MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33cl bottle) Hazy, golden colour with a huge blonde foamy head. Yeasty and slightly sweet malty aroma with lemon-fruity and herbal, slightly flowery hoppy notes. Moderately bitter flavour, medium bodied, slightly fizzy carbonation. Malty base with fruity and slightly vinous side effects, combined with a present herbal and slightly floral hop character; almost dry malty, subtle fruity and herbal hoppy finish with a rather harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. Lacks balance but is still pretty likeable and hops orientated, at least by Belgian standards (08.III.09).
leaparsons (8669) - 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 (8351) - 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 (8341) - 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.
JorisPPattyn (8246) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, persistent yellowish, fine head; over hazy orange beer, with an olive shine. Mustard seed, greenery, fresh malt, some hops. Extremely good forward C-hoppy taste, backed with just the right amount of cakey malts. Very dry finish, if some fusels. Medium bodied, slick, near chewy. AH! This is one Alvinne’s best tries. Probably the most straightforward Belgian IPA.
Fin (8132) - 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.
rosenbergh (8123) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. From Germany (bierkompass.de). OKT2011. Lot 412.
Rediculous amout of foam coming out of bottle all over the place before I was even trying to pour it. Not very easy to pour or drink since it’s foaming a lot. Lots of yeast sediment as well. Hazy yellow colour with incredibly oversized foamy white head. Fruity hoppy bitterness combined with Belgian yeast and some caramel sweetness in aroma. Flavour is Belgian yeast, bitter hops, sweet caramel, malt and spices. Quite strong. Alcohol warming well present. Interesting mixture of well hopped ale and Belgian Ale. Good but not exactly the cream of the crop.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - APR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2/28/08) Bottle sample at PreZBF@Alvinne in Heule. Hazy orange with a big off-white head. Aroma of spices, citrus hops and a bit of yeast. A bitter flavor with lots of hops, fruits and some spices in the finish. Medium-bodied.
Skinnyviking (7546) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very low and quickly disappearing off-white head. Hazy dense orange body. Lovely and fruity fresh peach apple aroma. Flavor heavily carbonated and alcohol dominated peach oranges. Long aftertaste.
BVery (7472) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
TAP: semi-cloudy blonde pour, belgian nose, fruit. Taste is spice, hop, yeast, cinnamon. Really good beer.