TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy pale orange with edgy white froth. Nose is yeast, clove; or i guess actually cardamon, and coriander. Medium light, a bit oily, with a buzz. Taste is cardamon, yeast and candi. This was an odd one. Kind of a spiced tripel with the brandy coming out in the finish.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 750 ml) golden pour with a fizzy white head. Spice and cardamom dominate the aroma with a mild sweetness underneath. But for the most part, all you get is cardamom. Flavor is sweet and spicy with a ton of cardamom and a mild yeast base. Very spicy and earthy. Didn’t really get much of a brandy flavor in it however.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one in trade. Pours transparent gold with a receding white head. Nose is big cardamom all over it with hints of other spices, sweet malt, and some pepper with hints of booze and brandy. Flavor is similar with cardamom walking all over the flavor- behind it I get the sweetness of a golden ale with hints of brandy, booze, and more cardamom. Medium-bodied and ok overall.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by markwise, danka. Unique in flavor this wasn’t as hearty as I was expecting given the ABV and the belgian nature. Has a lot of stuff going on and I’d imagine it’d age well. Thumbs up.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 4/24/11 from a crown capped 750mL bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe. Pours hazy, very bright brassy golden with a very thick white head that slowly recedes to a thick and even blanket of lace. The nose is primarily cardamom, but there are also light hints of orange, honey, and vanilla. With agitation, there are notes of white pepper, hay malt, and earthy aromas. The flavor is more balanced with a somewhat sweet brandy richness, orange, cardamom, white pepper, earthy bitterness, and light vanilla oak. The body is medium with average, stinging carbonation and a long cardamom and rich, sweet, brandy finish.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Split with friends we pored the bottle into snifters and were greeted with a two finger white head that stuck around this was perched on top of a golden yellow bodied brew. The nose was sweet and spicy and it was nice enough that you enjoyed it every time you brought it to your nose. The flavor was a little bit of a mess. There is just a lot going on spices and sweet brandy sugars’. I remember thinking "Wow were is this beer going". It had a good body with ample carbonation. I must say I was a little disappointed with the collaboration between two of my favorite brewers but I do hope the collaborate on another one
Serving type: bottle
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle picked up by my father-in-law in Indiana. Served in a tulip.
Pours a light golden color with a slight bit of haze. Head is pretty short and falls quite quickly without leaving any lacing behind. The nose has some mild fruit esters, cardamom, and a bit of alcohol. A bit faint. Some mild wood as it warms up.
The taste is a bit more complex and fulfilling than the nose. The cardamom presence is clear and brigs a light spice. There is also some very mild fruit and some light esters. The wood and a bit of brandy character start to come through as well. The finish isn’t quite what I would like--a bit too spicy and dry. Drinks fairly well, though I was expecting a bit more from this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-23-2010
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light to mid amber with notes of cardamon spice. You get a number of fruits driving around such as candied cherries and pears. The finish is long and shows a hint of the ABV.
patrickfannon (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 24.5 oz. 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 burn. This is a decenty brewed, refreshing American take on the Belgian strong golden ale. Cheers.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: Draft at the Rehoboth brewpub. It pours a slightly hazy deep gold color. The nose is all cardamom. The flavor is sweet and a touch cloying, very heavy with cardamom. The brandy barrel doesn’t come through until the finish, but it’s a nice addition. A bit boozy. Light to medium body leading to a short, boozy finish. Good but not great.