gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Best belgian strong i have had in a can. A little dark and caramelly with a good bit of alcohol and hop bite to balance. I like this can.
DandyWolfFloyd (554) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - white flesh fruit really only thing picked up and some yeast consistent with Brettanomyces
Appearance - body color is golden in color, the liquid hazy opaque, the head was minimal and ringed out very quickly
Taste - the taste is very pleasant, with white fleshed fruit esters (pear/apple) - complex, not much else to detect other than some Brettanomyces because the lactic acid sort of coats the tongue.
Palate - body is light, the texture thin, the carbonation lively on the tongue, the finish sort of coats the tongue in a lactic acid, Iím not in love with that.
Enjoyable, but probably will be forgotten for me. Similar to Duvel, but in my opinion inferior. Iíd think a Beer named after musicís prince of darkness would of been a Barleywine or an IPA.
radagast83 (3999) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source. Poured a pretty clear straw yellow color with a lot of carbonation and a fizzy, white head. Aroma was lemon citrus, crisp malts. Flavor was lemon citrus, malt, and fruity and some light spicy notes from the yeast. Pretty enjoyable. The GF liked this one a lot.
Beerathon (884) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color- golden/yellow with fluffy white head. Banana in nose, Belgian yeast evident. Tingly mouth feel with nice spice notes. Definitely comes off as a Belgian ale.
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured a hazy pale gold with a medium-sized white head. Aroma and flavor were yeasty, light fruit (apple, in particular), a faint tartness, low sweetness, some hoppy and yeasty spiciness. Slightly thick mouthfeel, perhaps a bit undercarbonated. Quite nice.
dlovell2 (533) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden color with white head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Sweet malty flavor followed by spicy yeast flavor. Citrus finish. Very bubbly.
burg326 (3085) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a light amber gold color with aromas of earthy hops, light fruit, apples, light spice and some banana. Flavors are the same a decent Belgium strong overall.
Maxbier (58) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: sour lemons and floral hops.
Appearance: light honey color with white head
fine campaign-like carbonation, flavor is sour upfront, then hop flavors with a mild bitterness. Finish is a faint lingering sourness and bitterness. I am not usually a fan of this style, but this one is well excited and I enjoyed it. It came in a can, I poured it into a Belgian-style goblet. I think I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much or at all strait from the can.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(tap - Founding Farmers) pale gold with white head. Yeast and herbal aroma. Flavor is light malt, yeast, some sweetness, herbal hops.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazy golden color. The head is a rocky three finger white shade. It really has the texture I look for in the style, but perhaps not the retention. A decent amount of splotchy lacing is left on the glass.
S: Thereís a definite apple presence here, to the point where it seems like a dry cider at times. Other noteable aspects include bubblegum, phenols, earthy hops, and some subtle spicing. Decently complex, a lot more than I expected from a canned BSPA.
T: It opens with both a pleasant touch of phenol and distinct breadiness. Touches of spice and fruit esters appear mainly near the cidery, apple-laden finish, though it should be said there isnít a significant presence of Belgian yeast here. A faint hoppy bite sometimes appears. Perhaps a little sweet, as well, but certainly refreshing.
M: This is where the lack of bottle conditioning lets it down. The back end is a bit syrupy, and it doesnít feel that lively on the palate. Or maybe itís not much of a letdown - thereís no annoying astringency some in the style feature, either. It slides down the tongue without any friction: in laymanís terms, itís every bit as dangerously drinkable as the best in the style.
O: Iím always skeptical of any Belgian-style ale in a can - they always seem syrupy and strange. This, however, really does a deft job of skating around the fact that itís not bottle conditioned by successfully pulling off a sweeter, more cidery bend. Even better, it keeps the epic drinkability I look for from the style. Itís not quite Duvel, but I reckon itís as good as a canned BSPA can get.