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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Brewed with Amarillo, Simcoe and Saaz hops.
20 Plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2008
750ml from Glouglouburp - thanks, Dany! As a big fan of Houbolon Chouffe and Urthel Hop-It, let’s just say I was well prepared to love this beer. And it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. An absolutely massive pour, a rush of golden brew and carbonation with an abundant, sticky head that settles into a pleasant series of rocky formations. Nose is very dry, obviously well hopped but with some powerful yeast and pepper notes, which complements the dryness of the beer. The flavor is multi-dimensional, though, with some very mild citric flavors emerging as the beer warms a bit. Malts in there for balance and a touch of sweetness, but nothing too leaden or overpowering. Basically a superlative rendition of the IIPA/Belgian hybrid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle- Deep golden pour unleashes a beautiful frothy white cap, leaving plenty of lace. Spicy, fruity nose hints at rose petal and fresh hops, with lots of citrus and a blast of cotton candy. Smells good. I don’t really like the sweetness here, but the flavour profile is still pretty good. Sweet mango and apple with yeasty flavours lead to spices and candied malts. The hops don’t come through in the flavour the way they were calling at me in the aroma. Pretty good beer to be sure. A bit over-hyped though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9985) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2010 Bottle picked up in Spring in Trois Riviers, glad I didnít miss it. Smooth drinking yeasty ale, not complex but certainly smooth wth a good mouthfeel. Some candi. Foamy head. Pleasant aroma. This is the higher rated, but the Humulusis clearly better(lateral tasting at Volo).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours bright yellow with plenty of snowy white head. The aroma is light, but there is a certain pine and citrus hop aroma with some dusty yeast and alcohol vapors. Really good hop flavors with citrus leading to a piny finish. Light body with highly active carbonation and a super dry finish. Really a darn good beer. I would love to secure another bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Sample at J Gumbos Aug 2008 Indy tasting - Aroma of sweet yeast, subtle orange and bready with white wine splashed on top. Flavor is a tad soapy, green apples, white wine, sweet yeast and a touch of citrus. Didn’t get much hops. Palate is clean. Pretty tasty, maybe would benefit from not being mixed with all the others in the tasting and the small sample size.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2008
2007 750mL Bottle thanks to Dany! Aroma comes quickly with orange peel, marshmallow malt, and a bit of Turkish spicing. Pours a brilliany syrupy gold, with a huge pillow of slowly subsiding opalescent cloud-matter. Flavor is rich, but not particularly complex. There’s a good run of rather phenolic yeast character and alcohol, that plays towards orange, citrus, and reduced candi sugar. It’s clean and bright, a nice malt flavor. The hops come in as brisk, grassy dryness that plays off the malt and well-subdued alcohols. This is good, but I’m not sure it’s really a Top 100 beer. Clean, bright, refreshing with well-concealed alcohol, but the hops were the disappointing for me. I wanted more bristling bitterness and flavor. It seems like their character had subsided plenty. Still, a very solid, balanced BSA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2008
2007 bottle - Very beautiful deep golden body, perfect fine sparkle, huge lasting fluffy off white head; Excellent very interesting nose, lots of deeper fruit aromas, perfectly balanced by very pleasant and deep Belgian yeast aromas; The body is a little to soft and full sweet, a very little salty and a very little bitter as well, slightly yeasty harsh; Mellowing out a little to easy, lots of aroma but not apparent enough, tons of aroma, yeasty harsh and very pleasant. Starts superp but ends a very little to mellow. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
A golden ale with a super onctuous thick white head. Aroma of floral hops, yeasts, light orange peels, sweet caramel, a bit vinous. In mouth, a smooth belgian ale with semi sweet candy sugar, long sustained hops, nice touches of coriander, oily mouthfeel, orange peels. Rich and oily in mouth, covering the mouth. A good alcohol smoothness in finale. Bottle bought at Jovi, Gatineau, 12.99$.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle shared by wetherel at the RBSG; Thanks, it’s great stuff! Nose of yeast, figs and raisins,spice and sweetness; hazy dark gold with a medium white head; Flavor has cloves, nutmeg, caramel and fruitiness; finish shows a tiny bit of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Thanks to wetherel for sharing this rarity at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Clear gold with a white head that leaves incredible lacing. Aroma is spicy dough with raisins and citrus. Flavor is, again, spicy dough with notes of citrus, grass, apricot, and banana. Pretty weird but very tasty. A little alcohol on the palate, but otherwise smooth.

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