MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Monk’s Cafe. Cloudy yellow. Aroma of yeast, Pears and herbal hops. Flavor is mostly sweet, with a bitter finish. Medium body.
pivnizub (9400) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Hazy, golden coloured, small, stable creamy off-white head; giant intensive floral to resinous hoppy nose, gulp...! Soft MF; the flavour is an explosion of dry bitterness; lingering floral-aromatic-bitter-dry finish, balanced by a little sweetness. Chapeau ! Beautiful ! Why can’t other belgian brewers use these beautiful hops..................
Beerdedone (2978) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle sampled with stegosaurus pours a golden yellow with a medium head aroma of fruity hops & spices taste is sweet and very hoppy with a bitter but not unpleasant finish
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 A golden pale ale that almost looks like a pils. Light, dry and hoppy. But I must say: not as hoppy as advertised. Hoppy for a Belgian ale, yes. Hoppy for an IPA or American pale ale? You decide. It was somewhat bitter for me, but not XX bitter. Maybe one X bitter. A nice, dry ale--even now I’d like another--but less sharp than I’d hoped, that’s all.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
well carbonated with a slight white head and a golden color. the taste starts a little malty and finishes with a strong hoppy bitter flavor that does have some complexities. not all that well balanced. good beer overall
ekstedt (6024) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Bottle. Golden & cloudy appearance with a long-ending white foam. Aroma strongly dominated by citrus hops, along with some tropical fruit maltiness and some yeast. Wonderful bitter aftertaste.
DarkMagus (473) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy, bright golden-yellow color. Pure white head, settling down but not completely disappearing. Strangely sweet and malty aroma, with some interesting hop qualities... also a bit of citrusy and soapy elements. Extremely pronounced hop flavors, on top of a malty, sweet, Belgian-yeast base. Some citrus, flowers, spices, and some vague woody smokiness. Very astringent, bitter finish. Definitely a refreshing change from the typical ultra-sugary Belgian beers. Interesting, complex, a bit odd... but definitely worth drinking again.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, and the best before date is not notched out. Oh well.
Pours a slightly hazy pale, straw-like color with a good two fingers worth of foam that fades slowly to a solid cap. The lacing is broken and in quite large chunks.
Smell; very earthy hops in this one, with some vague hints of citrus. There’s a touch of pepper in here as well.
Taste; as with the nose, the hops have a very earthy feel to them, but the citrus is a little bit more pronounced, and comes off lemony. A bit of caramel malts are present to go along with the peppery spices. Initially the hops and crbonation came off as a bit harsh But as this gets warmer, the hops become more floral, and the carbonation smooths out a lot.
Mouthfee/Drinkabiity; as I said above, at first this was a bit harsh with the carbonation, but that settled down to become pretty smooth, with medium body. The drinkability ends up pretty very good on this one.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a large beer goblet, it is a cloudy straw color. Gallons of white foam spurt everywhere. Now I am patiently waiting for the foam to die back. This might take a while...
Aaaargh - now foam is oozing out of the top of the bottle. I pour more beer into the glass, resulting in more foam in the glass, and a longer wait. Hang on, the bottle’s spurting again...
Finally! On to the beer! The aroma is hoppy, and also a bit pungeant - almost but not quite like a sour lambic.
The flavor - a Belgian with hops. Lots of hops. A surprising amount of hops (for a Belgian). A prominent noble hop spice up front almost hides a light malt presence. A sharp, tart, and spicy flavor in the finish lasts a good long time. A little light in the body, perhaps.
jason (1736) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a two finger foamey head. Great look. Aroma is very peppery and reminds me of Fantôme BBB Dark White. Flavor is full of yeast and spice. Pretty smooth. Hoppy Belgian. Decently carbonated.