Ratman197 (11520) - 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.
Lubiere (11377) - 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.
jtclockwork (11248) - , 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.
BeerandBlues2 (10909) - San Diego, California, 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.
daknole (10346) - 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.
adnielsen (10145) - 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.
hopdog (10105) - 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.
mcberko (10069) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, sent from coryking (thanks a lot, Cory), pours a hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out the cardamom, lots of berries, some earth and subtle brandy oak notes. Flavour is subtler on the cardamom, at least at first, revealing lots of berry / fruit juice, candied sugar and slight oak, but the barrels are very far back. Extremely fruity, with the berries dominating. Quite sweet and not overly complex, with the cardamom and fruity sweetness lingering on the finish. Decent.
crossovert (9737) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a nice golden color with a foamy white head that billows up pretty high. It sticks for a bit and recedes but with not too much lacing.
Cardamom dominates the smell, though there is enough complexity coming from the oak and brandy. It also has a huge spicy Belgian yeast character and some medicinal/herbal hops.
The flavor is sweet with more of the brandy/oak flavor coming through. There is a huge fruitiness and the cardamom/yest spice.
The cardamom might be a little overused here, but all-in-all not a bad brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-22-2010 02:58:42
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, 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.