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: There’s 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 isn’t 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 doesn’t feel that lively on the palate. Or maybe it’s not much of a letdown - there’s no annoying astringency some in the style feature, either. It slides down the tongue without any friction: in layman’s terms, it’s every bit as dangerously drinkable as the best in the style.
O: I’m 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 it’s 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. It’s not quite Duvel, but I reckon it’s as good as a canned BSPA can get.
BlowOffTube (472) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice. Yellow orange pour thin white head. Clove Belgian yeast aroma. Some lemon spice clove little sweetness and maybe a little banana. Smooth body moderate carbonation. Can.
jbruner (2315) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to trade with mikericm! Pours a clear gold with fluffy white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma is Belgian yeast and light spicy esters up front with a hint of pale malt on the back end. Taste is pretty much all the esters and yeast, spicy clove, banana, pepper, hint of grass. Nice and easy for the abv, good stuff.
mcox90 (1545) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. can given to me while on vacation. Poured into a solo cup. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a one finger white cap. Aroma is citrus based, mostly orange, with a hint of Belgian yeast. Semi sweet flavor with light candied sugar, more orange and a hint of spice. Medium bodied. Well carbonated.
kramer (4937) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a clear pale straw yellow body under a one finger thin frothy white head that left minimal lacing. The nose is quite similar to Duvel, on the sweeter side, heavy bready malt, some Belgian yeast fruitiness, minimal alcohol, and a touch of floral hoppiness. The flavor is pretty similar as well, sweet and fruity with a fairly noticeable alcohol kick towards the back end. Rather full bodied and heavy with soft fizzy carbonation and a slight stickiness on the back end, tempered by the alcoholic warmth. Pretty decent attempt at a clone, about as good as any American effort that I’ve had.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ozzy, from a can! Yeasty nose, nanners. Sherpa white head, lasting. Yeasty, metallic, bready and grainy, fruity, nanners, grain, fairly sweet. Meh. Kinda like Prince Albert eh? Can from statelineliquors. Need/want a can? BM me!
nearbeer (3708) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap at Forno in Baltimore. Mostly clear orange amber with a lasting film of cream. Aroma is funky white grape and a touch of spicy honey. Tastes of earthy grape must, a touch of honey and citrus zest. Light-medium body has medium carbonation and finishes dry.
AndyW68 (1067) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange with white head. Aromw is funky sweet and yeasty. Taste is belgian. Yeast and spice. Enjoyable
EithCubes (4883) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned as ’Ozzy’, guess I have to get rid of it now that the name change is official, no? Nose is light and lightly sweet pale malt and citrus; sticking the nose in deeper, some mineral character with light vanilla and really nice sweet candy; some wheat. Pours cloudy yellow-golden with a rocky bright white head that laces and even legs a bit. Taste is strong malt up the middle with significant thick wheat and a little graininess; too much booze showing and it’s the hot kind, but otherwise "rich and dry" is a good descriptor. Dusty with a very good yeast contribution; there’s hay with straw and a few cobwebs, but the citrus and malt are the real winners. Fullish body, sort of a witbier on steroids as much as a good Duvel approximant.
Bricks (594) - Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of skunk and hay. Appearance is thin golden yellow with fizzy white head. Tastes like skunk, hay, and hops.
RavensFan11 (3) - Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this for the first time yesterday out of a can....yes - a can! I guess I still think of PBR when I think of cans, but this was very good. Tastes nothing like anything else I can think of - sort of a mix between an IPA and a lager. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.