PhillyCraft (3071) - 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.
superspak (2411) - 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 (1475) - 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 (4409) - 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, I’ve 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 hasn’t been kind to it or the brew just wasn’t stored at an optimal temperature, but meh - this was just underwhelming.
Now don’t 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 (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don’t 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 (2165) - 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 aren’t working together.
waolsen (1353) - 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.