Rastacouere (6145) - 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.
ElManana (653) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought at Geers. Not an aroma that jumps out the bottle. Mild citrus, mango and pineapple. Taste is quite sweet, malty base, mango and hoppy aftertaste. Nice!
andrepintado (1682) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from cerveteca Lisboa. Dark gold color. Thin white head. Taste is medium high bitter. Nice low sweetness. Medium body, light sticky. Finishes long and dry. Aroma is herby, floral, hoppy, citric, orange.
Icedwarf (499) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Troebel lichtbruin bier met schuim. Smaak is hoppig bitter, peer, citrus en aardbei. Erg goed bier met gemiddelde afdronk.
SimplySike (1018) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear yellow with white head.
Aroma citrus, pine, peach, caramel.
Taste fresh citrus bitter, caramel sweets.
Lodgewick (29) - Finland, Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Hazy orange colour with white fluffy lasting head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, sweet malts, fruit and a note of alcohol. Taste is mainly yeast and malts with mild woody and grapefruit bitter ending. Clean and pure taste but nothing special though. Palate is medium and carbonation as it should be. Enjoyable drink.
Deu (813) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours golden with an average, lacing off-white head. Aroma of citrus, peach and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A nice Belgian IPA.
Ontape (424) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, best by 2/16. Pours a murky but shiny gold with tons of white head. Bready malts and citrus hops on the nose. Taste shares these qualities with some interesting yeast notes. Drinks light to medium bodied with a hoppy, sticky finish. A nice change of pace.
fkoolen (419) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Slightly hazy orange colour, foamy white head; lots of sediment. Tropical and citrus fruity nose and taste, nice bitterness, soft, sweet and creamy malts. Body’s a bit too thin, mouthfeel and aftertaste are nicely dry, relatively high carbonation. Decent Belgian-style IPA.
Erasmus_ro (1591) - Alabama, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, BBE 12/15. Pours a light orange with a good, white head. Aroma is a lot of fruitiness, hoppiness. Lemon, citrus, some grapefruit. Taste is along the same lines. Green hops, citrus and grapefruit. Dry and bitter, light pine. Some caramel on the finish. Stiff finish. Fairly full with medium carbonation. Just superb.
Serapac (181) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very murky orange, medium white head, not much of lacing. Aroma, limes, hops. Medium light body, taste grapefruit.
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