Grima (2106) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The first glass (which consisted of 99% of foam) I could tip it. The second glass is now 90% of foam, so that the test set at the end still holds good 100ml! It only takes 5 minutes until I can start the test. Once you can see some beer, it is now slowly out an orange-yellow, well turbid beer. On the ground, relatively large particles floating around, the foam holds the position mercilessly. Then, when finally a smell test is possible, it smells bitterhoppy and good spicy. It starts rather mild, much milder than most IPAs. Fruity, sweet, with a slight hop tinge. To the center part it is somewhat alcoholic in the mouth, also comes the hop by intense, fruity acidity increases, ie, it will total more intense flavors! Until then finish remains very intense.
RichardW (1540) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Beers of Europe. Thankfully, this didnít explode on opening, but pouring was a bit of a nightmare, battling the enormous foaming head, with trying to keep the sediment in the bottle. The result was a wonderfully aromatic beer, that looked like mud, with a lot of silt at the bottom. The taste is very fruity, fresh and full, some caramel is present, with a dry, biscuity finish, that turns earthy later on, after the huge foaming head has settled. I actually had to spoon out about 9 tablespoons of foam! The alcohol is warming and rich and this could have been a really excellent beer, if it wasnít for the massive over carbonation.
BBB63 (6115) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in snifter: GUSHER that caused the beer to produce a very hazy amber hue with lots of floaties, The huge foamy head finally faded after a minute or so leaving very nice lace in itís wake. The aroma has notes of Belgian yeast and some clear candi sugar, pils, pale, caramel/crystal malts, cloudberry, peach, and slight resiny pine hops along with a hint of lemongrass. The taste is more towards the Belgian Ale and less towards an IPA as the nose let on. Still there is just enough hop love to let you know this is a nicely hopped Belgian beer. The bitterness provide a nice balance against the sweet malt and yeasty character of the beer. The mouth feel is lightly aggressive and vibrant with a chalky and slightly astrengent tannic finish. Overall dispite the gushing beginnings, this is a nice brew that I enjoyed.
Braudog (5866) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with the "IPA" label. Exploded from the bottle with an overly active burst, and refused to settle for several seconds. Extremely sweet aroma, mostly of lemon detergent. I must admit I feared this was infected. But it drank smooth and crisp, with a understated hoppy character, and a hint of continental, wild, farmhouse appeal. Nice. (#4013, 11/7/2010)
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber coloured beer with lots of carbonation and a huge white head. Hoppy, light fruity hopflower aroma. Full palate. Finish is butter hoppy with an alcholic bitter ending. Very nice brew.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange color with plenty of bottle conditioning yeast along with a big fizzy head. The nose is earthy with a dose of hops, mainly noble and lightly citrusy with some yeast and dusty pale malt notes. The flavor is clean and grassy with more hops and a clean sweet malty flavor. Finishes fairly vague, but itís a nice approach towards an IPA. Obviously belgian, itís like the elephant trying to hide behind a telephone pole.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma:It smells a little wild, lots of spice in the aroma.
Taste:The piney hops stand out sharply. Itís got some farmhouse flavors. The beer is rather dry.
Palate:Light, with a fair amount of astringency.
Overall:This beer was a bit of a challenge to get through, dry, and farmhousey.
dnstone (2155) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light pale gold with strong, sudsy white head. Light fruity-sweet aroma. A bit fruity, rhine-like citrus notes and slightly earthy finish.
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle a hazy yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts some fruit spices and hops taste fruit spices and a bitter hoppy finish
Frank (2958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This gushed a bit for me but otherwise seems uninfected though it did perhaps spend a bit too much time on the shelf. You can never tell w/ Belgians sometimes they are just overcarbonated. Sometimes there is something horribly wrong. Itís cloudy orange w/ a messy white head of large bubbles. The nose is nutty malts first and a bit of hops in the background. This is medium bodied and retained itís carbonation despite gushing, which is normally not the case. Taste is rather similar to the nose and is notably lacking in Belgian yeast character, which is not really a problem in and of itself just not what I was expecting. It is a bit fruity but I am barely getting any bananas or cloves. A good firm bitterness rounds out the finish. This is really only decent. It has neither the vibrant hop character of a good IPA nor the spicy yeast or wonderful carbonation of a great Belgian.