ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with some notable yeast sediment falling to the bottom of the glass. The white-colored head forms a uniform height of one finger, and fades pretty rapidly to a thin film. Lacing is very sparse.
S: Rather buttery and even a bit corn-like. Maybe I can find a touch of fruity esters with proper concentration, but the Belgian yeast qualities are just too hard to find. There seems to be a bit of hoppiness, though, which is good. Quite the disappointing aroma otherwise.
T: Good news is, there is a touch of Belgian yeast on the finish, giving it a (much needed) crisp touch, and some welcome notes of apple, white grape, and pear - but also gives a faint soapiness. Yikes. All told, this seems rather disjointed, as if the yeast and the bready malts are battling each other, rather then melding like a good BPA should.
M: This is the best part of the brew. It features a creamy texture, and is nicely clean/dry on the back end without over-exposing any of the less-than-great flavors. In spite of its slight syrupiness and medium-heavy body, itís pretty drinkable.
O: Not great, unfortunately. Thereís little here to make me want to come back for seconds. All this does is confirm my skepticism toward canned Belgian-style ales - without bottle conditioning, what do you have? Not much, really.
JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Somewhat cloudy amber body, modest sized off-white head. Aromas are sweet with quite a few fruits including oranges, bananas, mango and peach. Some spiced cookie scents as well. Sweeter start leading to citrus, light banana, and mild spice. A late return of grains and bread. A touch thin in feel. A light Belgian ale.
tsd08460 (775) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
can from Total Wine (Gainesville)
Aroma: bread, slight Belgian yeast
Appearance: clear golden with a short-lived white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís OK. Itís somewhere inbetween a Belgian and a pale ale...itís a bit thin, though. Has a decent aroma, thin middle, and ends with a touch of the yeast that youíd expect. Overall, better than macro, but not being sought out again.
drsordr (2269) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to pint at Washington DC airport pour hazy avg gold with minimal white head. Nose light Belgian ester, clove, crystal malt. Taste light bitter up front, then some ester, minimal spice, moderate grainy malt. Flavors a little muted. Some banana in the finish.
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to Eric. Pours a cloudy orange with medium frothy white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is yeast, pure sugar, floral. Medium mouth, fruity malt, pepper, spice, light finish, good.
brigg (612) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Can) Clear, orange-gold body with a small, disappearing white head. Pale malt aroma, light banana-and-cloves. Light bodied. Ripe fruit and some bitterness; moderate to strongly sweet; yeast; lightly spiced and toasted.
chinchill (4204) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz can continuously refrigerated, or nearly so, since the May 2015 canning date, as stamped on the bottom of the can.
The light apricot body is hazy and has lots of suspended particles. Medium+ body with medium carbonation. The aroma is bolder and more funky than the flavor; both are yeasty and carry hints of lightly roasted nuts and soft fruits. The flavor turns moderately bitter in the finish and, even more so, in the aftertaste.
O: an Americanized Belgian pale ale.
EithCubes (5551) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An old can, DOB 07/03/2014, but still screams freshness. Nose grainy and Pils-like, floral with some fruity rind (which is strangely more like malt liquor fruitiness than Belgian yeast). Pours deep orange leaning toward dark golden, with a medium beige head. Crisp full body with some creamy smoothness, alcohol is a bit rough and fumy, and even at this date the phenols are out of freaking control (this is the main character of the beer), so beware if youíre sensitive. Faint ginger-like brightness, much nearer and potent spruce-like florality. Banana, light grass, pine wood. Vanilla blending with lemon, some meringue, medium bitterness and lingering yeastiness that clash. I think thatís the overall takeaway, many bold flavors that just donít work well together. [2015.12.07: 2.9]
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange with banana yellow edges and a half finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
Floral, slightly earthy aroma with subtle grassy hops, bready yeast, pale malt and faint light fruit notes. Pretty bland with some piney hops, bread, biscuit, peppery spice, apple and pear.
On the fuller end of medium body with tight carbonation, earthy hops and a prominent peppery spice presence that lingers over the bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit notes into a dry finish. Thankfully this beer tastes more interesting than it smells but the yeast presence is a bit too strong for my preference and it feels more like a wheat/witbier than anything else. Some zesty coriander and grassy, piney hops followed by sourdough bread, bubblegum and lemon zest. Slightly tart and somewhat refreshing but a bit watered down and pedestrian. As it warms, the ester-y light fruit notes start to show with hints of apple, pear and raisin. Still, this beer isnít very complex or interesting. Not bad by any means, but it just doesnít stand out. Iím glad that I only bought a single can.
altonbrownd (5496) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at ATR Bethesda. Hazy yellow body with slightest head. Nose quite hoppy and a tad sweet. Taste hoppy agai, with some bitterness.