Lubiere (9736) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed golden ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, a fruity esters, honey, oxidation present. In mouth, a smooth sweet malt, spices, honey, past date? On tap at Belgian Beer Fest, Sept. 10 2011.
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of cardomom, pear, citrus, vanilla and light oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cardomom, vanilla, fruittiness, straw and light oak with a smooth lingering fruity finish. Popskull was better.
BeerandBlues2 (9359) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours hazy yellow with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, cookie, meal, cereal), light hops (herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pepper, coriander, ginger, and cardamom. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, grainy, hay, straw), average hops (herbal, floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pepper, honey, ginger, and cardamom. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Cheeky Monk. Pours a slightly hazy red-orange appearance. Spicy Belgian aroma with orange peel and a strong cardamom smell (smelling similar to my girlfriend’s Christmas cookies). Spicy, fruity Belgian flavor. Light body with orange peel, cardamom, and maybe coriander (it could just be the cardamom). Spicy, fruity, light Belgian ale finish. The spiciness covers up the alcohol though I’m not completely sold on the flavor. As with other Dogfish Head beers, very interesting beer even if it’s not my favorite.
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep gold pour. Lots of fruit, toffee and a big hit of cardamom. Flavor is sweet, fruity, candi sugar, light bitterness.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. Deep golden pour with an averaged sized head. Lots of cardamon with wood, citrus and fruitiness. A little too spicy for me.
GT2 (8163) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a healthy, white head with good retention and very nice lace.
In my notes I have here, "Smells like Christmas bullshit." I’m going to interpret that as wrapping paper, plastic, Christmas tree pine, and attic cedar. There are also notes of mint, lemon, spicy tamarind candies, and something odd that has been replaced by: "Christmas bullshit." The taste is mint, big alcohol, big sugary sweetness. Pretty much an under attenuated mess. Herbal spices try to restrain 9.5% abv and big candi unfermentables. Diabetic bomb.
jtclockwork (7899) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Nose/taste of cardamom, orange peel, vanilla, oak, burnt sugar, beet sugar, ginger, citrus and bready lemony malt. Some brandy/alcohol in finish. Medium body.
shrubber85 (7293) - 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.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Poured clear, bright golden with a tight-bubbled white head.. seemingly lower viscosity. The aroma picked up a whole bunch of cardamom, peppery alcohol, and oak over a base of medium-skinned fruits (some meat and some skin) plus a hint of green raisin.. warm impression.. intriguing stuff. The flavor found minimally sweet fruits and a little honey at the core.. tart fruit skins, black peppery and banana-ey yeast (reminded me of Westmalle yeast, but it’s been a while), and cardamom laced throughout.. oak dried out and spiced up the finish.. warmed up the belly. Medium-bodied and well carbonated on the palate.. tangy and engaging the whole way through.. tasty stuff.