Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, - JAN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A gentle haze punctuate this straight golden ale which develops a towering frothy, dense white foam. Resinous and fairly green, herbal nose delves into the spicy, bready yeastiness to raise up a chivey, accentuated spicy profile. Not as fresh as I should have drank it, but I can see how the mostly faded dry-hopping must have been strongly flowery and resinous earlier on. At this mature stage (probably closing on 1-yr old), the yeast is fairly present though fortunately not stealing the show from the hops and the malt remains just gently cerealic and on the pale, bready side of the spectrum. This makes for a straightforward oiffering that does not necessarily strive for balance, but rather focuses on hops and I can see how enjoyable that must be for variety’s sake in Belgium. Fairly dry, yet convincingly warm and bold for a 6% offering, offering a relatively dense texture presumably thanks to the non-filtration and smallish, tighter than average bubbles. Hop-forward indeed despite having several months under its belt (BB Apr. 2014). Pretty good, though at this stage, it’s stronger on bitterness than aromas.
Zer0 (811) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at wildeman. Pours cloudy golden. Aroma is peppery, citrus, yeast and some pineapple. Taste is moderate bitter and light sweet. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at In de Wildeman, pours hazy orange with impressive head and lace. You could tell this was fresh. Nose is pine, grapefruit, orange rind, and wood. Flavor is nice and dank as well. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. Really nice.
JulienHuxley (2141) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at In de Wildeman. Hazy pale yellow gold pour with small lacy white head. Very nice fresh hop aroma, grassy, citrusy, light lemon, very light doughy malts. Taste is hoppy, not too bitter, nice grassy flavor, saaz-like almost with a piney grapefruity finish. Palate is light, with light carbonation. Impressive little pale ale.
NicolaiH (48) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bold round IPA, weighty. Hints of citrus, and a standout hop bitterness. Short finish.
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Cunningham (3667) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Hazy (cloudy when all is poured into the glass) golden color with a big frothy white head that leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma: Rich grapefruit hoppy. Tropical fruity and citric.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet, and a rich bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Citric, rich grapefruit hoppy, tropical fruity and a balanced fine malty back.
Overall impression: Lovely, fresh and tasty!
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with Martinus
andriesradu (304) - ROMANIA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with a big white head. Nice flavor of biscuit, fruits, elderflower. Flavor is fruity, citrus, a bit yeasty. Ends with a moderate bitterness.
MannyGoldberg (101) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Bier Circus, Brussels- 6th Nov 2013. Thanks to Tsjomme for the recommendation. Nose is hugely floral with tangerine and orange note. Taste is grassy with loads of citrus hops built on a great malt base. Inhabits a very different space to US or UK style IPAs. Loved it.
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Bryanvdv (294) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Goudgeel biertje, behoorlijke schuimkraag mooi helder. Aroma is heerlijk fruitig. Smaak is mooi in balans, bitter als een ipa. Blijft mooi in de nasmaak.
EddyBeer1 (575) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blonde dorée opaque, effervescence légère, col blanc fin. Malts et houblons se marient à la perfection avec une belle présence d’agrumes et de leurs écorces. De la très bonne IPA!
Alusmamuts (108) - LATVIA - OCT 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, light amber with medium cap. Mild aroma, mild rich taste with remaining after bitterness.