Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber.
A: Pours deep golden, almost off-amber/orange with an dirty white head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice bubbly lace.
S: The cardamom is so pronounced it dominates the other smells but I do pick up some sweet sugary, grassy notes as well.
T: Again the cardamom hits you right away but it gets balanced out the typical Belgian sugar ale taste on the back end. The woody flavor is also present, but not as much as I would have liked.
M: Medium body with good carbonation that leaves an oily film over the mouth.
O: A good, but not great strong ale. I wish there was less floral and more ale, but it’s out of the realm of normal and something everyone has to try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-08-2011
johnnnniee (1820) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled in 2010
Pours a hazy medium golden color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates. Lots of floaties in the bottle and in my glass. Smells of spices mostly, I assume that strong in your face earthy herbal aroma is cardamom. There’s some orange peel and caramel, and yeasty esters that manage to get through, but honestly this smells more like grandma’s spice rack than a beer. The flavor doesn’t make this beer much better. There’s an initial sweet maltiness up front then we get the spice girls, then a bit of bready yeasty funk, a hint of grape skin and alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This is not the beer for me.
Patrickctenchi (2478) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear gold, small white head.
Slightly vegetal scent, heavily spiced.
Taste is softer.....cardamom...less harsh than aroma..some alcohol presents in backtaste.
OK, just a bit over-gimmicked.
shrubber85 (6505) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cardamom and eucalyptus aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Cardamom/cinnamon malt flavor with light bitter alcohol finish. Intensely spicy.
queenholly (2408) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Strong cardamom and light sweet aroma. Golden with a minimal white head, fine suspended sediment. Sweet malty and light cardamom flavor. Medium body, very dry finish. Cardamom was overpowering in the aroma, but more subdued and balanced in the flavor. Cardamom is such a strong flavored spice to begin with, and I think a light hand would have been in order. The cardamom dominated and kept other flavors from being able to shine through.
JoePeesie (848) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not sure how this was fresh, but I think it's drinking great right now. Pours a clean orange with a nice whit head. Minimal lacing. Nose and taste is big on the spice- cardamon- the oakiness shows well too. I also picked up some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The malts, yeast, and light hops all balance nicely making this an easy drinking delightful brew. this brew could go nicely with a "white" meat meal, fish, veggies, or even with ice cream or what not as a dessert beer.
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ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of spices and other fruity yeast esters, with some banana, cardamom, coriander, sweet bready malts, a bit of candi sugar, and some light oak.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet candi sugar with some fruity yeast esters, banana, coriander, cardamom, and a bit of bready malts. Through the middle, some more light fruity flavors come through with some oak and some more spices. The finish is a mix of some orange and lemon, with some more oak and vanilla flavor and a bit of brandy, yeast flavors, banana, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, dry, and lightly warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice BSPA with the Brandy Oak Barrel aging really adding some great complexity to the beer while still keeping balance.
PhillyCraft (2568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Courtesy of Annie, Pours slightly clear straw yellow with a glowing orange tint and a lacy, wispy white head covering the surface. Aroma of bubblegum, bananas, cinnamon, Belgian candied sugars, vanilla and oaky rum. The caramom is very evident in the flavor, as well as strongly sweet, peppery, and chamomile tea-like dry tastes in the finishes. Lingering sweetness and slight minty burn. This is a decently brewed, refreshing American take on the Belgian strong golden ale but I would much rather have the other half of this collab..PopSkull brewed at Three Floyds.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pale hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is spices, cardamom, cinnamon, with some notes of brandy and citrus. The taste is much like the nose with some woodiness, medium sweetness, very spicy, and medium bitterness. Overall, it’s ok but you’d expect more from these two breweries.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/17/2010. On tap in a tulip at Fountainhead for ’Extraordinary Beer’ night.
Poppaskull is a mostly transparent, robust golden color. A fluffy 3 cm white head forms upon pouring and retains nicely, especially considering the high ABV. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass.
Wow. The cardamom just erupts into the nose, even on tap. Yeasty Belgian spice, brandy, a bit of oak, and soft hops provide the aromatic support.
This starts out with a consistency and sweetness like tea with honey. The cardamom is incredibly strong and dominates the other Belgian spices. While apparent, I would prefer a bit more balance, although the cardamom is a great flavor as well. Some light caramel sweetness interacts well with the brandy flavors, which are apparent from the brandy barrel aging. Lightly bitter at the end, there is also a bit of an alcohol bite, not surprising given the 10% ABV.
Right away I notice the silky smooth carbonation. There is a slight dryness that is generally present in the Belgian strong pale ales, which works well with these flavors. A medium body, but that is fuller than most other beers of the style.
I really appreciate how unique the flavor of this beer is with the huge cardamom presence, but the novelty eventually wears off. I think I might be able to rate it even higher if thecardamom was touched down a notch and the whole batch was barrel aged, as opposed to one third of it. To me, that would allow the brandy flavors to stand out a little bit more. Definitely a great beer, though, and one I would order again.