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Review by tavernjef on 01/09/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 2010
750 ml, bottled May 2010: Yeast grazed and muted dark pear orchre color with a medium capping of off-white spongy foam. The top slopes off fairly quickly to nothing left anywhere. Upon some swirling and sipping a few spots and string emerge only to dissappear just as quick leaving a slight oily glare.

Aroma is quite nice with a floral earthyness mixing very well like that of a herbal Saison-esque spicyness. Turnip, cardamom, ginger, black, green, chai, and lemon tea, grassy flowers, tanged with a deeply sweet doughyness from some pale malt and a slight pull to some banana, apricot, and smoked fish rubbed with dry spices.

Flavors, and I stress plural here, it has a lot of fun things going on from its sweet, dullish malt backing that really sets a creamy, dreamy tone of acceptance to its twisting tones of Belgian, Saisonish spices. Much of what was found in the aroma is there in its taste. Starts bold with a solid grab of some of the spice, grasses and herbs, as it then glides smoothly into its creamy malt tones in the mid ranges, pale, bread, Pils? Banana builds in later like a huge Hefeweizen. Then simmers softly with a Belgian strong pale yeasty tone of some bubblegum dashed with some of the tea seasoning, ginger, and yeast.

Exceptionally drinkable body of creamyness! Ever so smooth and coating with an oily thickness that covers the palate quickly with an ooze of lush fulfilling creamyness that allows an absolutely creative amount of allowance to the spices to do there thing.

Dogfish Head has done it again! Another amazingly crafted, thought out brew, that I found to be, another one of their top notch brews of alluring complexity and Yumtasticness!

Price: $11.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by stereotrip on 07/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2010
great beer well balanced considering the exotic ingredients well done

Price: $10.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 07/01/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 4 7 2010
Old Review
750 ml bottle I picked up from Hop City. I believe it ran me about $9 or so. Always willing to try one of Dogfish Head's crazy brews to see what they are up to and what it has to offer. Served up in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a decent apple juice looking color that is a combo of yellow, light brown and burnt orange. Held to the light it is more of a golden yellow in color. The has an ever so slight haze to it but you can see through it. Body has a pretty active carbonation going here. The head was about a finger or so of wispy head, but it took some aggression to get that to build. Sadly, the head had no lasting to it, falling and disappearing completely leaving nothing at all on the top cap. Its a bit meh.

S: Interesting, yes . . . interesting. Smell that comes out first is a pretty herbal and spicy waft. Getting some of the juniper, ginger bread, and pepper. Light touch of honey and clove. The chai aroma is there and mingles and mixes well. Nice chai and a touch of milk in here. Maybe just a touch of sweet, almost chocolate aroma. Not what I was really expecting, but a pleasant suprise.

T: First thing I get is that juniper flavor. That is quickly enveloped with a chai and milk flavor. Rich and dark ginger bread is in here big time. A very nice flavor of German Christmas here, yeah Lebkuchen. Definitely Lebkuchen with that light sugar glaze on it. Slightly spicy pepper and clove come out lightly at times. Touch of lemon coming through, possibly from the hops because I am getting just a very light bitterness. The lemon mixes with some of the spices and herbs to create a bit of a medicinal flavor, but a pleasant medicinal flavor. The rye in here is very light to me and just adds enough to bring out a nice earthiness. Just plain good, but absolutely different.

M: Medium in body with a high carbonation. This is where the beer gets a bit strange because the carbonation keeps the beer crisp but the body is almost thick and viscous at times. Light heat that builds gradually as the drinking experience continues. Light bitterness but it is mostly sweet on the palate. Aftertaste is a bit of the chai and ginger.

D: Well, its good but wierd. That wierdness factor brings down the drinkability a bit for me. I struggled with not giving this a 3.0 but my enjoyment in the experience knocked it up a bit for me. The flavors are very nostalgic of christmas in Germany for me and that gets bonus points anytime. Nose is there as well. I dig the herbal, spicy, medicinal combinations but I can absolutely see how people are thrown by it. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-01-2009 04:42:37

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/22/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 9 13 3 6 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass released a pronounced juniper spiciness as well as a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head is a bit fizzy and quickly disappears to a thin ring of a head around the edges of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a touch of haze and a gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of juniper character, but underneath this the Chai is quite noticeable with notes of nutmeg, clove and perhaps some woody cardamom. A sweet, honey-like malt sweetness is found in the finish and in fact helps to carry all the spice notes found in the aroma. The spice mix, whether juniper of chai derived, definitely dominates the nose of this beer. If you like the spice mix used you won’t find this objectionable and I even find it a bit enjoyable.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, with a viscous heft to it that makes this beer cling a bit to the palate. The beer picks up more sweetness as it rolls across the tongue and the juniper and spices are surprisingly muted when compared to the aroma. Up front the Chai spices are a bit more noticeable, will the Juniper is a touch more noticeable in the finish (though the Chai spices are also in the finish). Up front I get flavors of clove, cinnamon and some spicy cardamom, while the finish has some juniper bite as well as a light turpene driven cardamom spiciness. Sweet honey-like malt flavors and perhaps a hint of cracker-like malt are all that is noticeable of the base grain character. Mixed in with the honey notes is a touch of berry character, which could be contributed by the juniper. The spices in this beer are such that this beer comes off as being somewhat simplistic in its characterization of Chai and juniper.

If you like Chai and juniper, you might enjoy this beer. While I don’t mind either of these flavors, it can be just a bit too much at times. This is mostly enjoyable, though there is no way I could finish a pint of this, much less a 750ml bottle of it. Not bad though, and it was certainly worth trying. Ultimately though it serves as another perfect example of why brewers should learn to show restraint when using spices in a beer (I can’t believe I said that after the Theobroma I just had where I decry the opposite approach).

Served In: Tulip

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