sonnycheeba (3592) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy, tawny brown with thick, frothy off-white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is toast and cereal malt, figs, floral hops, woody notes, earthy hops, and caramel. Flavor is sweet malts, earthy hops, dark fruit esters, oak, and and leather. Medium body and carbonation.
DialSquare (2757) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Upper Arlington. Orange pour with big sturdy white foam head and visible carbonation. Aroma of yeast, spice, citrus peel. Tastes are orange, oak, light candy sugar, pepper, caramel, slight tart. Fairly warm given the abv - but doesn’t detract. Enjoyed this.
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-18-14-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer is served deep amber color with a one finger of white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a candied sugar smell mixed with some other aromas of a bready smell. Mixed with these are some more yeasty aromas as well as some aromas of lighter fruits with apricot, pear, and peach all there. Overall it has a rather sweet but pleasant Belgian pale ale aroma.
Taste – The taste begins sweet with tons of Belgian candied sugar tastes and lots of lighter fruit flavors of peach, pear, and apricot. A bit of a bready taste is present from the start as well, with it losing ground as the taste advances on. The fruit and the sweet remain relatively constant throughout however, with the loss of breadiness leaving the beer a bit more on the sweet side in the end. Along with the loss of the bread, comes some lighter hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature as well as some hints of spice, which when combined with the other flavors end up leaving a rather sweet and fruity Belgian pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 6.6% adv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweet flavors of the brew the thick body and lower carbonation really accentuated these flavors and made it a little cloying at times, but overall it was still alright as it never become too obnoxious.
Overall – A rather tasty and sweeter Belgian Pale ale. Quite nice overall and one I would certainly do again.
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
never forget rule #1
first beer after gabf 2014, landed 45 minutes ago.
tawny amber gold. solid foam.
always a classic. straight across the board.
light funk, flipped over. i hate having a temper.
fantastic brew. give me that fuckin screwdriver!!
it ain’t gonna smoke itself..
Beerathon (1218) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow pour with white head. Smells like a farmhouse IPA, due the Belgian yeast and hop presence. Didn’t get much bourbon in it, but it’s still pretty tasty.
chinchill (1957) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
large shared bottle.
Hazy reddish-amber with a good head.
Smells like a sour. The taste follow to some extent. Odd, barrel-aged wild ale. Neither especially challenging nor appealing.
jstraw (1929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-amber with good, creamy, beige head, fine, good lacing / Musty, earthy light nose of orchard fruit, caramel, cardboard, oak / Light to medium body, acidic, lively carbonation, some tartness, excellent balance and lightly bitter finish / Mild flavors of apple, date, caramel, oak, straw, and just a hint of bourbon (which I doubt I would have picked up but for the label) / Maybe a hint weak, but in the end a stylish, restrained, and easy drinking Belgian with good interest.
abcfan (726) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one is kind of all over the place. Aroma is pale ale, body is Belgian, and finish is smooth / bourbon aged. Nothing overly great, but nothing bad either.
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy amber, nose is toffee, caramel, taste is sweet malty toffee, slightly oxidised.
Benzai (8535) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Yespr, Fonefan, Ferris and ChrisO @ Cask Pub & Kitchen. Clear dark orange to reddish color, medium sized white head that lasts for a decent while and leaves fair lacing. Aroma is lightly malts, lightly sweet, some hops, lightly oxidised. Hard to find traces of bourbon in there. Taste malts, lightly hops, clearly bourbon in the flavor, lightly sweet, a touch of herbs and spices. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad.
Ferris (4493) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Sweet aromatic hops and candy sugars with some barrel notes. Hazy copper with a rich white head. Light fruity esters, candy sugars, raisin and a light hop bitterness. Light bourbon notes, light body and pretty easy drinking.