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RATINGS: 448   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
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
The pour reveals a cloudy golden color with a thick, creamy, white head. Very seductive aroma of fruity, spicy hops with pine needles and cereals. Very good flavor of spicy, fruity hops, pine needles, cereals, some sweetness and mild bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. This beer is excellent and has a lot of finesse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Tried from the funky bottle that hapjydeuce brought to the bottle shop. Lots of carbonation on first pour with a 2 finger white foamy head that fades at a medium rate. Yellow color. Lots of bubbles climbing the glass inside the liquid. Phenolic Belgian triple aroma, Iím not sure from what. Possibly a combination of yeast and high brewing temperature. My first guess was the beer was finished with Brett. It has a nice plastic Brett aroma and it has high carbonation, meaning the Brett had eaten some complex sugars after bottling. You can notice the Saaz hops too, even though they are not overwhelming. Easy to drink. Hereís a beer for the "Orval should be a top 50 beer" fans. Iím not one of those people. Itís just a good triple to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
(750ml bottle, 2007 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a tall rocky dense off-white head with excellent webbed lacing. Aroma of mustiness, banana, orange peel, perfume, flora, and other herbal qualities. Flavor of herbal tea, orange peel, green peppercorn, and floral hops with a soft mouthfeel and bitter finish. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Rating #1500! 750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. thanks to Glouglouburp for the bottle! pours hazy golden with whtie head. nose is grassy, lemon, spice, leather. flavors of sweet biscuit and alcohol initially but that evolves into a dry hay, leathery, spicey finish. lively carbonation. alcohol very well hidden. very drinkable and refreshing BSA. Thanks Dany!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12878) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Cloudy golden color with a sopay white head. Aroma of grapefruit, yeast, pepper. On the palate a mix of sweet sour-fruit and yeast. nice carbonation. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from glouglouburp shared at Yeha 2008, thanks Dany. Clear orange gold body with small clinging carbonation and a large frothy white head. Aroma is very spicey and peppery with notes of yeast and flowers. Medium bodied with average carbonation a slightly dry finsih and a long lingering finish. Flavor has notes of licorice, earth, yeast, flower petals and even a touch of mint. Very complex and if you prefer saisons or a beer along those lines you will love this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2009
750ml corked bottle shared by suzygreenberg. Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a nice thick and lively white head that leaves a great lace as it drinks down. Sweet peppery apple nose with a touch of some other spices in there. Sharp carbonation and slightly bitter on the palate with great honey sweetness and some earthy floral hints. I think that this bottle had a bit of age on it and it was still great, but I would certainly like to try a íyoungerí bottle of this. Thanks for sharing this one Ben!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2009
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!

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