iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, no date. Clear amber golden with a thin 1/2 finger off-white head, fading to a thin ring and film before long. Aroma of some banana Belgian esters and yeast with some caramel, and a hint of flower petals. The flavor is not quite as sweet as the aroma implied, and just a hint of fruity tang is noted. Dry finish with just a little alcohol presence and bitterness peaking around a 2. Light to moderate prickly carbonation with a medium body. Not a Belgian Strong as far as I’m concerned. I’d compare this to New Glarus’ Stone Soup, though I like the NG better.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent dark golden brass color with a wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of slightly biscuity pale malts with a touch of caramel and Belgian yeast. Body was about average, somewhat thin for a Belgian strong, with some mild caramel sweetness and doughy yeasty flavor with a touch of fruity esters. FInishes drier and slightly more bitter. An ok Belgian strong ale, but needs more body and sweetness.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour was light clear golden. Aroma was decorated with floral scents, wheat, orange, and light citrus. Flavor was not nearly as good for it had most of these flavors but was watered down and had a bit of that bud light bite to it. Kind of a deceiving beer. Would not buy again.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle: pours a semi hazey bright golden colour with a very small head. Aroma was pleasent of bananna, cloves, orange peel and some other spice. Taste was lightly carbonated, but fruity on the palate- orange again, yeast, wheat and a little bit of a peppery finish.
Ughsmash (7361) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear, brilliant golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up a delightful blend of bananas and cloves with pale malt sweetness.. orange zest and floral notes tail. The flavor carried basically the same stuff.. pale malts holding up a heavy yeast impression with toasty bananas, cloves, and black pepper.. a little orange rind on the back and through the spicy finish.. a touch too spicy/hot, but it still held as refreshing. Medium-bodied on the palate and sweeter with warmth.. plenty of zesty yeast throughout.. overall a crisp feel. This was tasty.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden, fairly thick looking liquid. Moderate, stable light ecru head. Quite sweet in aromas with Pale and lightly toasted malt, hints of bananas, spicy yeast and mix of floral and herbal hops. My interest is piqued, but there is no big hook, pleasant seems to fit. Light sweet malt start that spills into the middle. Middle to finish has mild spice of cloves and cinnamon, A light nearly pine-like bitterness and dry yeast profile. Hints of alcohol. Light banana pith in the linger. really dries things up. Thick in feel, but enough zip to help lighten things up. A few lager qualities once again... Kirby does like his lagers, and come to think of it so do I. Some light toasty malt return real late in the linger. Strong effort.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on draught at the Wisconsin Micro-brewers Beerfest in Chilton, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden pale brew with a thick and creamy off-white head that has some good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of sweet golden grain malt, a touch of candi sugar, banana and plenty of vanilla. Taste is full bodied, thick and smooth with flavors of golden malt, cloves, cotton candy and banana esters. Finish is thick and almost syrupy with a light banana ester aftertaste that slowly disappears but leaves some alcohol character.
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
This has the appearance of Duvel without the meringue head. Clear, yellow with great carbonation. Fluffy white head that disappears over a few minutes leaving a nice lacing. Good yeasty aromas with the usual spices of Belgian Pales- clove and fruit. Good spiciness on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing for a beer approaching 10% ABV. I can see drinking this one through the summer. Close to being a pilsner with the crispness.