jtclockwork (10656) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Jay at my house. Pours orange amber with off white head. Nose/taste of Belgian yeast, hops, florals, light caramel and musky orange peel. Medium body.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I took to a tasting at James’ place. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Musky saison like yeast on the nose. Medium bodied, soft and musky right away, touch of sweetness, caramel. Dusty musky yeast and a bit of hops on the finish. Drinkable, and fairly easy at that, nice for 7.2%.
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark golden, close to no head. Aroma is mostly around the flowers/pineapple notes of hops, but is somewhat faint. Taste is really a three stages thing : continuation of the floral hops with a rich malt/cereal backbone, then ester-induced sourness, then the bitterness kick, mostly in grapefruit variety. I can’t say that I really liked the bitterness developped by this one.
UM02 (329) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The third in a series of IPAs from A La Fut. This one is made with Belgian yeast and the hop variety is not specified. It is also a bit stronger than the other two IPAs in the series at 7.2%. This is the weakest of the three beers in my opinion and was a bit disappointing not because it is a poor beer but because it is not at the level of the previous two IPAs. There is an initial bitterness in the taste but it is quickly replaced by a heavy malt flavour reminiscent of a Belgian strong ale. That more or less kills the IPA effect, it is like an initial rush of IPA followed by a fairly bland Belgian strong ale. The two styles don’t really mesh.The hop bitterness kills the subtle flavours of a good Belgian strong ale while the strong yeast and alcoholic heaviness kill the crisp IPA bitterness. That being said it is pleasant tasting and "easy drinking" but that is not really what I want in an IPA, Belgian strong ale or a combination of the two.