FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is quite well carbonated, it produces an initial five-finger thick, tan tinted, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, with lots of streaming bubbles swimming up through a rich gold colored beer. As the head dissipates it forms a rockied surface and leaves a delicate lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. Eventually the head leaves a long lasting, dense, yet tall island of foam. The aroma is quite nice. First there are the dry accented aromatics; a mix of lemon, toasted grain, hay, something that reminds me of fresh corn masa, a light herbaceous note an a touch of grassiness. There are also sweeter notes that remind me of vanilla, grapefruit, and sweet orange peel.
The beer explodes on my tongue, as soon it hits it vaporizes into a mouthful of foam. Swirling the beer a bit helps to degas it, it is still well carbonated, yet does not completely disappear on my tongue as I take a sip. Still spritzy, notes of light lemon, and a definite hop bitterness add to the sharper sides of this beer. A touch of vanilla, and a soft creamy malt character soften out the profile of this brew and provide a definite refined balance that would not be found in an American hop bomb. This beer has a touch of yeasty and even hop derived tartness to it. Lightly spicy fermentation notes poke through the hops at times, but it is really the mouthfeel where the Belgian character shines.
Warming notes of alcohol waft up through my nasal ducts as I sip this brew. It is not sharply alcoholic and in fact hides its alcohol quite well, but there is that warming in the nose that lets you know that this beer will bite you if you don’t watch out. The balance that this beer strikes is really the wonderful thing about this beer. Soft, creamy and enticing, yet at the same time bitingly bitter with ample hop notes. And the ample meringue like head is as good as it gets. This is definitely one of those beers that is quite well integrated, the sum of its parts, tasty as they may be, still add up to a greater whole than one my expect.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
thegreenrooster (3055) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Beerdrenched. Pour is cloudy with tons of floaties and a huge white head. Aroma is very creamy with a nice strong dose of fresh hops. Flavor has quite a lot of vanilla and is super creamy. Hops show up on the swallow. Smooth and easy to drink with the alcohol well hidden. A cross between a Belgian and an IPA.
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Kook! Poured a huge frothy head with a hazy yellow body. Alcohol more pronounced than the previous beers tried on the night although it seems a little thin for 9%, enjoyed the flavours of grapefruit, yeast and banana.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale yellow gold with straw gold highlights and a big, dense pouffy head that forms "stiff peaks" with super retention. Sweet and grainy Belgian tripel aromas. Spicy Saaz top notes with subtle fruity hops underneath and an odd, faint touch of spearmint. Lots of alcohol and bitterness in the flavor--tons of bitterness that stick around--tripel flavors underneath without much citrus or pine. Characteristic light-but-strong tripel body and finishes long with a lot of crispness and herbaceousness as well.
tennisjoel (1151) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Initial snifter pour is about 15% body and 85% head. Very tight bubble structure which makes the head look meringue like. Excellent aromas of pear, banana, spices, orange, sugars. Cloudy golden color with floaties present. Very good flavor; takes on the malt flavor similar to Tripel Karmeliet and combines it with grapefruity hops. The first beer I’ve had which blends two of my favorite styles together.
adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a golden yellow color with a massive foamy white head. Unfiltered, tons of little hops floating around. Aroma is bitter hoppy with strong traces of fresh sour yeast. Taste is bitter hoppy as well with a slight piney aftertaste. Very much like a hoppy pilsner and different than your typical American IPA. Interesting, but I prefer the American IPA’S. Good, but I was expecting a bit more.
swoopjones (5248) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Bottle. One of my favorite beers I,ve had to date. Golden color with large head. Plenty of spice & citrus. Interesting concept & I loved it. Looking forward to having on tap
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh, clean, grassy aroma with citrus, lavender and some soapy notes. Opaque yellow body is topped by a low white head that lasts well and leaves some lace. Very sweet and somewhat grainy flavour with balanced strong bitterness and herbal, grassy, haylike hop flavours that linger. Medium body is lively on the tongue with a soft textured effervescence. Bottle (Mondial tasting 2006).
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Appearance was a large white head that was mostly lasting, poor lacing, visible carbonation, hazy, and a straw yellow hue. Nose was hoppy, sweet, spicy, hint of citrus, banana, and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor was hoppy, citrus, dry, spicy, bitter and hoppy finish. Tingly, hoppy mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Just didn’t care for the combining of an IPA and a Belgian Tripel. To each his/her own taste.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very carbonated, golden color, large white head with large bubbles and nice lacing. Yeasty and hoppy aroma. Lots of spice, and some fruit. Flavor is very interesting--citrus, fruit, dry finish, grassy aftertaste. Truly a unique thing, and I am very glad that argo0 insisted that I buy it.