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Review by seaoflament on 10/15/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 3 8 2008
Hazy pale yellow with about an inch of foam.

I could smell the spices as soon as I cracked the top. Anis first comes to mind, pepper, bay leaves, rosemary, cloves, gentian, caraway, and wheat. The spices really dominate this beer and prevents the malt from making much of an appearance. Sticky sweet aroma. Sweet lemons with a bit of mint and lemon grass. A bit of a medicinal aroma.

Wow, not as spicy as the aroma. Sweet wheat with hints of rosemary and anis. Some lemon, herbal tea, licorice, woodsy, and pine needles. Bay leaves in the finish.

Refreshing, mid-to-low level of carbonation, appropriate for the style it seems.

Surprisingly pleasant.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 09/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2008
As I am pouring this into my 25cl tulip glass I notice that it is incredibly aromatic; spicy and herbal with and aromatic turpene character. The beer is incredibly hazy with an almost white sheen to its straw color. The head starts out almost three fingers in height and is a pale, white color. A closer inspection of the aroma yields aromas of woody rosemary, spicy licorice, lemon zest, substantial ginger, an herbal bay leaf thing and a sort of earthy sage note. This is very aromatic, it practically jumps out of the glass, but it does not pick up any harsh notes and isn't all that over-bearing.

The taste is quite dry and that seems to mute the spice flavors quite significantly (especially as compared to the aroma). Ginger flavors seem to be the most noticeable after the first sip and there is a light lemon zest note as well as an herbal, menthol sort of turpene character that is mix of rosemary and bay. Very light and quaffable, and with all the herbal notes I was actually expecting this to be quite a bit more astringent and bitter than it actually is. There is a touch of tannic character here and the beer comes off as being lightly tart (perhaps from the ginger).

This is actually quite refreshing. This would be an awesome aperitif, it gets the juices flowing and you ready for a meal. Gruit beers are novel enough that this beer gets props for being unique. I definitely enjoy tasting modern interpretations of history & I do like the mix of flavors that the specific herbs contribute to this beer.

Served In: Tulip

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