RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Revisiting Scratch #3, we take the same Tripel recipe, add beet and cane sugars to the kettle, and run the wort through our hopback brimming with juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers.

Inspired by the herbaceous nose of gin, the berries and flowers give a slight pine/citrus aroma with floral undertones. Scratch #8 has a dry, yeasty finish and noticeable alcohol warming when consumed.

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pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2008
8-2-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to DIM, we believe
Clear light watery yellow in color with no lasting head. Smell is spiced and doughy. More spice than I really like - but isn’t awful I suppose. It coats the tongue with a thick chalky medicinal flavored sweet funk. Not good. Really not something I enjoy at all. Hard for me to swallow.

lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2008
I believe this bottle is from DIM. Thank you.
Pours a mostly clear golden color with an extremely short lived head. Smell is bright and herbal and lightly malty. I can definitely get the juniper berries from this. Taste is sweet and herbal again. A bit cloying, actually, and has kind of a spruce and mint like finish along with some yeastiness. A touch of alcohol shows, but couldn’t tell it was over 10%. Gets harder and harder to drink still, despite the ABV being hidden well. Novelty beer...

TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle from axilla. Thanks Jon! Pours cloudy orange with no head. Nose is slightly vegetal and salty, with a bit of citrus, spices, and pepper. Flavor is spicey with some hints of clove and citrus. Didn’t care for this too much.

LinusStick (3532) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
A nice S/H/V. Aroma was pretty weak. Coriander, spice and yeast. Pour was a hazy light gold with a one finger white head and very murky and non-moving. Taste was hot and spicy. Tastes like the usual tripel with orange peel, citrus, black pepper and the juniper berries in the background. Thick mouthfeel and a little cluttered. Tastes like they were trying too hard to put too many flavors in here.

hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle…Thinkin’ ‘Bout Thirteen Hours O’ Drinkin’ (tew man wrecking crew)... Cloudy golden ale with almost no head (small and white). The nose is sweet and spicy with esters of banana and Bazooka bubble gum. Full-bodied and sticky with dancing carbonation. Mostly sweet and spicy with alcohol warmth. Lightly tangy. Wow! Way too spicy... way too sweet… way too hot... overdone! Bottle provided by mgumby10!

mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours a pretty clear straw gold color, with a small white head. Smells of a unique array of spices, banana, orange citrus, and cinnamon. The flavor was heavily spiced as expected, tons of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, andcitrus fruit all trying to jell together, but comes up a bit disheveled in my opinion. Seems a bit overdone, like they tried to hard to make it weird. Got a lot of bubblegum in the aftertaste. Pretty obnoxious after a while. Too much for me.

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2008
A very spicey aroma, clovish with corriander. Slighlty hazed yellow pour. Very spiced flavor with hinst of bannana and some abv warmth. Full solid palate. Alot of abv riding on a good flavor solid spiced beer very good to me.

JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Bottle from Mystery Swap 3.0. Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice sized white head. Aroma of sweet spices, ginger, oranges, yeast and malt. Taste is exceptionally smooth and complex. Has a semi sweet spice flavor with a mild, balanced finish. Alcohol is nicey hidden. Very good!

Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Miver: Poured a deep lightly hazy golden color ale with a small white foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of pear, juniper and bubble gum is quite intense but very enjoyable. Taste is a mix between a typical Belgian triple with some excellent notes of juniper, pear and bubblegum. Body is quite full with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one even though the aroma and spicing is too intense to drink this regularly.

stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours light orange/golden with a sarpse white head. Aroma of spices, fruit, and sweet malts. The flavor is sweet, fruit, spices, and alcohol (not well hidden), floral, and a thin body.

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