Bottle I purchased at Green's off Ponce in ATL. Poured into a weizen glass.
A: Pours a beautiful dark amber with some nice active carbonation. The beer is hazy and resembles homemade apple cider. Poured a huge white head the receded down to a white ring that left some decent lacing.
S: Smell is of malt, apple, banana, alcohol, grains. Banana dominates but all are present.
T: Banana is not the dominant taste here. The malt and bready taste comes through first and foremost. Apples come next with a touch of banana. The is sweetness to this brew but the alcohol cuts the sweetness perfectly.
M: Creamy but still has some carbonation. Coats the mouth and has just enough alcohol burn to let you know it is there. Aftertaste is of the present fruits.
D: Absolutely drinkable. My revisiting of my German brews is making me need to go back to Germany soon. These beers are amazing.
Served In: Weizen Glass
Color is a dark red-brown, with a decently thick foam that sticks around a while. Smell is sweet with caramel, malts, and wheat all obvious. Decent banana smell too. Taste is similar to the smell, with a slight bit more bitterness. Plenty of malt sweetness, grass/wheat, and a bready taste in the middle. Ends with a slight alcohol taste. Carbonation was obvious in the glass, but didn't translate to the feel much at all.
Overall, a very good bottle overall and a good example of this style. The sweetness is a good balance with the other notes in the taste and smell.
Served In: Goblet
Just picked up this bottle a few minutes ago from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.
Poured into my Aventinus glass. Great looking beer, a dark caramel color with a soft inch and a half of foam on top. Very good retention.
Sweet wheat aromas with banana, clove, yeast, caramel, and a bit of pepper or spices. Brown sugar also comes to mind as well as some sugary raisins. Soft chocolate in the background.
Very similar to the aroma, starts of with some multi-grain bread, banana, clove, dried fruit and finishes with a bit of chocolate and wheat…a bit of alcohol detected in the finish too. A touch of black pepper in the end. After a few sips the fruit and banana, along with the bread, make a great combination of flavors.
A little aggressive carbonation on the tongue at first but it smoothes out later on.
Served In: Stange
Poured out a dark brown color with a very nice head.
Sweet with some underlaying spices to it. Nothing overpowering, but really nice. There's also some fruitiness in there.
I'm not overly in love with bocks and the like, but this was a very tasty beer. Normally the sweetness of them becomes almost too much for me, but that wasn't the case this time. The taste was definitely sweet, but it had enough other things going on to keep me interested and searching for more flavors.
It's 'wheaty' enough to keep it on the lighter side and easy to drink. I could see myself quaffing several bottles of this in a sitting, it was very enjoyable.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Pours a dark, dull chestnut color that is clean and clear. Big, very light tan head looks sort of soapy and is made up of varying sized bubbles. Pretty good retention, especially considering the soapy, cola like look of the head.
S - Big, robust odors going on here. Spicy sweetness with deep caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and fresh baked spice bread. Some deep dark fruit aroma of black cherry, raisins and dates. Lovely.
T - Much like the smell here, but with an addition or two. The spicy sweetness comes right out with big brown sugar and caramel, accompanied by cinnamon and spice bread. Smokey malt comes in and plays a part, but doesn't overpower. Dark fruits come on with raisins and dates mostly. Smokiness hit again towards the finish, along with a bit more all spice.
M - Medium bodied, with slightly fizzy carbonation. A couple swirls in the glass does wonders.
D - This is simply a fantastic beer. Top for the style and what all others shoud be compared against.
Served In: Bottle
Served at cellar temp and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.
Appearance is good. Dark purple colored brew that's hard to see through, although can if you look hard enough. Fast carbonation bubbles rise to the large thick pearl white head. After the brew settles for a bit, the head dies down to a very thin soapy film.
Smell is very good. Deep aroma of fresh wheat and sweet candied malts. Bubblegum and banana.
Taste is very good. Very much like the smell; banana and bubblegum with sugary malts. Frosted min-wheats cereal. Aftertaste is yellow-apple and pear-like. Very complex for the style.
Mouthfeel is good. Spicy on the palate. Medium to light body. Finishes tingly with a small burn. Slightly over-carbonated.
Drinkability is good. Another one or two would be ok before the carbonation took it's toll on my palate.
Overall: A classic example of the style and a brew I admittedly over-look when searching for a sweet rich brew. After this time around i don't see that happening again. Recommended
[ serving type: bottle ]
Served In: Other
The pour is awesome. Muddy brown that forms into a nice sized tan head that hangs around. The smell is spicy, fruity, and more fruit. Taste is very good, not sure how to describe it in detail, but very good. A little fizzy in the mouthfeel, but very drinkable.
Served In: Pint Glass
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