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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. Dont miss it!


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1937) - 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.


1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
geologyguy (690) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Very light smell...milky consistency and flavor...not good...tastes slightly old and milkiness is bad

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Harpoon tulip glass The color is a bright yellow/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and has a great floral aroma that pops with a nice fruity nose. There is hints of apple peel, orange, and pear in the aroma with a touch of a Belgian character. The taste is a bit yeasty with a grainy flavor that pops with some sweet malty flavor. The juicy fruit flavor here is delicious as some apricot, and apple flavor mixes with a tease of white grape. A nice tangy bitterness comes in and melds with the sweetness and is like a double edged sword as the flavor splashes into a poke of bitterness at the end. The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a great drinkable feel that is a little dry but quite pleasing. It goes down easy and has some nice fruity esters that lingers only slightly after each sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6189) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bomber shared by Joy - thanks! Somewhat murky orange pour with a cream-white head. Fruity esters and some yeast. Pretty rich. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2071) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2014
22 oz bomber pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of grass, malts and yeast. Taste is spice, malts and hay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4929) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bomber. A cloudy golden beer. Lots of carbonation moving up the glass. A nice almost white head. Fruity esters, yeast, and pale malts define this one. Alcohol brings warming. Some coriander. Decent stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle: Seems to have a pink peppercorn and spicy like start. Not a mealy American example, which is great, but its not too floral. Its a thick somewhat sweet fruitiness, with some spices and that pink peppercorn. Yeasty and estery start to finish. Its interesting, and a bit different from a lot of others. Warming, but not alcoholic. Peppery finish. Very interesting and unexpected.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubblehouse (380) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2014
Pours a hazy orange with a mild aroma. Pretty good taste but nothing special. Still very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle - hazy amber pour with thin head. nose is phenollic yeast with banana and bubblegum. Sweet body, caramel, touch of grass and cereal grains. Herbal, candy finish with some booze. Tasty, though a bit cloying.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pour is clear golden with no head. Aroma is on the sweet side with notes of molasses, caramel, apples. Flavor is similar but with some funk and hop citrus thrown in.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 9/05/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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