DrnkMcDermott (2812) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl Belgian bottle, $2.50 @ Binny’s Bolingbrook. A little cap of foam pops up after the cap comes off. Poured straight down, I have a lot of foam, while a pale ale forms below with many chunks of chaff, yeast sediment, whatever. Smell does want to be a pale ale: I gets the sweet malts, but not much in hops. I will say, though, I like the taste. It has some strong malt, maybe a touch too sweet. Those strong American hops they’re claiming are just not there. Maybe this is an older bottle, and what do I expect for shopping off the closeout rack? Slight sour finish, but it does end up as a decent Belgian ale, with bitter hop notes finally checking in.
TaxiDriver (1472) - Stadland, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A balanced smell of sour and malty, light sweet and some bread. The head is very large, white and creamy with a long duration. The body is dark yellow. The taste is very sour, only a light taste of malt and hops. The body is creamy, medium strong and with a normal carbonation.
Frank (2933) - 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. It’s 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 it’s 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.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: fruity, spice, yeasty, berry. Appearence: huge foamy white head, unflitered, translucent, golden, no carbonation. Flavor: Mundane, fruity, minimal hops, not an IPA, yeasty, citrus nosey finish. Palate: slightly watery, not biting, sliky, soft belgian, trappist like. Overall: Comes off as a soft, delicate trappist. No hops - actually would make a nice trappist but not an IPA.
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. It’s 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.
trufflepig (12) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle was way over carb’d and 1/2 of it shot out of the bottle upon opening like champagne. Taste was mildly malty, semi sweet with hardly any hop aroma or bitterness. The over-carbonation made it difficult to taste it. Very foamy. Disappointing and no where close to an IPA nor hopped as advertised. Lack-luster and would not purchase it again.