nimbleprop (7349) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle at the DC Local tasting. Pours a hazy, yellow gold with a frothy white head. Aroma is big on candy sugar, Belgian yeast, a little spice, a little tropical fruit. Where are the hops? Flavor is sweet, finally you find some hop bitterness, sweet sugars too. Finish is medium bodied with some light, lasting hop bitterness.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle from a trade with fred82. pours slightly hazed gold with a huge fluffy white head. thick sheet of lace cover the wall of my tulip. aroma of pils malt and american hops, a bit of dusty yeast. the flavour is outstanding. soft and subtle, perfectly constructed and complex. the lean malt body provides excellent structure for the hopping. rather dry for 10%, and not bitter for 70 IBUs. perfectly balanced and insanely drinkable. fucking phenominal beer.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Large white head atop cloudy apple cider body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/earthy, some Belgian yeast, candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, spicy/earthy, candi sugar. Medium-full body, light stickiness.
Travlr (21170) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar at April’s DC local tasting, thanks. Bright yellow color, huge off white head. Aroma of freshly baked bread and citrus. Taste is very smooth, with a subtle edge of lemon. Very nice.
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent hybrid entre une tripel belge et une double ipa. Nearly same as Chouffe Houblon excepte for the simcoe hop( vs tomahawk hop).
sebletitje (9075) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Miami Fandango ’10 gathering. Thanks hopscotch.
pours golden, white head.
Aroma picked up many Belgian characteristics of strong ales; yeast sweetness, sugar notes along with malt and hops.
flavors, retains a lot of the Belgian ale yeasty flavors and compensated with the addition of tons of spices and fruits of the various hops used in this brew. A lot going on, grapefruits adding a mild bitter palate, lots of citrus, lemon and tropical notes.
robinvboyer (4109) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge fruity hop bomb! Tge fruit comes through quite a bit with some great yeasty esters. The big hop pinch mingles so well with the fruit flavors. Loads of apple, citrus, and pear. Tge finish is crisp and bitter with a little sour kick. Wicked stuff.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle; 2009 vintage fresh from Quebec; thanks Fred!!!! Clear, straw gold with huge eggy bright white head settling oh so slowly; fluffy white eggy head; floral nose of sweet, lemony fresh cut grass and tangerine hops; sweet, fruity and sugary; fresh, crisp mouthfeel with plenty of texture while still drinking light; more bitter than I remember previously with lots of orange, candy malt, apricot, white sugar with very mild farmhouse-y sourness; silky and really breaks out as it warms; some light wheat, lemons, apricots, spice and spruce; fills up the mouth with creamy yeasty goodness and light orangey hops and goes down smooth and rich; so damn good and the new batch was well worth the wait; over carbonation let’s the nose flourish with some nice spicy and fruity esters; to me, this beer just has it all – perfect nose, flavors and texture; very complex but the ingredients are well blended in to a perfectly delicious and drinkable belgian-style masterpiece; kind of a mix between two of my fav beer styles – saison and Belgian strong golden; the beer was a game changer for me a few years ago and is still right at the top for what I’m looking for in a beer
Updated Rating 10/15/09: 750 ml bottle; drank my last bottle of batch #1 w/ Brandon and Tom, so this guy had some age on it; certainly more musky and hops giving way to all the yeasty sweetness; texture and nose as delightful as I first remember it; fuzzy, soft, sweet, perfect; dare I say one of the best beers ever; can’t wait for the new batch!!!
Original Rating 7/31/08: 750 ml bottle; a true joy to enter this as my 900th rating on ratebeer; and a special thanks to tom for sharing this gem of gems in addition to the countless brews you’ve generously shared with me over the last year; huge white head, thick enough to scoop with a spoon; leaves tons of lacing as it fades unevenly; intoxicating aromas of spice and fruit; basically a jacked up saison to me; glowing gold and mostly clear; texture is rich, smooth and almost beyond belief; drinks smooth and rich with lots of spice and farmhouse funk; floral, bready, yeasty and yummy; everything matches together perfectly - texture, aromas, flavors; hot damn, simply heaven in a bottle and one of the best; thanks tom!!!
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours surprisingly pale, gold rather than amber, with a thick pillowy, sticky, white head that laces extremely well. Nose is very estery and herbal, a rather tea-like interpretation of the style. This snt to say it isn’t also big on the spruce and fruit, it is, withfreshspruce berries, oranges, stonefruit, and spice. Flavors are stonefruit, a TON of bitterness, herbs, the mouth does not show the remarkable delicacy of the nose, lost in excessive astringency. Very good.
rederic (3253) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, 2009 sainte-reserve, honey gold color, with a big rocky white head, leaving some belgian laces, yeasty, zesty, lemon, grapefruit peel, pear, pineapple esters in the nose with a nice lemon pie, lemongrass note, with some herbal, flower petal accents of lavender, african violet, with a floral hop leafy citrusy aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, peachy, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, lime peel, starfruit, litchi, pear, flowery hop character of nice zesty, citrusy, leafy, grassy, lemongrass, faint spearmint hoppiness, with a lemon pie flavor, leading towards a warming, fruity, zesty, citrusy, lemony, hop leafy, grassy bitterness finish.