FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at Toronado San Diego; July 2012
Arrives from the tap with a hazy, pale gold color, it is topped by a frothy, thin, pale head; quickly becomes brilliantly clear as it warms up. The aroma has a lot of earthy spiciness to it, but also has a grassy, sort of herbal, mostly yeast driven character to it as well. The pale malt contributes some of the dried straw notes, and also a hint of cracker like malt character. Hint of woody pepper as it warms up, and a touch of non-descript, slightly green, fruit character starts to come out as well; reminds me of a dry, mineral-leaning white wine somehow, though this is quite subtle.
Well carbonated, despite the lack of head, the beer is spritzy and fairly light feeling on the palate. The flavor has a heavy, earthy spice, sort of coriander like, definitely phenolic and a bit turpene like with some tongue numbing in the finish. Supporting fruit notes of melon and pear become more noticeable as the beer warms up.
A bit on the simplistic side, the phenolic and earthy yeast character dominates a bit too much to achieve the perfect balance that a beer like this needs; while the malt should not be overly noticeable, this doesn’t have enough of crisp, chewy, cracker like Pale Malt character to carry all the yeast character. I admit to being a bit biased against beers that focus on this earthy, coriander like spice character (think Chimay). Still I am a sucker for Belgian Singles and this one certainly still hits the spot.
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Toronado San Diego and later at Beachwood BBQ Long Beach. clear gold body with a white head of lasting retention. clean nose presents lightly sweet Belgian pale malt honey / cracker character with a soft touch of estery yeast (light dish soap foam, dried fruit, flower petals). medium-low apparent alcohol provides warmth with the baked cracker and candy sugar sweetness while a mild toasted cereal grain note comes around when warmer, almost suggesting a touch of roast or smoke. medium-low noble hop bitterness and mildly buzzing acid and frothy carbonation deliver a washing of semi-sweet clean grain with a subtle prickliness and pepperiness. quite good.
yespr (29691) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at Bruery Provisions. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small to fully gone white head. Aroma is grassy and light cornish, mild phenolic. Bitter, grassy and straw. Light phenolic dry finish.
GT2 (7900) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toronado SD. Clear golden. Medium white foam. Okay retention. Weak estery nose. Taste is banana, apple, cream of wheat. Palate is silky, refreshing, pear juice. Moderate bitterness with small chocolate character. Lacing is full and sheety. Not bad. Better than expected.
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beersearcher (2297) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright golden orange. Aroma is a bit of fruit intermingled with cereal grain. Light and effervescent on the tongue. Easy on the palate. The malt and grain tastes take over at the end pleasantly.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of yeast, nuts, earth, and grains. Flavor of yeast, citrus, pear, clove, and pepper.
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden color/ white head. Pale malt, spicy hop, light fruit aromas. medium bodied. Nice dusty earthy pale malt, spicy hop flavors, crisp finish
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet caramel fruity and doughy aroma and taste with a dry bitter crispness and light bubble gum notes to the finish.
brokensail (9950) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a bog white head on it.
S: A nice maltiness to it with some bread and cracker notes. A little bit of banana notes, citrus peel, and a fair amount of spiciness. The spice is mostly white pepper but a few others I can’t pinpoint.
T: A nice sweetness to the beer with bready and cracker malts. Light bananas with some citrus peel notes and a light bitterness. Some hints of fruits in there, particularly some pears and apples.
M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.
O: A nice and easy to drink Belgian beer with good flavors. Quite enjoyable.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i had this on tap at beachwood in long beach
poured in a tulip glass, this one fingered golden pour had a nice flavor with a dry feel on the palate that makes it an excellent beer to pair with food