superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled 05/2010. Pours cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger fariyl dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, grape, coriander, ginger, biscuit, pepper, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, grape, pear, pepper, coriander, oak, bread, light ginger, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of apricot, citrus, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors, with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Smooth drinking for 9.5%, with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale style. Nice complexity and flavor balance; with smooth drinking for the alcohol level.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours hazy light orange no head. aroma of orange and spice. taste of sweet orange and oak.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split a 750ml bottle. After having the Three Floyds version of this collaboration brew, Popskull, Iíve had high hopes for this one for some time. I finally got to sit down and drink one and well, damn. What a disappointment. Perhaps father time hasnít been kind to it or the brew just wasnít stored at an optimal temperature, but meh - this was just underwhelming.
Now donít get me wrong, the beer was adaquate, it was drinkable and even perhaps a bit above average but it was nothing like the experience that I had with Popskull. Gone is the dark amber/clear brown color, as well as the malts, chocolate, caramel, touches of fruit, roast, and oak character. This was just... boring. Oh well.
Poured a light orange color, with a moderate white head. Aroma was sweet malts, residual sugars.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cellar aged bottle purchased at FFF when it was new. Pours hazy gold with storong, dense head. Aroma is coriander, tons of herbs, honey, orange and lemon peel, ginger. Taste is super syrupy (in a good way) and includes all of the smells but with a hint of tanginess and umami. Body is dense, low carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel, dry herbal floral finish. Overall, this is an incredibly complex yet drinkable ale which has aged very well.
beersearcher (2165) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I donít know if I would call this a Belgian Strong but it was really good. Light and effervescent. Light touch with the spice and some wood notes in there too. But all nicely balanced.
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy golden body with a fizzy white head. Spicey aroma of cardamom, toasted grain and alcohol. Hint of wood. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Tart, dry finish. Taste of cardamom and lemon along with strong alcohol, brandy in the finish. The spice and brandy notes arenít working together.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks Geoff. Clear, golden pour with thin white lasting head. Awesome herbal aroma. This is awesome. Herbs and spice and everything nice.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25oz bottle. Pours out a medium golden hue, fluffy white head. Really decent aromas, some wood from the oak aging, but the spices really dominate to null out any distinctive fruit iím getting. Palate is a little boozy in the finish, some candied fruit up front leaving sweetness, and the mid palate is a little cloyed with some wood flavor. Not bad, better than I expected for some reason.
justinwmaynard (14) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow... Iím kinda surprised this beer doesnít get the recognition it truely deserves. Perhaps itís because Three Floyds delivered this fresh to my local watering hole.. this is by far one of my favorites.The cardamom flavor truely separates itself from the competition. The oak brandy flaor is very distinctive, which escaltes the over-all taste of the cardamom. Medium body beer with a long finish, tasting multiple fruity notes. I want a pint right now!
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of cardamom, vanilla, honey, brandy, and alcohol. Taste of a ton more cardamom, vanilla, honey, and alcohol. The cardamom really killed this for me.