rondphoto (3876) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light orange amber with a good, long-lasting head cover and curtains of lace. The taste is bright caramel malt with candied fruit and a light bittering in the finish. The total experience is far better than the component parts. A solid (not too sweet!) Belgian Ale. Recommended.
tderoeck (7895) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
30/VIII/2012 33cl bottle @ 3 Fonteinen open deur (Beersel) - BB: n/a (2012-979)
Clear blond to golden beer, huge creamy frothy off-white head, very stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet candi sugar, bit floral, ripe peaches, summer fruit. MF: good carbon, medium body, creamy texture. Taste: some citrus first, grassy hops, little fruity, dried apricots, bitter hops, bit floral. Aftertaste: bitter hops, pretty fruity, citrus, grassy, touch of honey.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Two plus fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is good and an irregular ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Sugary frutiness with a good spicy backbone. Good bit of pepper. Peach and candied pineapple fruitiness. Clean overall except for a light yeastiness. Quite pleasant.
3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, but less sharp. The sugariness is reduced, but is still there. Peach and pineapple fruitiness again. Very subtle pepperiness. Touch of yeast and touch of breadiness, though still clean. Not bad.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The only thing I don’t like is that the carbonation isn’t super spritzy, which is what I love most about Belgian mouthfeels. Reasonably creamy.
3.5 D: Solid beer though it is a little weird having a non-sour from 3F.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-17-2012 03:44:04
Palme (3948) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Pours a cloudy golden-honey one, lots of floaters and a small sidesticking just off-white head. On the aroma this is not extreme. I get some sweet corn, light yeasty fruits, hints of oranges and spices. It’s average carbonated and it has a light oily texture. Flavors are at first a bit almost dry. Then light malty-sweet mixed with a soft sourness as well. I also get some mild alcohol and yeasty fruits here. A lasting - almost stingy alcoholic aftertaste. Nice enough, but not something I have to try again. 16.06.2012
ClubGonzo (5359) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Hazy honey-hued body, medium short-lived white head. Aroma is grainy "wet" malt tones (hard to describe...), Belgian ale yeast, hints of honey and alcohol. Taste is floral heather tones, sour-ish red berries, grains and hints of grassy hops and honey. Medium body, well carbonated. Pretty nice, but no real winner. I wonder why 3F bothers with this kind of projects.
ej (1225) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much aroma, hints of citrusy hops and yeast notes.
Slight sweet notes with belgian yeastyness, hints of citrus
Light body and soft carb
kappldav123 (5829) - GERMANY - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle looks simple but good. Beer in the glass zippy, nice head. Starts strong, some hints of alcohol, but not too much. Interesting fruity notes, a bit sourish background. Finish well balanced, fine spicy. Good beer!
77ships (7440) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl. Bottle @ home / purchased @ Streekproducten store in Halle: crystal-clear light amber with a big fluffy / creamy white head, smells sweet, fruity, peachy, flowers, sweet grains, slight floral hops, tastes bitter, slight fruity, flowers, touch caramel sweetness upfront, plenty of esters, grains, plenty of pils malt, yeast, bitter herbal finish, yep definitely herbal, almost a dash of mint, bitter Saaz hops (not my favourite), all the while you get this fruity sweetness, weird mismatch of this kind of herbalness I am not too fond of & slightly weird sweetness / light, almost going to strong carbonation / label humoursly (?) states that this is made with the same ingredients as lambic, water, hops, yeast & malts / okay Belgian pilsner type of thing / has its reasons & merits but I cannot say that I am crazy about this or rather good but it is like mint chewing gum, good & interesting taste but far away from what my pallet really prefers
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked 29/06/12. Pours with a hazed lighter golden-orange hue with a large white head. Aromas are musty, honey, lightly stale malt, orange peel, floral, rosewater, bready, pear, apple and orange esters. Very low peppery phenol, biscuity as it warms. Flavors are bready and biscuity malt, bitter, grassy, faded hops, orange, grand manier notes, belgian, estery yeast. Medium alcohol, light malt, dry. A nice BGSA. Somewhat Duvel-esque. Mild peppery phenol, a touch astringent, boozy, warming with some mineral character. A touch of salinity, faded hops. Lively bubbles, lower body, warming and dry.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head (almost more of a full cream hue). The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows clear’ish, full gold hue when held up to the light; additionally it shows an aggressive carbonation. The aroma smells of grassy grain, floral notes, cracker like malt, honey-like malt, and slightly metallic leaning, generic lager beer like, “beer” notes towards the finish that play a fairly prominent role; everything but the last is fairly inviting.
Slightly sweet, with a pale malt sweetness, touches of honey like malt character and a somewhat cider like fruitiness are found up front. The beer has a creamed corn like, sweet grain finish that has a bit of edge to it. Underneath this last, dominant note, is a touch of pale cracker like malt, a hint of floral / herbal hops and just a suggestion of hop bitterness. This does have a nice effervescence to it that nicely accentuates and offsets at the same time, the lightly viscous, easy drinking body that this beer has.
Hmm, I have always had a hole in my palate for recognizing DMS. It is one of those stupid things that should have been pointed out / associated to me long ago, but somehow never has been. Unfortunately, in this particular case, this beer has pinpointed that for me; this has a ton of it, creamed corn is perhaps a little bit in the right direction for this flavor, it is also slightly metallic, definitely accentuates sweetness and an off-sort-of fruitiness, but what it really reminds me of is cheap American lager that I drank at Frat parties in college. I should be ashamed to admit this discovery, but I am so happy to have filled this gap in my palate that I can easily overlook it. This is certainly a deeply flawed beer, but, my personal enjoyment of this beer is greatly enhanced by my personal discovery to define exactly what DMS in a beer is; I have distinctly noticed this in quite a few beers over the years, but for some reason not made the proper connection; I blame the fact that I learned early on techniques to avoid this in my own brewing, without personal, direct experience, so never had to really troubleshoot this particular off-character :-).
Hmm, I wonder how this mixes with the rest of the bottle of GFAR that I was otherwise going to turn into vinegar…..