marcusm (56) - Remich, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have tried this beer draught and bottled, versions 1, draught and bottle, 2 bottled and three draught. At the moment my favourite is the bottled version 2 - labelled batch#2 on the side of the bottle, and drunk in a UK pint glass, the first glass clear, by careful pouring, then the second glass with a small amount of the sediment.
The first glass full is a clear golden beer with a powerful, self regenerating marble white tightly packed head. The aroma belies the flavour, as the head retains the hop aroma until you dive through the head with your lips to the beer when you breath in an astoundingly powerful very pleasant Saazy aroma. The flavour of the beer once through the head is a nice pleasant highly complexly hopped beer, which will almost get you hooked on the first draught. The flavour is well balanced over the palate between the maltiness and multiple hopping, rolling off the palate cleanly as all of Chris Bauweraerts beers do. Topping the glass off with the remainder of the bottle gives a much more agressive beer, one for the hophead community. The beer is now a golden murky colour due to the added sediment, but boy what hop character, and the flavour has sharpened to a peak. What a beer to remember. I think I’ll do it again.
Thanks Chris, and here’s to the next brew !. Be seeing you soon for supplies......
turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit tough to pour without rousing a huge, thick head. (sounds filthy). The unfiltered amber color contrasts nicely. Malt and floral aroma. Taste is well, interesting. From the attention they give to the different hops on the bottle, I was expecting a bit more bitterness, though it doesn’t disappoint. For a 9%, it hides the alcohol very well. There is a bit on underlying sweetness, but not too cloying. A nice beer to try, though I probably won’t be keeping this one on hand due to the $10 a bottle price tag.
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Frothy thick head that is 2" in a trappist glass. The flavor is much more like a tripel than an IPA and has a malty and fruitful flavor. Overall definitely a beer worth trying if your hophead who enjoys tripels.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
an interesting experiment for a style that i’ve started to become exhausted with. I think i saw that it had amarillo hops and some other good american one but all that glitters is not gold. It had a ton of flavor, not sure it all blended together. I’d much rather have a super cane sugar triple like an allagash. pretty good and novel and worth a try once.
marcus (5639) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This blonde ale poured with a massive white head, most of which dissipated in a few minutes. There is a strong floral aroma, and a very solid body that is much more malty than any other IPA I have tasted. However, the hops and malt blend very nicely to create a unique and satisfying flavor.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle - Hazy golden topped by an extremely intricate and lovely white head. Glass lace is exceptional. I am really digging the aroma. Loads of floral hops, sweet citrus, satsuma comes to mind, and wild yeast underpinning. The flavor is equally as yummy. Sweet at first then a developing bitterness mixed with pepper and more sweetness. Some alcohol comes forth just before the swallow. The finsih is quite bitter. The palate is really nice, medium, with a hop crispness and not syrupiness. An excellent amalgamation of styles.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour reveals a beautifull cloudy yellow color with floaties and a medium fluffy white head. Excellent aroma of earthy, fruity, floral hops with citrus and belgian yeast. The flavor is also excellent and has the same earthy,fruity, floral hops with citrus and yeast. The body has a medium thickness with a superb smooth and creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent, it really feels like an American IPA / Belgian tripel hybrid, nicely done and very enjoyable.
sirsirus (60) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap and found it rather flavorless. Barely any aroma, faintest scent of fruit. Cloudy gollden colour. I found very little hops, a faint faint finish of yeast. Well hidden alcohol though. I must have had a bad batch.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden with a big fluffy white head. nice lacing . aroma heavy on the sazz hops. the interesting blend of hops dominates the flavor with a decent sweetness from the malt and candy sugar. a bit of belgian yeast adds to the interesting mix. full bodied. fairly fizzy carbonation. finsh is bitter with a nice dose of the sazz hop flavor. very interesting beer. need to try this one again.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy bright golden yellow with a billowing snow white head. Lots of Belgian lace. Wonderfully spiced aroma with plenty citrus hop aroma. Sweet candy sugar as well. The tripel character comes through perfect, and the Amarican hop bitterness is very evident. The palate is great. Full, but refreshingly carbonated. Get ya some.