muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 June 2003: Clear bright medium amber, large fast-diminishing head. Big caramel aroma, very sweet, odd apple aromas also, not sure I really like it; intense but rather un-beery if you know what I mean. Hints of caramel/butterscotch at the front of the flavor profile also, very very smooth with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. It’s simple, smooth, warming though I don’t find the alcohol overly obvious for an 8%, very tasty and quaffable but nothing close to the complexity or master of Beatrix.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2003
March 2005: sample was much simpler and had a sickly-sweet character that was really unpleasant ...stale and peppery at the finish. Would probably rate a 2.5 or so but I’m leaving my rating for the obviously better sample from 2 years ago...
I'm not crazy about this ale. Fruity, bitter, and overly sour flavors. Alcohol is also noticable. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Looks almost identical to the De Horste's Beatrix - both are light copper with thin heads. The smell and taste of alcohol are noticeable. Rather fizzy, which hides some of the flavors, such as they are. Alcohol notes dominate mostly, because there is little sweetness to cover it up. This tastes a bit like an 8% abv witbier because its body is relatively light and uncomplicated. Not impressed. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
Vermeer poured w/ a large, frothy, meringue-like head. It has a hazy yellow color. It has a distinct aroma that I can't quite place. I liked the aroma, but it was one of those smells that many might not, as others have noted. The taste was slightly fruity, maybe some green apples. If it were a bit crisper, I'd say it was a high alcohol white beer jazz88 (2680) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Bottle. A hazy golden amber color with an off-white head. A strong aroma but not necessarily good. It has a rubber and medical bandage type aroma and flavor. If I were to be more favorable I might call it earthy, leafy, and cider-like, with mint, alcohol, apples, and pears.
TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Large white bubbled foam. Golden amber liquid. Mineral laced aroma. Lots of underlying character, but not much personality. Abundant notes of cork, some biscuit, perfume, leafy hops, celery, honey, apples, and minty alcohol. Assertive rush of carbonation behind a firm mouthfeel. Red hot alcoholic flavors burn the mouth and nose on the exhale, thus masking most of the apples, coton candy, pear, soggy banana, and light fig flavors. Effervescence wipes away most of the flavors, only leaving in its wake alcoholic evidence. Almost like drinking dilluted corn syrup. Bad bottle? I think not. This is a slightly disappointing alcoholic fire that shows great potential once you get past the cloying sweetness and hot alcohol. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Pours with an amber orange color with lots of sediment. Light fruits in the aroma, spicy yeast finish. mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Apon the first sip my girlfriend said this beer taste like drain cleaner.It did have a nasty bitter medicinal chemical taste that was hard to ignore at first.Had a sweet apple cider flavor like Beatrix with a strange herbal bitterness at the end which softened thankfully so we could finish it.Liked Beatrix and signature much better.It seems everone has a different experiance with these 3 ales. notalush (5880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This beer has a really funky-looking sediment
(like large grains of sand), but other than that it has a nice, cloudy, golden appearance, and an inviting, fruity, yeasty aroma. It has a very earthy, malty, tripel-like flavor, but seems to be a bit softer and fuller than many tripels I’ve had. The finish is very smooth and slightly citrusy. I actually enjoy this more than their Beatrix, and this is a bit cheaper, too. Good, good stuff. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This is a very smooth, refreshing beer. Citrus and orange dominate the flavor. The amount of sediment puts me off a little, but it doesn’t take away from the flavor or the finish. Aroma is slightly vanilla. I really like this beer. Impressive.