blipp (6959) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep red brown with a seriously lasting creamy tan head. The aroma is mostly sweet, with candy sugar and some solid Belgian yeasty spiciness. The flavor is refined and balanced, with banana, dark fruits, and even some citrus, clove like spices, honey and candy sugar. Initially it seems over carbonated, but after sitting in the glass for a few minutes is becomes very smooth and pleasing. A very good beer, no doubt. A little bit like an abbey dubbel, a little bit like a weizenbock, and 100% tasty.
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some light dry fruits. Taste is also a very well balance mix between some candi sugar, some dry fruits such as figs some Belgian malt and light fruity ester. Honey and citrus notes are not as dominating as expected after the reading the beer description. Body is quite full with some creamy notes and good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and way superior to Local 1.
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very pleasant surprise. Truth in advertising, the nose presents a big citrus and honey presence. The citrus is slightly lemon rind though. Much the same is in the flavor but with the addition of a light cocoa powder over a mildly sweet banana plus other tropical fruit. Lightly phenolic. Highly carbonated gives it the perfect palate - very few American versions of Belgians seem to get the carbonation right but this one sure did. The only thing really wrong here was a bit too much alcohol in the finish, very warm but it wasn’t enough to be called a flaw, its just that some of the best beers do it better. Dark brown color, nice thick creamy head. All around alot to recommend here.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ML Bottle-murky brown color w/a moderate tan head & great lacing. Sweet, cane sugar aroma. Very easy drinking brew, flavors of dark fruit, honey/molasses, cloves, roasted malt, some bread dough, a little pepper, & citrus peel. Alcohol very well hidden. long rich finish-even better than the #1, which I found quite enjoyable.
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark hazy brown caramel with a thick creamy light beige head. Peppery aroma with hints of cloves, bananas, dark fruit and yeast. Taste of light cloves and bananas with hints of dark fruit and yeast. Peppery flavor throughout.
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Looks like the one on the left. Dark colored pour with a tan head on it. Smell is sweet and full of dark fruits and yeast. Reminiscent of any Belgian beer I have had. Some citrus flavors in the nose provide an awkward smell. Taste is lively, surprisingly lighter body than initially thought. Smooth, easy to drink, and pretty good. Spicy in the finish as well. Not sure if this is better than local 1, but its certainly a good beer.
3fourths (8600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 750ml bottle. Bottle conditioned, careful pour yields a faint haze in a dark brown body. Nose is dark candy sugar, clove, peppery, wheat, etc - some weizenbock characteristics present, even a small dose of banana. Smooth textured, some caramel and bran focused malts, maple sweetness. Mashed well, full body, little to no roughness, very polished. Good stuff.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Bottle from j12601, thanks man! Poured a deep brown color with a 2 inch, thick off-white head that receded to a thick layer and left some sheets of lacing. Strong wheaty aroma with some soft chocolate, honey, a weird cleaner aroma, and some faint spiciness. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with a moderate wheatiness and some undertones of fruit (citrus peel) and a light spiciness (mostly pepper) that finishes with some faint sweetness. Over-carbonated and a bit spritzy on the palate, which didn’t seem to mend well with the style. Average beer, I will stick to Local 1.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much darker than I expected, a true brown with a large frothy tan head that lasts and leaves lace. Interesting aroma, it’s got sweet, light fruits with a definite belgian yeast and spiciness and just a hint of dark malts. The flavor is also quite light and fruity, with some dark fruity maltiness as well. Mouthfeel quite thin, but suits the style. No hint of he 9% alcohol.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with a fluffy tan head. Strong aroma of citrus peel, malts and yeast. Flavor was roasted malts, light citrus, honey sweetness, peppery spice and a mild hop finish. Medium carbonation and body. A really fine brew that goes down easy and satisfies.