mathieuc (695) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 237 out of 400. Lots of trub in the bottle... Opens up to a slow and continuous gusher... Pours a heavily cloudy yellow with a nice creamy white head with good retention and fair lacing. Nose is loaded with honey and phenols. Taste is sweet but not cloying with spicy flavors mixed with some nice honey characteristics. Fruity, overripe yellow plums or something like that. Body is medium+ and carbonation somehow under control despite the never ending gusher. Not bad but not something worth seeking out again.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ BRU. Bright golden orange pour with a white pour. Sweet caramel, sugar, and dates. Golden raisin, apricot, white pepper, and lots of banana. Diabeetus. Flavor is really sweet. Golden raisin, sugar, caramel, and dates. White pepper, some yeast, and apricot.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ BRU. Pours a yellow orange appearance with a white head. Fairly spicy dry, tangerine, mango fruity, vanilla aroma. Pretty juicy, apricot, light banana, lemon, fairly dry, light champagne flavor. Favorite here so far.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pour is hazy honeycomb with a big white head and great lacing. Fruity esters, doughy, biscuity, lightly spicy, white pepper, white grapes, a touch of pear, green apples and yeast in the aroma. Taste is musty, doughy, lightly citric, white pepper, clove, banana, orange peel, biscuity, and waxy with a lightly spicy finish. Melding body with soft carbonation. Damn tasty Belgian ... I need to pick some bottles up of this stuff.
Brouwerij (721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 223. Pours a highly turbid, orange yellow with four fingers of fine white head. Bottle is a gusher. Great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is fruity, sweet, honey, floral. Flavor is fruity, peaches, candy, honey, with a caramel, malty, mildly boozy finish. Alcohol masking is impressive, though not quite as good as i remember. Very fruity and semi-sweet throughout. Soft carbonation, medium body, and very smooth texture. An excellent local brew.
flylikeabanana (173) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2013 Bottle pours an opaque peach-gold with a thick white head. Good retention, nice lacing. Sweet, floral aroma with notes of honey and citrus. Taste is complex and well-developed. Sugar up front, a bit of orange, black pepper, and a thick malty finish with all the characteristic sweetness of Belgian yeast. Very smooth. Delicious take on a Belgian golden ale.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-conditioned 22oz. soft hazed gold with a fine-bubbled lasting head. a first dose of citrus oil, dish soap and perfume is followed by some mildly crystalline sugar aromas and a developing lime / salt / white pepper phenolic quality. effervescent and lively carbonation; peppery and sweet; a lot of banana and gum; strongly bitter but works in good balance with the sweetness and acidity. quite nice, a surprising beer showing promise for this brewer.
Ratman197 (8491) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber slow never ending gusher poured a cloudy gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, citrus, vanilla and pepper. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, citrus, vanilla and pepper with a smooith dry lingering peppery finish.
TAR (2387) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Burnished yellow. Towering white head deposits ornate lacework after each sip. Attractive mixture of airy and peppery phenols entices the olfactory. Underlying cotton candy, vanilla cake, custard, flowers, and honey-soaked melon. Suggestive whiff of lemon balm and banana bread. Fluffy carbonation with an crunchy edge. Opens with a well-polished yet equally decadent and palate-lapping honey-steeped richness. Notes of custard and vanilla cake unload considerable depth-lending weight on the tongue, yet do so with striking elegance. Spicy phenolics latch onto the luscious malt and offset the candylike sweetness. Ensuing burst of pineapple, nectarine, and lemon delicately splashes the tongue with a sparkling acidity which displaces some of the sugars without compromising any of the lustrous malt depth. Succulently textured, throughout. Sweep of alcohol cleanses the palate and warms the gullet, but is very clean and nicely spicy. Body is absolutely dripping with honeydew nectar which oozes forth and thoroughly saturates the core yet leaves the flowery hop vibrancy unobscured. Extravagantly multilayered. Styrianesque hop flavors generate more elegance as they burst with a juicy lilac softness and a vague spiciness which echoes the expressive phenols. Finishes exquisitely well-rounded with a lightly caramelized honey grip contrasting with bouncy vanilla-cake malt and a drying peppery phenol flourish. It is truly hard to believe this comes from America, let alone Colorado, the land of beer mediocrity. A quite characterful rendition rather than the usual sugar, yeast, and banana bomb we are so accustomed to. This proves to be a textbook example of adjunct brewing…aside from the thankfully cleanly attenuated honey, not a single additive was detected by my palate, which is to be commended. But you can bet had they been omitted, the difference would be apparent. And that is how to brew with the finessed touch of an artist.
Ernest (5904) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is muddy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, alcohol, light notes of gum, dried pineapple, cotton candy, melon rind, honey.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A very cool beer, but sadly the gushing action upon opening turns it into a cloudy, yeasty mess. It’s almost impossible to get a clean pour to evaluate properly. But it’s clear there’s a lot of potential with this recipe...it’s remarkably Belgian, and thankfully the added spices (which this brewer seems fixated upon...all three of the beers I’ve seen have them) work in harmony with the malt, hops, and yeast characters, rather than clobber them. Well-hidden alcohol and well-balanced for such a strong beer. I also like that they don’t claim this to be a Tripel, when most American brewers would...yet it’s dry enough in the finish and yeasty enough that I wouldn’t balk at such a title, even with the spices. Quite impressive, and from a Colorado brewery even! Will wonders never cease...