3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Mostly clear gold colored body with a fluffy, pillowy, finely-bubbled white head. The nose is huge – yeast, pillowy, fresh, hoppy, funky, you name it… hints of Taras Boulba at times, with that funk/perfume/spice deal going on all over this beer… the body is light, airy, moderately dry, and it tastes of coriander, black pepper, dried hops, lemon zest, funky saison yeast… damn good, and better with each sip. Seriously contender in the whole Belgian funky/IPA style…
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 750mL bottle, courtesy of Glouglouburp. Thanks, Dany! Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color; huge, textured off-white head with excellent retention and medium-bubbled lacing; a gorgeous pour. Solid amounts of tropical fruits, pine, and orange hops in the aroma; esters, toasty bread, and an intricate yeast character; well-integrated, and a great balance between the hops and Belgian character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy Belgian sugar, complex yeast, and plenty of mineral and piney hoppiness; no alcohol showing; excellent mouthfeel: creamy, solid bitterness balancing with a dense, sweet Belgian core; the best example I’ve ever had of a hoppy Belgian beer (from Canada, no less!); intensely drinkable, dry, and generous; excellent stuff. Lengthy finish: residual pine and mineral bitterness, breadiness and dough, and some lingering Belgian sugars.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Hazy golden body with a giant, rocky white head. Spicy, herbal nose with grass, honey, cotton candy, dough and light citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with lots of herbal, citrus, pine and citrus hops, honey, cotton candy, dough and golden fruits. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation. A very pleasant surprise!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Gatineau. Hazy light amber golden hazy body with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is candied sugar with floral and peppery notes. Flavour is complex with noticeable dry yeast and sweetness from the candy sugar and herbal and earthy peppery notes. Lighter on the palate but noticeably no alcohol burn which surprised me. Well put together and quite refreshing. I could easily drink an entire bottle.
mabel (6656) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 [1124-20080226] 750mL (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds). Aroma has a bit of yeasty spice hops. Hazy, light orange brown body with a big long-lasting foamy white head. Lemon zippy zest flavour has bitter hops and a bit of ginger. Medium body. Quite nice. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
[1706B-20080912] 750mL bottle. Citrus yeast and boozy wheat aroma. Hazy, light orange brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white foam and lots of light lacing. Citrus pip flavour initially with rind and zesty bits (not the juice) then follows with a sweaty hit. Medium body. Very nice brew. (9/5/8/4/17) 4.3
(w/ jerc, tupalev)
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge fine off-white head over very carbonated orange beer. Bubblegum, white candi sugar, bananaester, orange peel and a bit of hops all the same. Hops and noble ones, bit of cardboard and grapefruit. A little bit of sweet, probably more from the alcohol than from restsugars. Very good balance! Well-bodied, but not thick. Alcoholwarming. I had expected even more hops, but I have to admit that the balance is impressive, which might have been harmed with more C-hops. Not a big, but a great beer. Vraiment, merci mille fois, Sylvain!
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow-straw with a thick creamy head. Aroma is citrusy, sweet malt, yeast, some alcohol and malt. Flavour is very well balanced with hops, sweet malt, a ton of citrus, lemon, some spices and yeast. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Full bodied with a sharp carbonation. This is an awesome beer.
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp - thanks for the trade Dany! Beautiful dark yellow, lots of streaming bubbles, big thick foamy white head with great lacing all the way down. Strong yeasty aroma, with just a hint of alcohol. Some lemon. Soft hops. Taste - wow, that’s nice. Soft foamy mouthfeel, starts with expected light malt and yeast with some lemon and then bam, lots of hops. Strong spicy hops that balance perfectly with the typical strong Belgian body. This is like Duvel on hop steroids and I love it. Long burning linger, not alcohol, more like the spicy hops. Dry in the finish, yet rather sweet in the initial taste. One complex mo fo.. This is an entirely unique creation - I have tried a few others of these Belgians with an American hoppy twist but nothing like this. Worth every penny, thanks again Dany!
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, mabel, jerc & mds - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy gold with a pillowy white head. Aroma - nice! Tropical fruit, fresh grains, big hops. Sharp carbonation in the body. Flavour is big and complex - pineapple, yeast, mint, green hops, long and lingering finish. Excellent!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy dark gold with a large almost white head. The aroma was dry and yeasty with just a touch of sweetness. The aroma was pretty hoppy with floral notes. Malt flavor but dry not sweet. The finish is even drier. Nice floral notes. the finish is very long and bitter. Tasty and clean. Very different than the previous one from them I tried. I like them equally though (this would have been more if not as dry).