MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Keg at the Sloany Pony.
Hazy dark gold with a white film topping. Excellent aroma. Big sweet biscuity malt with a hint. Of grassy and floral hoppage. Flavour is even better. Almost ethanol like alcohol notes but stops just short. Lots of resinous hops and a hint of creme brûlée from the very sweet but not over the top malt. Excellent palate. Almost chewy but stops just short and manages to stay nice and clean. Just a lick of bitterness in the finish with some long sweetness and minerals. Very hoppy for a Belgian beer and distinctly better than the other Valeir beers I’ve had. Very good stuff.
wimpie133 (380) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Yellow-blonde beer with a huge white lasting head. Aroma of hops, citrus and spices. Taste is also nice hoppy, with citrus and spices included, a light sweetness also, ending nicely with a light bitter taste. Great beer!
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 L bottle from Systembolaget. A moderate white head upon an orange hued, deep gold colored body. Aroma of coriander and Belgo-yeast. A whiff of caramel and perfume, and some citrus, too, tangerines comes to mind. Taste is fruity and zesty. Mild spices and yeast underneath. Mid-bodied. A slight soapiness on the palate. Light bitter finish with fruit and spice notes.
emacgee (4238) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a soft golden orange with a two finger creamy eggshell head.Nose is citrusy, lemon rind,estery,some spice,lovely hop aroma. Flavor is nice, lots of citrus,lemon,some pineapple, a bit of spice, yeast/ester compliment. Spicy palate with a mild bitterness. Tasty.
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally hazy yellow color with a light white head. Nice hoppy aroma with lots of exotic fruit and spice. Hoppy flavor with a freshness from citrus fruit, spice and yeast. Refreshing drink with a very lively and fizzy mouthfeel.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy pale orange with a big white foam that leaves some lacings.
The smell is of white bread and Belgian yeast. Spices and grassy notes. Notes of lemon and caramel. Quite a nice smell, but nothing spectacular.
The flavor has a gently sweet malty backbone with notes of caramel and white bread. Lemon. Some spicy and grassy notes. Quite a lot of citric hop notes. Light phenols. The finish is rather bitter considering the style with some peppery and lemony hop notes and a hint of minerals. A refreshing taste.
Rather smooth texture and gentle carbonation. Medium body. Kind of dry finish.
A nice and refreshing saison. They managed quite well to integrate a somewhat prominent (but gentle) hop profile in it without loosing the characteristics of a saison.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
Travlr (14363) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso, recommendation from Darrell. Cloudy, stormy yellow with a white head that disappears rapidly but leaves incredible lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and lemon. Similar taste of both, with a bit of pepper. Very very dry with a slightly bitter finish. Well done.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Poured into St. Feuillien glass (my new favorite glassware). Hazy orange-tinted golden with lively white head and great lacing. As others have noted, bottle says Belgian IPA, and it tastes more like one. This is an interesting beer. Nose reveals citrusy, resiny hops... more like West Coast IPA than any Belgian beer I’ve ever had. Also, more typical dry, tart lemony, yeasty notes that one would expect in Belgian IPA. Malt presence is surprising, too... sweet, apply, earthy... but that part is probably the yeast. Finish offers something almost wheaty and a little off (sprucey?), but great overall. Dry finish and nice full palate... a bit prickly. This beer seems underappreciated.
saxo (14388) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice white head with good duration. Color is hazy golden. Aroma and taste are malt, yeast, fruits, flowers and hops. Nice bitter hoppy finish.
GMCC2181 (1539) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at SL... A saison? Bottle says its a belgian IPA... Any way, short stubby bottle, monster head that stuck around. Nice golden orange color. Weak aroma of some spices and light hop notes. Taste is funky... maybe some banana, apple, earthy, yeasty, light hops and malts all well balanced. Very dry... Overall a unique beer that I enjoyed