3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 Bottle conditioned 33cl last in stock from the Belgian Beer Shop in Leuven. Hazy gold with a billowy, lasting head. Bottled February 2014, I was worried about the state but the first sniff removed any doubt.
Sharp lemon-pepper and cheese rind and dried flower petals scream Saaz. House strain character in full effect, cobwebs and dust aromas that trigger nostalgic memories. Pithy / rind-like lemon, oily in the mouth, seemingly juicy but oh-so dry. Malt has a salty baked baguette quality... Lush and full mouthfeel. The gripping dryness makes you salivate endlessly... gulps are necessary and one bottle will absolutely not satisfy. Beautiful pour, intoxicating aroma, bracing dryness in the way of Taras Boulba, punch in the fucking face by brutally seductive hops... I’m surprised but I’m not surprised. Yvan de Baets does it again.
thewolf (11148) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @De Hopduvel, Gent. Pours murky pale yellow with a large, frothy, white head. Aroma has lovely zesty citrus, oranges, grapefruit, very fresh. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, very grassy hoppy bitter, grapefruit, zesty, some green apple. Lingering bitterness. Nice and elegant.
guitarhero (23) - Dante’s hell, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good pale ale in the belgian style with american hops,citric and refreshing. Nice
SrSilligoose (3243) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. very soft earthy pear skin. foggy musty forest. wet hay. bit of white grape fruit. taste brings forth moderate to heavy herbal wet grass bitterness. soft fresh baked bread dough malts. more bitterness than taras boulba, less bitterness than crushable saison. rustic. softer version of crushable saison it would seem. edges rounded out. more of a hoppy belgian ale essence. though still a touch too much grassy bitterness on that dry lingering finish. still petes fine.
lusikka (6176) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden colour with a large foamy head. Aroma of toffee, floral notes and nice herbal notes. Flavour of strong floral bitterness, chewy citrus, pine, grass and mild bready maltiness. Very litle sweetness here. Light bodied and lively carbonation. Dry, bitter, floral finish. Quaffable.
Stine (1525) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dense, dandelion yellow. Pineapple, dust, minerals and flowers in the aroma; distant, and calm.
Sly flavor occasionally offers little bursts of hops against the enveloping, rocky dryness of the yeast.
The oats seem to create a surprisingly deep texture here; at such a low abv it seems absurd that the thing is so full. Finishes dry as shit, very quietly.
Ragnampiza (372) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from Birra + served in a shaker glass. Light and pale canary yellow, pretty hazy, with a decent, creamy and persistent white head. Very hoppy as soon as the cap was off, but quite volatile. Bready, grassy and malty smell, just a little hint of cardboard in the far background. Nice herbal bitterness, light astringency, very dry and crisp. Little yeast influence, fruity and grassy aftertaste. Average carbonation, light to medium body, creamy texture. I wanted to like it more, it’s a very good beer, no doubts about that, but I was expecting a bit more. Solid overall.
poech73 (176) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blanche IPA ou blonde amère à l’avoine? Un peu des deux. A l’œil: belle robe paillée au col mousseux épais et persistant. Au nez, fortes effluves de houblon à cru adoucies de senteurs céréalière lactées, levure. En bouche, corps fluet, très agréable à boire où l’avoine apporte une touche lacté et l’orge un pointe un peu plus maltée, sur le mielleux. Comme toujours chez De La Senne, l’arrière-goût est super : longue amérisation sur des notes minérales et herbacées qui rend la langue sèche et le palais huileux. En plus l’avoine apporte une douceur moelleuse qui rend la dégustation toujours trop courte, accompagné d’un petit fruité rendu par la levure. Chouette!
aleigator (197) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sunny-yellow, haze, big white head. Floral aromas, belgium yeast, and fresh hops. Hops shine really through, very bitter, green apples, along with grass, malt and yeast - nice complexity. Smooth, dry mouthfeel. Yeast add slickness, malts sweetness, keeping the beer balanced, as the hops are raw and aggressive. Long, dry aftertaste, citrus hoppiness.
jfb (3745) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) pours a murky golden-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of herbal hops and yeast, with some light cactus juice, black pepper and green apples. flavour is more of the same, powdered sugar, floral hops and apricots, with a semi-dry finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.