Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large 750 mL bottle is a green glass bottle and a slight hit on the hops can be detected because of it. Aroma has a hefty earthy nose, slightly cheesy and bready presence from the Belgian yeast, a mild citrusy orange hops nose creeps in late and leans overall a bit on the sweet side. Pours in your glass a very clean, light golden color with a HUGE bubbly, white head that sticks in clumps along the side of your glass and is retained a very, very long time. The brew has a tremendous amount of carbonation that creates an almost violent cascade of bubbles in the center of your glass. The flavor is definitely one of the most complex I have had a chance to taste in a long time. Starts off with modest doughy and ester characteristics imparted by the yeast. This is quickly overtaken by the bitter, slightly spicy hops that, after the initial bitter bite, transitions to a strong lemony citrus character. After the citrus flavor is around for a second it quickly is combined with a dry, bitter, taste bud puckering feeling that carries out to the end of the tasting. Body is very crisp and extremely lively due to the large amount of carbonation. Overall a terrific beer! I absolutely love the head on this beer as it is so large and thick, it looks like the top of a lemon meringue pie. A definite buy.
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle from Le Gobelet, tulip glass. pours a beautiful hazy golden colour with a huge, sticky white head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. aroma is intense. fruity, yeasty, and a punch of citrus hops make up the bouquet. taste starts off with some sweet malts, coriander, notes of bread and cereal, and some citrus. the finish is all hops. bitter, sharp, and citrus. alcohol is well hidden. mouthfeel is excellent. full bodied, lots of carbonation and refreshing. this is a world class beer. glad i picked up a few bottles to see how well they age.
pushkinwow (2570) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml 2010 bottle. Pours a golden yellow, light carbonation, 2 finger white big bubbly head. Aroma of apples, banana, alcohol and yeast - I don’t get a huge hit of hops on the nose though. Very sweet on the initial taste, fades to bitter, lingers and develops on the palate. Creamy and smooth - delicious.
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours clear golden with a 3-finger white head, good retention, very nice lacing. aroma is fruity, apples, pears, sweet malts, champagne yeast, hint of spices, and an intense dry-hop profile, as if i was smelling hop pellets. fortunately, the hop profile is marvelous: dry-hop indeed at the beginning and finishes on some herbal and floral notes. micro-bubbly, champagne-like, so is the taste. balance of sweetness-alcohol and malt-hops is a masterpiece.
SlovakSniper (5091) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2011 Le liquide a une robe dorée et embrouillée. La mousse est rocailleuse et solide. Une superbe dentelle est observée. Au nez, des effluves de fleurs et des vapeurs de houblons fruités rencontrent un malt mielleux et stimulé par un poivre doux. Au goût, les douces saveurs des grains sont subjuguées par des saveurs houblonnées fraîches : fruits tropicaux, herbes amères, fleurs parfumées, pin. Tout comme dans les arômes, l’alcool demeure bien dissimulé. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen avec une effervescence vitaminée et une texture somme toute crémeuse. En finale, les notes douces font place à une amertume modérée et asséchante.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. 2010 Vintage in a tasting glass. Clear golden pour with frothy white head that leaves a good lace. Great interplay of hops, smoke and yeast on the nose with the same sort of effect on the palate. There’s a note of bubblegum throughout as well. Very interesting and great.
*Tasted in a mini-vertical against the ’09 Vintage. After age the ’09 has lost almost all its hop character and gained a LOT of carbonation (assuming both batches were brewed to the same recipe). The ’09 has a big smoky/spicy nose with a chalky hint. There’s a big fruit presence on the palate with a fairly big burn factor in the finish.
Assessment: Definitely better drunk fresh.
Bendrixian (1487) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
just had the 2009 vs 2010 so this is gonna be a comparison.
2010:clean and clear golden in colour; 2009 cloudy golden in colour. both have great foamy head to them. Noses are somewhat similar. expressive belgian esters. the 2010 is freshy, leafy hops focussed but both are more belgian on the nose than an IPA. palate is wow!!!!! beligan ester and well carbonated but there are hoppy bitterness in there. I’m seriously impressed.
seriously worth the bucks!
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, pours hazy golden blond with a big white head. Aroma of barnyard yeast, banana, citrus and complex yeast. Flavour of intensely complex yeasts, banana, citrus, and a variety of dynamic spices - highly carbonated but not muting of the flavours. Most wonderful - a special treat.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle via a trade with savvy1982. Pours with a huge foamy white head over a hazed golden body. Full retention. Aromas are hoppy with candy sugar, honey, grass and a bit musty. Flavors of candi sugar, apricot, marmalade, and sage with a bitter finish. Lively bubbles. Dry yet rich. A very tasty beer.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow golden, topped with a huge, frothy white head.
Peppery, spicy aroma with some floral and grassy notes. Flavor is reminiscent of a farmhouse ale with pepper, wheat, citrus herbal notes and earthy hops at the finish. Medium body with perfect carbonation. Super easy to drink.