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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Arriving in time to greet the new year is our deceptively efficacious Belgian strong ale. Golden-straw color, effervescent condition, and commingling flavors and aromas of curacao orange, coriander, yeasty fruit esters and phenols, a subtle malt base, and a warming, slightly hoppy finish. Served proudly in its own tulip-shaped glass, this perennial was the first Belgian-style beer produced in American craft-brewing history according to the beer Hunter, Michael Jackson. Don’t miss it!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bomber to taster (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks solid; a slightly cloudy deep orange with off-white lacing. Smells sweet, spicy, and yeasty. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (382) - USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours cloudy amber into a snifter with the scent of sweet malty bananas upfront. The taste is very floral. Very Belguim. Slight hoppy resin in there but the malty sweetness makes this a delicious delight. Balanced to perfection.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a clear golden body with lots of white lacing. Aroma is spice, clove and banana. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet malt, bitter spicy hop, banana, clove, estery & yeasty with a light dustiness in the finish. Okay.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScipioA (361) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Cloudy orange with very little foam, but quite a few bubbles rising up. Aroma really reminds me of a hefeweizen with lots of complex fruity chemicals wafting off the top. Booze is the main component to the flavor, bottle says 10.0% abv, vs. the 9.5% Ratebeer reports. Fairly sweet and refreshing despite this, and a really nice thick but fizzy mouthfeel. No hop profile that I could pick out. 22 oz bottle bought from their brewpub.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bright citrus peel body with a small ivory crown. Light yeast, honey baked biscuit, white pepper, some banana and grapefruit along with some earthiness. Just nothing to write home about.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2013
An orange-amber body with a white head that faded quickly. There was some sediment on the bottom, but not enough to give it a nice cloudy presence at the end of the bottle. Aroma was of bubblegum, banana, yeast and fruity esters. Flavor seemed to have a sweet note to it initially. Mostly from fruit flavors. There was a nice presence from the yeast which added a nice tart flavor. Alcohol was mildly warming in the finish. Kind of smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation seemed restrained.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2097) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Hazy gold pour with a 1 finger, creamy white head that has decent retention. Aroma of citrus doughy yeast, fruity esters, banana, peppery phenols, light floral and spicy hops, more grassy. Flavor is full of doughy yeast, lots of spicy, some hot and peppery phenols, tree fruit esters, grassy hops and some spicy hop flavors and booziness to the finish. Medium body with a syrupy entry, leading to a slightly dry, slightly chalky and boozy burn to the finish. Decent, but phenols are a bit over the top which probably makes the booziness seem as fiery as it is.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11920) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bomber from Whole Foods in Davis, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a slight foamy white head. Aroma of light seeded fruit with some light stone fruit esters. A little candi. Lots of things here, but it suggests a tripel aroma. Med + body. It all coalesces into candi, mild touch of treacle, fruity esters. Malt too. But malt is not the hilite. Just when I think it’s going to finish sweet, the sugar drains away, and it suggests dry. There’s some phenolic aspects, but they are pretty covered by the candi and esters. Very enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle with Ray. Pours a cloudy orange gold with beige head and soapy lace. Nose of orange liqueur, honey, Macintosh apples, sugar.medium body, somewhat sticky mouthfeel, some spice. Crazy hot, burning.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1634) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 5, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours gold with a short lived white head. Aroma has some fruity esters, apple, pear and white grape, Belgian yeast and white pepper (light). Taste is sweet with a touch of spice. Palate is medium bodied with some alcohol warmth. Nice.


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