Rastacouere (6159) - 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.
Mortlach (1237) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle @Luppolo Station (Rome). Pours deep golden, a bit unclear, with a giant head. Aroma is malty, caramel, citrus notes, orange zest, light floral notes and spices. Flavour is balanced, high malt profile with a decent bitter end. Medium body, medium carbonation. A bit boring...
Tognetta (278) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Laranja escura, espuma de fácil formação, média duração. Aroma lupulado, cítrica (menos que uma american IPA), mais doce que o esperado, sem ser negativo. Paladar de amargor muito bem balanceado, sem ser cansativo. Corpo e carbonação médios. Aftertaste prazeroso, muito boa.
poech73 (273) - Braine, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Boone (Nieuwpoort)
Très bonne IPA belge offrant un beau nez très parfumé fleuri, avec de la levure et un beau corps malté trouble assez classique: assez rond légèrement mieleux; on devine le Pilsen, accompagné d’une astringence moyenne du froment qui tapisse bien toute la bouche et soutient l’amérisation assez longue, sur des notes fleuries, légèrement résineuses et minérales, mais sans agresser le palais et accompagnées de saveurs fruitées de mandarine, de pomello voire de litchi.
RichTheVillan (4348) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from at Cotteridge Wines; clear burnished amber pour with a frothy white head, aroma has marmalade and light spice, taste has light citrus, pale malts, digestive biscuit, a hint of grapefruit, ok.
TheKernOwl (9) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peachy, pine-y, citrus (lime zest) and some yeast on nose.
Overall, very balanced between hoppy bitterness (very international mix of hops) and refined, earthy but clean and classy finish.
Quite the beautiful flower!
Turboninja (208) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Kaisla, Helsinki, Finland. Medium aroma with fruits like citrus and peach with hint of bitterness. Orange color with light/medium white head and hazy liquid. Medium taste with fruits combining nicely to malts and some hops. Balanced and soft. Medium taste spectrum and medium/long aftertaste sweeter fruits and hops. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall high quality IPA with especially soft touch.
Nicolas_M (87) - BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I asked for a real IPA, and not a false advertised one like we can easily find nowadays, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Aroma and taste are totally linked regarding hops, and the bitterness following it is just awesome.
Sadly my written review is done four days after testing, so not very constructive, but the notes were done live.
beerman33190 (76) - FRANCE - JUN 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, zesty, floral tastes and aromas in this refreshing, well-carbonated ipa. The bitterness of the hops although quite low-key while drinking is surprisingly lasting on the palate. Stock up for summer I say.
gegwilson (1939) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Trembling Madness, York. Pours golden with an off white head. Mild citrusy fruit aroma. The taste is lightly spicey with pine notes. Some earthy undertones. Very good.
Moolesen (319) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl. Amber with a white creamy head. Strong flower hops and some citrus. Nice flavour, bitter without being over the top. Medium length