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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1650) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a clear gold with a large white head. Banana and musk on the nose, yeast and toast. Sweet with a hint of nuttiness. Soft wheat, toast, warm alcohol. Chewy wheat, malt. Warm and big, but still fairly easy drinking. Soft musk and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and light citrus aroma with light summer fruit. Malt and spice flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Spice and light yeast lingers with light malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Ok, my pallet is a bit messed up since starting with the hoppy beers so can't vouch 100% accuracy here. This is a big sweet estery Belgian with a nice peppery bite at the end. This is a 10% ABV so be careful with this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
Pours clear gold with nearly no head that dissipates fast. Smell is sweet molasses and nutty. Palate is medium bodied with good carbonation. Taste is not so great, watery and roasted at first, then a sweet kick and a less sweet aftertaste. Weird, and not to style at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Thus far I have been impressed with Cambridge beers. This one, from Frank Smith’s, Pours dark straw with clingy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, old aley yeasty esters, hopcitrus, some spice. Tastes dry, floral, with notes of hopcitrus, some funky esters, and finishing dry florals and white peppery spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3682) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle from Russell’s Liquors. Pours golden with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Nose has some apple notes. A bit yeasty on the tongue. Finishes clean. A bit dull for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2590) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle. A hazy golden color with a white head. A floral and hoppy aroma with some orange and general fruitiness. A nice tripel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4419) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Aroma is mildly spicy yeast, citrus and fruit. The flavor is citrus, fruit, spices, malts and a tangy/mildly hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1240) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
A very good tripel. Kind of like a cross between Lost Coast's Tangerine Wheat and Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice. Pours a nice orange with a light white head. Smells of tangerine, pineapple and coriander. Taste is great, lots of tangerine, but vanilla and cream as well. A little boozy finish. Quite a nice beer for summer. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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