Brigadier (3190) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from miketd’s tasting
Thanks once again to mike for opening a beer that I didn’t expect to see without working the trade circuit heavily. This was an well made Belgian. I don’t however see it as worthy of Top 100 inclusion. Perhaps that is due to the difficulty in acquiring it. Put alongside a few other more nationally available things it would not be my first choice.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge white foamy head danced to the top of my glass before succumbing to the transparent bronze body beneath. The strong maltiness was accompanied by honey, wheat and a few varieties of hops. In some ways it reminded me of a strong pilsener.
Flavor / Palate - The maltiness takes center stage. Afterward comes spruce, pine and cigarette ash. Just before the dry bitter finish are honey, lemon and dried lawn clippings. Overall this was nice but hardly exceptional enough to merit the cost of tracking down another bottle for the cellar.
after4ever (6504) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped. Thanks, Dany! Hazy, rubied, burnished medium gold. Thick, creamy egg-white head. Gamey, nutty, sweet/grassy nose. Creamy medium body. Active carb. Bone-dry finish and throughout, but has sweet grass and lemon notes dancing around here and there as well...amazing balancing act between mouthfeel and flavors. Rich and complex and perfectly harmonious. And as for the abv...this beer can’t possibly have that much alcohol in it. It’s too light to hide it. Just spectacular work here.
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 750ml (2007). De couleur dorée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, moyen de bananes, notes de poires et de pêche), malté de pain, de houblon floral et herbeux (herbes fraîches), léger de sucre bonbon et d’épices (poivre, léger de coriandre et de clou de girofle, notes de cannelle). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement élevé et croustillant ainsi qu’une texture moyennement crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes et zest, moyen de bananes, léger de poires et de pommes, notes de pêche) acccompagné d’un moyen goût épicé (moyen de clou de girofle, léger de coriandre et notes de cannelle) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de pain et léger de sucre bonbon parallèlement à une moyenne amertume assez asséchante de houblon floral, herbeux (herbes fraîches, traces de thé et de menthe) et aux petites notes citriques et terreuses jusqu’en finale, où l’on retrouve également un goût de levures épicées (poivre doux) ainsi qu’un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant. Post-goût moyen-long et assez sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux et floral, de levures fruitées (zest de citron, pelures de pommes et de bananes) avec des notes d’alcool.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, vintage 2007 from glouglouburp. Pretty damn good! Pours hazy dark yellow with a billowing, fluffy, white head, great retention, total sheet lace. Smells yeasty and bready with some spice notes and slight sweet fruit scents. Tastes similar to the way it smells. Bready and yeasty sweet, again some spiciness and a good bit of peach type stone fruit flavor. Medium body with crisp, vibrant carbonation,
Beerman6686 (5067) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! Aroma was or some spices, pepper, and some candy sugar. Flavor was very mellow, but in a good way. It combined the spicey flavor of a saison with a nice banana flavor of a tripel. If I were to order a Belgian, this is what I would want.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by Beerlando.Poured a golden color with a nice pillowy white head. The nose was hoppy with some citrus. Flavor was hoppy with a citrus zest and bananas.This finished off more bitter than it seemed in the flavor.Thanx Bryan.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle dated 2007. Poured slightly cloudy gold in color with a MASSIVE foamy white head that left very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very floral, fruity, with a little lemongrass. Taste is spicy, floral, with a little banana with a nice hop finish. Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this one.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a large, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, orange peel, pine, a bit of toasted dough, citrus fruits, light ginger, and other seemingly Belgian spices. Taste of pine, orange peel, citrus fruits, simcoe, white pepper, a bit of grass, and a bitter, finish with some alcohol in there as well. Thanks Paul!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Glouglouburp for hooking me up. Pours a nice bright hazy gold/straw yellow with a massive sticky white head similar to houblon. Aroma is spicy phenolics and borders being awesome, and slightly offensive- mixes quite well with the massive ammounts of american and european hops which mask some of the yeasty phenolics. Doughy rich malty flavor - tons of pils malts, light nuttiness, and great hop character, fruity, citrus, tons of earth and herbal hops, light grapefruit, and perfect balance in the mouthfeel. One of the very few beers in this new "style" that actually turned out great. Houblon, and Xtra Gold batch 2 are the only beers that can compare to this.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 750ml bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a very large sized white head. Aromas of floralness, spices, fruity, citrus, and grassy. Tastes of pears, apples, citrus, spices, floral and grassy. Lacing left on the glass.