leaparsons (7507) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with large white foam. Very lively out of the bottle. Aromas are floral, hoppy and woody with lots of yeast. Some pine. Flavours are bitter grapefruit and pine with herbal notes. Quite woody and yeasty. Spicy on the finish. Good.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 My Bottom Line:
An evocative osmosis of citrusy, herbal hoppiness and spicy yeast garnishes the slender cereal sweetness of this fantastically drinkable and personable hopped-up Belgian Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the cloudy beige golden.
-The finishing is long but not bracing, recalling most of the hop flavors and focusing a tad more on their coniferous resinous aspect.
-The mouthfeel is pillowy, made of ample carbonation and a healthy body.
-The yeast pour adds doughy aromas and flavors which somewhat muddle the first half of the flavor profile, but it cannot overcome the marvelous hop finish.
-This is in the same recipe and quality family as Taras Boulba, Zinne Bir, Rulles Estivale, etc. Me likey a lot!
Bottles; best before April 2010.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line. This one gushed greatly, and presented a hazy gold pour with massive amount of white head that retained itself well. The nose was hoppy, floral, with candi sugary malt in the nose. Flavor was malty, floral, hoppy, spicy, yeasty. A definite belgian style IPA with more of the emphasis on the rock sugar, dry florals, and funky notes and not as much emphasis on the pure hop bomb levels. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half of a 33cl bottle, the other half foamed down the drain. Big gushing upon opening that eventually settled down into a hazy golden bronze with lots of yeast clumps resting on the bottom of the glass and a pillowy off-white head atop. Aroma of lightly sweet biscuity malts and Belgian yeast with a grassy resiny hop character. Body starts with good fullness, semi-sweet with a touch of caramel, some lemony citrusy hops and a good bittering balance. Finishes fairly smooth and bittersweet. A nice Belgian IPA, just wish it wouldn’t have been such a foamer.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 ounce bottle from Wine & Beer Westpark in Richmond, VA. The bottle has 2007 printed on it but also says restyled so I’m rating it here. Pours a hazy peach color with tiny floating particles. Large frothy head with good head retention and lacing. Bready, caramel aroma with strong citrus hops as well as peach and other fruity notes. Taste is bitter citrus hops, some bread. Medium bodied.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Tom’s awesome Twickenham Brewery tasting.
Cloudy yellow gold with a huge, foamy off white head. Very floral and grassy with some expected tropical fruit from the Amarillo. Tarty, bitter and very drinkable. Lovely fruity notes and an excellent bitter finish that has considerable length. Very good stuff.
Rune (6961) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, as IPA Extra, at Bier Central. Light golden body, unclear. White rocky head, almost gushing. Floral-fruity nose. Fresh fruity flavour with emphasis on oranges, yeasty notes beneath. Dry hoppy finish. Very nice with smooth drinkability (Antwerpen, 29.04.2011).
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks to Alan for the recommendation! Poured slightly hazy medium golden with a creamy initial cap of white head that settled to a fine film after a minute or so. The aroma picked up sweet oranges and mangoes upfront in the form of meat and zesty hoppage.. time brought out floral notes and grapefruit.. lovely citrus bouquet that was quite fitting since I rolled into Orlando today. The flavor had more of the citrus (pineapple and orange primarily) in the sweet and bitter departments.. the edges had some bite from alcohol-laced pine and orange zest.. finished spicy, warm, and memorable. Medium-bodied and drier on the palate with plenty of bitterness.. tad sharp on the back-end, but very, very good overall.
Fin (6674) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ZBF 2008 on the Saturday Poured a hazy lemon colour with white head, and started off with a good rush of hops and bitterness. The bitterness sort of hung around like an uninvited mother-in-law, which is a strange thing for me to say because if Loz and I were married my mother-in-law would always be most welcome, it’s just typical of my notes sometimes and bizarely I meant for the bitterness thing in a positive way, I like that about it. There was a very good tang to this beer, another flurry of sweetness, finishing with some soft slightly restrained hops, very nice.
DruncanVeasey (6642) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2010 #2500. Witbier peachiness dwarfed by ludicrous clouds of foam. Where the fuck’s my beer gone? Lush lush sweet aroma stirring together vanilla ice cream, pine shavings, the pig pen, white wine, bulbous lemon and lime winegum hoppage, Rowntree’s pineapple jelly. Mouth sings with ripe lime and grape hits, houmous on white toast for structure, the custard of oak, tropical sweet citrus, fresh pineapple, Belgian silk and sorcery. Win,win, win. Musical fusion of ingredients/seriously delicious beer.