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RATINGS: 101   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 (Draught; multiple occasions) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of coriander, candi sugar, florals, orange, and other herbs. Flavor of sweet citrus, noticeable alcohol, candi sugar, banana, and coriander.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11069) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex sweet citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy citrus sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 Tap at Cooperstown Belgian Ale Fest August 2004. Golden ale with a light coriander aroma . Intense sugar and hops covering the alcohol. Excellent rich bodied ale. 7-4-8-4-16
Golden ale with a thin white head. Light coriander aroma with light butterscotch. In mouth, a light coriander with buttery malt and light peppery notes. Tap at BCTC 2006. 7-3-8-3-14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bomber poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, yeast, pear, light pineapple and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, light pear and light spice with a smooth dry lingering straw finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Mile High Denver. Pours a hazy golden orange appearance with a white head. Somewhat spicy yeasty (but definitely held well within check), light banana, citrusy, wheat aroma. Flavor is quite smooth and true to the style with notes of tangerines, lemon, banana, coriander, and black pepper. Nothing too fantastic but a decent offering for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7861) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 My Bottom Line :
Alcohol, floral honey leading a plump body into cereals and herbal bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam sticks to the peachy golden mist.
-This is not as ester-y as Allagash’s Tripel Reserve, for example.
-Carbonation is lower than the average Tripel’s.
-Quiet finish.
-Alcohol is a bit too present for my tastes.
-The spiciness is not overdone, which I appreciate.

Bottle, and on tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

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