HIGHB4LL (825) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: slight film of white head, straw-gold color, clear, no lacing. Aroma: wheat, fruity yeast, light grassy hops, juniper slightly detectable on the exhale. Palate: flat carbonation, medium to light body, mostly thin texture with light stickiness. Taste: sweet fruity Belgian yeast with caramel into grassy and floral light bitterness, light alcohol on the back end, then an ultimate and surprising finish of grassy hops. Overall, too flat, poor palate, not very good.
nearbeer (4072) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can. Hazy golden with a disappearing head. Nose is a mix of banana bread, cheesy grape must, clove, evergreen resin and walnut. Taste is sourish citrus, funky molded bread and clove. Finish has a pleasant blend of resin, citrus zest and gummy wheat. Light-medium body has a nice balance and a low medium carbonation. Easy drinking brew gets an overall bonus point for its somewhat experimental reach. Seems like it could be a really great beer if re-examined and fine tuned just a notch.
malrubius (2043) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from someplace in Middlebury. Gold with slight haze lasting white ring and lace. Sweet candy sugar aroma with spicy hop and a hint of bubblegum. Appropriately heavy on the sweetness with refreshing wheaty tang and pretty good balancing spicy hop dry bitter finish. Really a pretty good Duvel style beer. Medium body, low for abv, Hmm...this one’s an unexpected pleasure. Almost gone.
rumproasts (3774) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Dry Belgian ale lacking much flavor. Some alcohol warmth. Rather underwhelming.
anders37 (18914) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours a hazy golden pale orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.
JK (4865) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Advertised at the festival as "Vail Valley Old Soul." Belgian strong, lightly sweet flavor, sugar, too sweet really. Alcohol seems a little low for the style, gold colored beer. ok.
bigtaster (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From can into snifter, opaque yellow with orange hues, smaller white head diminishing to nothing. Nose has light fruity esters with banana, clove, biscuit. Light body, tingling carbonation, easy going down with a quick finish. Some metallic flavors in the finish, with some initial sweetness with light fruits and biscuit, some lemon. Seems a little off, flat, cardboard flavors.
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of fruits and yeast. Flavors of ripe apples, bananas and cloves. Malty, boozy finish. Has a slight malt liquor quality which isn’t overly appealing. Once for me.
firstsip (605) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Billed as Belgian pale where we were? Opaque-ish gold. Scattered lace. Boozey nose. Tastes of mild dry hopping with a tinge of sweetness, more from alcohol than Belgian quality.
superspak (3239) - Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a small foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; and fairly smooth and crisp to sip on. Definitely needed much more carbonation, but it was pleasant and fairly enjoyable as it was.