Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour with a huge white head on it. Toasty, herbal aroma. The flavor starts a bit toasty and bready, hits some slightly fruity Belgian yeast complexity, plus some grass and hay, and finishes with some floral, piney, slightly citrusy hops. This is the best hoppy Belgian Iíve had thus far. It is very well balanced between the different elements.
TheJester (2168) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Very classy. Hazy orange with a big fluffy white head. Smells like a resiny Belgian ale. Which works. And it works in the flavour as well. Thing is, itís a very nice Belgian ale; not too sweet, with a nice balance of malt and yeast. And the hops are fresh and in perfect proportion to the sweetness of the malt. Kindof a 70-30 thing, in favour of the hops. The hops are mostly pine, with a touch of herbs. Alcohol is well hidden. Decent body - this one could easily have been too thin. Excellent beer.
JulienHuxley (4241) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice appearance gold-copper pour with frothy white head. Aroma is pretty complex; belgian yeast, pineapple, orange peel, flowers and pepper. Nice intense flavors with lots of hops, grapefruits, herbs and a tropical fruits fnish. Mouthfeel is quite full with well balanced carbonation. Great beer.
bedainedebiere (506) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 14,29$ for an amazingly smooth beer reaching 70 IBU. Garden-of-Eden-like aroma, with the flowers God probably prefers. Citrusy Amarillo hops come out just splendidly through the complexity of hop spicyness and the fruity esters developped by the belgian yeast. A lot of similarities with Chouffe Houblon, but quite smoother and and a bit less tongue-tingling. Both are excellent but Lupulus is even better to me.
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 x 750ml bottle 2009 vintage from Monde des BiŤres. Dranked fresh 2 weeks after release
Appearance : Hazy gold with huge rocky head. Fluffy and long lasting.
Aroma : Very yeasty with lots of banana. Fruity with some hops. Hints of passion fruit
Taste : Quite yeasty with strong notes of banana. Some hops also.
Finish : Dry, bitter and yeasty
Overall : Got consistently better as we went thru the bottle. Very intense but mellow at the same time because of the yeasty/banana notes. Really crisp bitterness. Amazing stuff.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to sflpunk for this one. 2007 bottle: pours a hazy gold with a big frothy head. Aroma has yeast, citrus, orange, and coriander- smells like it may have been fuller when fresh. There are also some herbal notes on the nose; maybe a bit of parsley. Upon sipping, the alcohol becomes more pronounced. Flavor starts with teh sweetish citrus, then moves to a spicy and bitter stage. Would be interested to try this fresher and get the full shot of Simcoe. Palate isnít particularly full, but I like the spicy and dry finish. Really solid brew.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of SFLPunk- thanks Jeff. Vintage 2007. Appearance is hazy golden with an excellent white foam that dissipates slowly leaving excellent lacingy Lots of carbonation. Aroma is citrus, coriander, and some yeasty dough. Orange peel abounds with some earthy herbal notes coming through more subtly. Flavor is quite hoppy with alcohol notes present. Pretty bitter, but the citrus sweetness that prevails in the aroma is just as prevalent in the flavor. Some herbal tones and elements from all over my spice cabinet. Palate is medium full for the style, with quite the dry finish. Intriguing- many of the flavor are hard to place but they yield with warming and continued quaffs. Very intriguing.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. bottle, thanks a million to Glouglouburp! Slightly hazy golden color with a huge rocky white head. Grassy, floral aroma with a bit of black pepper and honey. Flavor starts off mildly sweet and doughy, before turning drier with the grassy/flowery hops taking over. A bit musty, like my glass has been in a cobweb filled basement for a long time. Some spiciness on the finish. A very nice beer. Thanks Dany!
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 2007. Ok, I know itís kind of a sin to be rating this hop-driven beer at this late date, but I kept saving it for occasions last summer, again and again and again, and they never happened, and then I knew it was past an acceptable point of freshness, and then put it off even more. So here we are, all feeling awkward about this rating.
It pours a metallic yellow with a frothy pile of white. WIldflower honey, dry grass, saaz hops aroma; peppery, dry, and lightly sweet with a cornmeal-like maltiness. Honey is the strongest component, and sometimes its earthiness leans towards sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Here and there thereís a little burst of apple cider vinegar.
Flavor is a calm, creamy bitterness. Very flowery. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. Very tea-like in bitterness, with hints of soft green spices like sage, very much seeming like a settled-down version of its former self; thereís plenty of doughy, soft yeast flavor providing a pleasant pad underneath; quiet. I feel like I can taste the dusty, grassy bitterness of the saaz still, and even a bit of the bracing green bite of the simcoes in peppercorns and pine, but canít find much amarillo; itís very green-tasting, very floral, but itís definitely noticeable that itís far from fresh. Putting this aside, its herbal qualities really are pleasant, and it has an incense-like calm about it throughout; so, the feeling of it is still really nice, but the flavors very obviously indicate what it probably was a year ago when I first had it.
Yeast pour. Couldnít hurt now I suppose. Aroma has more vinegar, more cheese, some pit fruits, and maple syrup. It now smells much like an egg-bake topped with honey and syrup, and I want to drink it with breakfast. Flavor has gotten gravelly and more pillowy; weaker for details but texturally more interesting. Man, itís musky now,and full of an almost tannic, pure bitterness.
Medium-full bodied palate. Hugely effervescent, but still soft. Finishing flavors remind me of an orange pekoe tea, a pear skin, and a lot of mustiness. Itís good and long, but it gets less interesting as it fades, not just as if the flavor is fleeting but as if itís getting worse, like when a piece of gum starts to taste like your spit. Finally, very dry.
Itís a sad thing for me to realize that this, with its punchy hop flavors, ample malt body and fulsome, bone dry yeast character is obviously something I would have loved when it was fresh, and that Iím only now drinking it and seeing how enticingly interesting it has still remained. And procrastination has bitten me in the ass again. Thanks for the opportunity, the man, Dany!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle by way of the north... glouglouburp.
pours a rich orange yellow color with an enormous wispy white head. it gets cloudy toward the end of the bottle... when we finally get that far as it was a struggle with terrible over carbonation!
enticing rich yeasty aroma is followed by spice, orange, honey, flowers, grass and spent hops.
it is quite sweet and malty on the palate yet yeasty and dry on the finish... the hops have obviously faded out of this but it is still interesting... must, honey, spice, grass and a fruitiness akin to red apples before an herbaceously dry, spent hoppy bitter finish.
the medium body has an incredibly soft texture(once i can actually drink it!) with a pleasant warmth (not alcohol, state of mind). yum... 8/4/7/4/16/3.9