jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a capped 750 ml. green bottle with a blurb on back that lists the hops, sampled after a few hours in the refrigerator in a La Chouffe snifter glass.
Poured a semi-hazy yellowish, light orangey golden with a frothy, foamy white head, good retention, settled into a rocky, creamy lacing, fair amount of ringed laced sticking.
Aromas of floral, herbal, earthy citrusy hops, earthy, lightly musty yeast and a subtle sweet Belgian pale malts.
Good active carbonation and a crisp, slick, dry, carbonated smooth light bodied mouthfeel.
Great hoppy taste, herbal, dry leafy, spicy, a light hint of sour citrus, grainy, dry, sweet biscuity malts with a trace of sugar, a subtle, balanced earthy musty yeastiness, the alcohol is well masked, but also warming in the palate, and a dry, crisp, spicy, leafy, citric and sweet malty finish.
Another excellent brew from one of my favorite Belgian breweries, easy, smooth, dangerously quaffable drinkability, a must try.
thebeertourist (4648) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle at Delirium, Brussels.Huge thick white head crowns this cloudy golden beer. Very hoppy nose, like a newly mown lawn, but with fruity, even perfumy notes as well. Great bitter flavavours, grassy and fruity hops, very Hommelbier-like. Full-bodied with good carbonation. Rare, but worth seeking out.
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Pours hazy sparkling yellow with a large white foamy head, lasting, with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (straw, meal), heavy hops (flowers, fruit, grass), average yeast (dough, earth) with fragrant notes of apple, pear and honey. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; malty floral perfume hop flavor, creamy. Full bodied, average carbonation, sticky texture and creamy finish.
probstblueribbon (2737) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: cloudy golden straw. Aroma: sweet n’ spicey, honey and yeast. Palate: fairly aggressive carbonation, astringent and thin of body. Flav.: sweet n’ spicey, honey, yeast, a little bitter. Not a style I like. 7-2-6-2-12: 2.9.
Re-rated at Flour City Brewers’ Fest, Rochester NY. At the Ommegang tent. AU15/08.
App.: Cloudy orange golden with white chunks of yeast, nice white froth.
Aroma: Floral honey and coriander, caramel and malt, a touch of yeast and bread dough, light lemony citrus.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly soft effervescence.
Flav.: Very sweet, mandarin oranges, lighter coriander, some resinous hops, honey, caramel, quite sweet with some bitterness (especially for a Belgian).
Didn’t quite meet expectations (forgot about the first taste!), but lovely nonetheless.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. Very hoppy aroma, pine with some grapefruit. Mostly dry, very bitter, tripel body comes through in the finish. Very interesting take an two divergent styles.
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hilly white head with pale golden body. Smell of the forest (trees, pines). The alcohol is very present in mouth but there is a dry finish. The second gulp was better in the finish, could taste lime (very refreshing!) and lots of hop. Very interesting complexity.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy gold color with moderate thick head. Sweet belgian aroma with almost no alcohol present in the nose. Citrusy with a tinge of flowery hops. Wow, the flavor on this is incredible. Great balance from both the ipa and the tripel. Almost marshmellowy head with a dry finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a clear pale gold producing one of the biggest, rockiest, and durable heads that I’ve ever seen. There was still 1/2 inch of foam and some sticky lace all over the glass 30 minutes later. Grain, honey, yeasty bread, orange, and spice combine for a heady aroma. Nice medium full body presents an intitial smoothness and lively carbonation which gives way to a little astringency. Rich light sweetness nicley balnced with a refreshing bitterness and some very spicy peppery hop flavors. Alcohol never really noticeable. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting with this, but it certainly proved to be exceptional
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Brickstore in Decatur, GA. Cloudy dark straw with considerable haze. Dense pillowy head which forms an island apart from the glass edge. Lightly nutty aroma with fresh cut herb notes. Substantial hoppy bitterness. Overwhelms with walnuts in the finish, huge vaporous EtOH warming. Doesn’t really work all that well overall, but it’s interesting, for sure.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2010 Batch #2, best before 2009. Pours a hazy, straw color with an enormous head, creamy, fluffy, lasting, and white with plenty of random lacing. Nose is tripel with some spicy, slightly citrusy, hops; notes of Belgian banana-y esters, pear, yeast, pepper, and lemon zest. Flavor is definitely more bitter than the nose would have suggested; banana esters, yeast, lemon zest, pepper, slight clove, honey, lightly grassy, and a moderately high bitterness. Palate is medium bodied, but seemed a little fuller due to the moderate carbonation and the soft, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes bitter, slightly dry, and estery and stays on the tongue for quite some time. An interesting hybrid style but honestly the "American" character detracts from the Belgian goodness. However, it is interesting and worth trying for the weird way the flavors work together. I can’t say that I would prefer it to a tripel or a IIPA, but I would not prefer tripels or IIPA’s to this either. Like drinking a decent tripel with more bitterness and some citrus notes; quite innovative, just not extraordinary.