Niko100 (2239) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber/orange color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of yeast, fruit, floral, some clove, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, chewy caramel, molasses, fruit, and spice; Some alcohol at the finish; Slightly cloying - but pretty decent.
drsordr (1545) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample pour hazy avg gold. Nose Belgian candy, spice, Belgian yeast, slight bubble gum. Taste similar to nose with more gum. Very sweet character. Late palate some clove and nutmeg. Light spicy bitter finish. Thick mouth feel
Mep3222 (869) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Banana nutty aroma with some candied sugar. Taste is malty and slightly sweet with some noticeable hops. Almost has a slight barley wine aspect to this strong Belgian golden. Full flavored and strong. Well done beer by avery, but a bit sweeter than I tend to like.
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drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is east mall to hop and a little spice. Appearance has a small but long-lasting off-white head, some lacing and a slightly hazy orange amber color. Flavor is like aroma plus has some malt and fruit sweetness with plenty of hop bitterness but there are some medicinal qualities to the aftertaste. Body is good with just a touch softness. Overall it's pretty good beer except for that medicinal thing.
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ineedbeer (1221) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle likely from 2010.
Aroma has a light graininess with moderate Belgian phenolics, mostly white pepper and coriander. Some overripe stone fruit and apple with moderate honey and a touch of cardboard. Light hints of alcohol and grassy hops.
Pours a rather cloudy, murky brownish orange with a moderately sized, fairly thick white head with good retention. Light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness with a faint grain character. Light phenolic notes of pepper and grains of paradise with medium light overripe stone fruit, mostly peach with some pear and apple notes. Light grassy hop notes with light alcohol spice. Moderate honey character and the finish has bits of cardboard and wet paper. Medium light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer that has done well with the age. The phenolics and fruitiness are still present but the hops have turned weird and the oxidation is starting to take over.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"very spicy aroma and flavor...i can taste many of the aspects of the Avery/Russian River collaberation in here, but each part is not quite as good as the sum...it’s like the two Salvation Ales completed each other to make "Collaberation Not Litigation. This one has a nice, clean fruity and spicy yeast profile though, and is quite tasty with a decent dose of hops as well. Pours a dark golden, one finger head that sticks around. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Very dry finish. "
solidfunk (5291) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a very unique smokey aroma. Pours golden with good pillowy head and lacing. Floral yeast and a touch of booze. touch of wood in here. Tap at monks cafe.
BarleyandVine (55) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is rich with fruity esters, hops and toasty malt. The flavor has an intriguing spiciness I really like! The flavor favors the hops a bit more than the maltiness. A great brew while reading "Tasting Beer" by Randy Mosher...chapter 7.
stevoj (2879) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice yeasty floral aroma, rich golden color with small soapy head. Taste come sin with malt, yeast, and a touch of vinegar acidity. Some wine like aroma and taste to this.
Darkmagus82 (2006) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-4-13-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a golden orange color with a one finger cloudy white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave some islands of foam and some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of lighter fruit aromas or citrus, pear and apple with other more standard Belgian aromas of yeast and some spice. The clove and coriander aromas are the heaviest of the spice aromas with them combining with a light alcohol smell to produce a sweet and warming aroma.
Taste – The taste was much breadier then would have been anticipated. It starts out with a bready and malty flavor with a bit of doughiness and fruitiness of citrus. The fruit flavors grow slightly stronger more toward the middle with a light apricot and peach joining the citrus. Around this time so too comes a yeasty flavor, some candied sugar sweetness and hints of spice. The spices of coriander, pepper, and clove grow stronger to the end and are all the while joined by a lighter alcohol booziness which in the end combined with the rest to leave a somewhat drier and malty Belgian flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a decent amount of tiny carbonation bubbles that tingle the tongue. Both the thinner body and prickly carbonation are quite nice for the fruity flavors of the brew and make for a somewhat refreshing brew and when mixed with the alcohol flavor creates a nice sipping brew.
Overall – A pretty decent Belgian golden strong with a good deal of breadiness, not too much sweetness and a fairly nice creamy feel. One that is certainly worth a try.