Rvrndmaynard (47) - Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Mile Square in Hoboken. Light yellow color hides the fact that this beer is very flavorful. Very sweet, similar to Leffe. Definitely sessionable.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear gold with some head. Nose is nice and sweet. Flavor is equally as good being consistently sweet and never dropping off to anything sour, metallic, or negative at all. Feel is nice and smooth on the liquid with a bit of a thicker touch. Right level of bubble. Extremely drinkable. I kind of feel like this beer could be a gateway beer for people who are wary of Belgian brews. It is also my first trip into the world of Captain Lawrence, and I want more. Beautiful.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours from the growler’d bottle with a frothy, initially one-finger thick, pale, almost perfectly white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, full gold color, that shows bright, yellow-gold highlights when held up to the light. Initially this smells of herbal, slightly lemon-like hops, but a deeper inspection reveals aromas of honey-like malt, grassy grain notes, soda-cracker aromatics and some light fermentation character. The fermentation character produces some fruit notes reminiscent of apples a distinct, yet subtle, note of metallic white-wine grape varietal and a sweet citrus aromatic. It also has a hint of phenolics, as well as a touch of ginger / peppery spice aromatics and a yeast-signature of earthy-spice note. Really the hops are the most noticeable note, but they in no way dominate the aromatic profile of this brew.
Fairly dry up front, but it does pick up some sweet malt notes reminiscent to honey and grain. Grassy, herbal hop notes are noticeable from the first and slowly morph into a biting, solid, mouth coating bitterness that lingers on in the finish. I should say that the bitterness is not any where near overwhelming, just the signature of an American brewer trying to put a personal signature into his interpretation of the style* (*whatever that means). The hop character towards the finish intermingles with spicy fermentation notes of pepper (also contributed by the carbonation, which has held up well), ginger and clove like turpenes. Light bodied enough to be quite drinkable, but it does have a soft body to it that is easily offset by the medium-light, yet persistent carbonation. As my palate gets used to the hop character a slightly tart fruit character becomes noticeable in the flavor; again notes of metallic white grapes (sauvignon Blanc, though more Chardonnay), a hint of pear and a touch of melon are noticeable especially towards the middle where the slight malt sweetness picks up a bit. The dry, grassy grain and soda cracker malt notes from the aroma are much subdued in the flavor, instead it has more of a sweet bready flavor. As the beer warms up a bit it picks up a touch more green/earthy spice character (if that makes any sense) and the complex fruitiness picks up a bit as well.
In a very rare occurrence for a bottle of this size, I am left wondering why I don’t have more of this beer to continue drinking. This is a very solid brew, sort of a cross between a Pale Ale and a Belgian Blond; I like the fresh hop character here and the light, spicy / fruity yeast contribution works quite well. I really do like the more recent twist of including a significant hop presence in these characterful yeast driven styles (by both Belgian & American Brewers). I might have wished for a more rustic yeast and / or fermentation temperature regime, but that would most likely be pushing this beer out of reach of the average consumer & more than likely outside what the brewer was trying to accomplish. This beer is tasty enough that I wouldn’t mind having this on tap as an every day beer, which is a soft way of saying this is quite tasty. If this beer had been less than 5% abv and still maintained the general flavor profile and balance, It would be perfection in a glass; it is a touch too strong to be that, but it still this is one damn good, more than the sum of its parts, just plain enjoyable brew.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Mrbendo kicks ass!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewery. Pours golden with a white head. Smells of citrus/coriander with some bananas in the background. Finishes lemony and crisp.
Stine (1713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler; a week old. Pours fairly clear with a white gold hue; frothy milk and lots of sticky lacing follow it down. Aroma is distinctive and fragrant, first of many spices, minerals and flowers; iron water, cloves, dandelions, mint leaves, ginger. In the middle an airy farmhouse stink of wet hay and animal troughs wafts in an out. Tart half-fermented apple juice, honey, and butter croissant toward the back; brilliant balanced, with confident but subtle character. Taste is a delicate harmony of hops, herbs, and soft funk; baked pineapple and pear dusted lightly with cinnamon, clove, and ground flower petals, juiced with a lemon. Palate is soft and sprightly, graceful in the mouth but full of character and zest. Finishes with an acidic burst of peach juice which cleanses the back of the throat for a full pulse of doughy, sweet malt redolent of pancake batter and warm cinnamon roll. Incredible; tantalizingly nuanced and a joy to drink. Thanks Jason!
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Fette Sau. Shared a gallon with friends. (Yeah, at Fette Sau you can buy beer by the gallon on site.) Pours a faintly cloudy, glowing gold with a thick, soft white head. Wonderful Belgian aroma with notes of sweet fruits, white grapes perhaps, and candy sugar. Flavor is quite sweet with light cereal maltiness and subtle fruit notes. There is a decent hoppy kick as well, which helps to balance things out. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth texture. Finishes sweet with lingering Belgian flavors. Really good.
dagimp (859) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Update: I really like this beer! Easy to drink with a TON of flavor. My favorite Belgian pale along with Rayon Vert (very different).
From a growler from the brewery. Pours a light golden yellow color with about an inch and a half of head. Nice aroma of banana clove, yeast and Belgianeyness. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy... pretty much like a Grand Cru. Heavier than the light beer that this is advertized as. Taste is of syrup, Belgian, cloves, banana, bread and warmth, but not alcohol. Overall, a really good beer. Not a beer that I could down a glass of easily, but a great beer to have in the summer, or the depths of winter. Good stuff!
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Flaco242. Excellent Belgian aroma. Hazy light gold body. Thin white head. Belgian flavor complexity is so rich that in a blind tasting it would be tough to tell that it’s not actually from Belgium.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the growler, one day old. Pours a hazy golden color, with a thin long-lasting white head. Aroma of wet hay, coriander, light hops. Similar to a white ale but fuller body. RIch and malty at first, giving way quickly to a sweet, almost honey flavor, peppery at times. Consistently great, always beckoning another taste. Absolutely delicious. Please distribute this to Massachusetts.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this for the first time at the actual brewery. Considering the size of the operations this beer was impressive. I’ve tasted other small brewery beers and have been disappointed, but this was surprisingly good. Beautiful golden color. The taste was not very sweet and definitely had the faint smell and taste of hops. I liked this beer enough to get a growler of it everytime we visit the brewery.