Bright and clear orange with a small off-white foam unlasting to a skinny collar. Lacing is loose and drippy with very minimal spotting deciding to stick.
Aroma is clean and yeasty sweet with sugared fruit candy and nice floral notes. Has a finely tuned wheat malt snappyness within its sweet side adding a bit of fresh bread dough.
Taste is clean and crispy with a well rounded pale wheat malt base bringing in a doughy center thats surrounded by a light sugared candy goodness. Topical floral hop notes dance to and fro. Drys out daintifully with a feathery flower petal texture.
Feel is clean and crisp, crunchy almost at first, carbonation is fairly active but the malt plays out well here rounding it out with a doughy sweetness thats ever forward within its quenchingly easy medium body. An easy going Belgian styled brew with a subtle course of flavor and action that can tend to grow on you. A well crafted little treat.
badgerben (5325) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Copper color with a thin head. Slightly fruity aroma. Strong grains in the taste, but clean. More like a... baker’s shop than the grain silo. Slight fruit which I think is apricot. Bitter finish. Tasty session. PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
From a sampler glass, appearance is it’s biggets strength - clear dark amber, average head. Smells of herbs/grass hemp perhaps? Also subtle aroma of black jelly beans. Flavor was light bitter and short in duration, seemed watery. Light body, thin texture. MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
had at town hall brewery on it’s release date. came with a small head on it’s clear amber body, lacing was spare. aroma was of light malt with an herbal twist. couldn’t help but be reminded of ’hemp’ the more i smelled. flavor was light and thin, vanilla notes, softly carbonated with a slight metalic finish. enjoyable. tennisjoel (1487) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2006
On tap at, you guessed it .... Town Hall. Fruity orange and vanilla arroma. More mellow than I expected. Very smooth on the palate. One recent newbie (as in new beer rater) suggested this was watered down, but I disagree. The flavors are subtle, but done nicely. I could down a few of these, because of the smoothness. The only knock on this is that it is a little thin, otherwise another solid beer from gold ’ol Town Hall brewery. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Called a Belgian Amber by the pub, and I have little information on the ingredients, production, abv, etcetera...guess I could’ve checked, asked, read, inquired...coulda, woulda, shoulda,...let’s move on...
Clear, crimson coloration, nearly coppery, with a short, disappearing head.
Aroma of apples, pears, cherries, a multitude of fruits, malt more than hops, but very evenly played, clean, and sweet, but not the cloying kind. Nearly candyish.
Taste: Creamy, smooth, easy gliding off the tongue and down the throat. Zips right along. Light bodied, almost too thin for my taste, though. Crisp, and dry, with a particularly delicate fruit flavor. Very easy to drink. Light finish, but very tasty.
This one is in a league of it’s own, I think, for it surely doesn’t remind me of anything else I’ve ever tried. I keep wanting it to be more "Belgian" i the yeast, the spice, the funk, but it features none of that. The name, and certain hints in the email regarding this release had me wondering if was a stab at a style like New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ale. Not even close, but that’s not a problem. I can’t think of anything to compare this to, actually, but it tastes so good, and drinks so easy, what’s the problem? It’s just a real nice beer, and another very special creation from Town Hall.