miguelblanco (13) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gift bottle from friend - he bought from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a bright white puffy head that lingers. Lacing is scant but ornate. Aroma stinks (in a great way) of yeasty hoppy goodness. A touch of the funk, if you will.
Clear bubbly and golden - almost seems to give off light it is so bright.
The taste is not as bitter as I expected. Nothing to punch me in the mouth anyway. Definitely get that hop pop, but the grassy and citrus flavors really donít overpower this lovely drinkable ale.
Itís complex enough to be appreciated by beer lovers, but approachable enough to be an introductory beer for your new-to-real-beer friends and relatives. The finish is crispier than most goldens, but not so much as to make you make clicking sounds with your mouth after drinking.
Iíd buy this beer every time I see it and Iíd drink it that day - not sure itíll age well at all.
traviske (1) - - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lekkere bittere smaak met een hint van citrus. Ik drink het nu van het vat en er zou wat meer spuit mogen zijn.
chefseanjudd (28) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I read a review of this beer which described it as orval with everything turned up to 11. I disagree. This beer is orval with the bitterness turned up to 11 and none of the nuance. Perhaps with a few more months in the bottle it could be better but the intense bitter finish would take some getting used to.
Iznogud (565) - CROATIA - JUL 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Pours hazy golden with white head. Hoppy fruit aroma and flavor. Dry bitterish finish. Not your typical Belgian, but nice.
flying_pig (898) - SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Tonnes of yeast & floral notes upfront, subtle hops as well & plenty of fruits coming through. Apples, some pear, lemon & orange all feature with plenty of pepper & spice backing them up. The smell wasnít the strongest initially but at the same time it wouldnít be considered weak either, the balance seemed good. I got some grain & a slight touch of alcohol with plenty of bitterness.
Slightly cloudy, bright amber to orange with a 1cm, foamy white head that holds well. Head retention is good with it reducing slightly to hold at just under half a cm & covers the surface of the beer, with plenty of bubbles rising to the top too.
Spicy with a very bitter taste that was only hinted at in the aroma, the taste goes well beyond that with some hops coming through too. The yeast from the nose featured strongly here as well with some pepper & a few fruits like apple & pears.
Smooth with solid, high carbonation & a medium body. The beer is a very dry & sharp tasting one with an intensely bitter finish.
I wasnít too sure about this one really, I quite enjoyed the aroma & how the taste started out but I wasnít a fan of the incredibly bitter finish to the beer. Despite the fact that the name should have been an indication, nothing in the smell prepared me for just how bitter the taste of this one would end up. Drinkable but not one Iíll go back to.
witthatsbier (204) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a yellowish cloudy with thin white head
aroma is dry grain with citric
taste is powerful bitter with lemon notes and long bitter finish
top rate beer very bitter for a belgian ale,a little less bitter on draught
kryon (1324) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy yellow low white head
Aromas of citrus, cilantro, grass, bread
Taste has nice citrusy tone with a good bitter ending
yy0pp (506) - - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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Timvim (46) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home 20140626. Pours clear golden with a nice long lasting head. Aroma is floral,malt, and some high alcohols. Taste is Clean and bitter, pilsner malt with a crust hop bite. Some tones of belgian yeast esters lingers in the end. Nice and refreshing.
minutemat (1286) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours slightly cloudy yellow with decent white head. Fresh spice, hay and citrus aroma. Massive hop bitterness in the taste with a touch of yeast and a dry finish.
Smalle (85) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy aroma, but not very fruity. Floral.
Taste: bitter, hops, grapefruit, although everything is a bit more toned down than in the XXX.
Good beer, but a bit less interesting than the XXX in my opinion.