Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A superb almost funky extra-yeasty Saison-ish beer trying to pass as a regular Belgian blond ale
How: Back from Europe tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy golden-blonde body with a medium white head
In long: Nose is not quite funky but certainly barnyard. I could smell that beer for an hour. Heavily yeasty and very doughy. In fact this is one of the doughiest beer I’ve ever had. Bready citrusy dough and dry orange peels. Hopping mixing noble hops grassy dryness, citrusy hops and foresty elements. Dry dusty finish. Nourishing fluffy body, feels like a meal! In some ways this reminds me a lot of an extra-yeasty Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale. Wow!!! what an unexpected surprise, that label is exactly the face I made on my first sip.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Doughy yeast and piney, citrusy hops frolick in this pillowy and quenching Belgian Ale. Such a complex hoppiness in a humble vehicle of drinkability seems to always seduce me.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Creamy foam decorates the cloudy orangey blond.
-The finishing wooden hop bitterness is as pleasant as it is drying.
-The body is very healthy and the carbonation fluffy.
-All flavors are intelligently integrated and balanced.
SHIG (3282) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a golden color with a thick huge fast acting white head. Aroma is fruit and soap. Taste is sweet honey and grain, there are some spiceness to it also.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Alc. 6.5%. Clear medium orange color with a huge, frothy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, moderate to heavy yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (290208)
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Hazy golden colour with a huge beige head that leaves some lace. Aroma is quite sweet of toffee, caramel malts, some mild fruityness and nectar. Flavour is malts, some stinging sweetness along with mild spicyness. Also some hints of yeast and mild grassyness.
sayravai (4668) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Hazy golden with a medium, partly lasting head. Sweetish-honey-malty aroma with hints of (pleasant) diacetyl and quite pleasant, aromatic hops. Slightly sour-malty, honeyish flavor with some wheaty hints and low bitterness. Medium-bodied with balanced carbonation. Quite nice, but slightly unclean, and lacking character somewhat.
thebeertourist (4528) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a huge offwhite head. Herbal hop aroma. Flavours well-balanced between herbal hop bitterness and a sweet maltiness. Quite fizzy. Not bad.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange colored beer with a fast disappearing white head. Coriander is dominantly present in the aroma. A malty sweetness with some fruity notes in the background, but all dominated by the coriander as well. According the label the beer was bottled one month ago. I think it was to young.
oberabcbbsok (688) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A verry bitter very spicy beer. Tasted at hop karakter festival 2007 at vighte. Just a little to spicy.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - APR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hurrah for bitter blondes... Cloudy gold with lasting, laced head. Pretty. Hops and straw aroma. Flavor is hoppy, with some sweetness that’s overwhelmed by dry, bubbly and bitter. Up there with Bink for nice, hoppy blondes. Unexpected and damn nice.