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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This golden Belgian ale will mystify you with its medium body, its subtle malt and hop profiles, and its complex blend of spices. Fruit flavors, produced by a special strain of Belgian yeast, combine with Belgian candied sugar, chamomile, grains of paradise, and cardamom to create an unfiltered ale so intriguing, you’ll never want to get to the bottom of the mystery ... or your glass.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Draft @ The Mills (ABV - 5.5%) - Dark hazed gold, creamy white head. Fresh flowers and cinnamon earth aromas ride lighter waves of white peppered apples and ginger. Great complexity for a lower ABV. Well balanced spiced florals and hints of fruity earth flavors round to quick dry finish. Never sweet and super drinkable for this type of beer. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. I love when a brewer steps away from the norm to bring out the creative side of the spectrum, and ends up doing it very well without a doubt. Great stuff...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Draft pours golden in color with a slight haze and a good thick head. Major aroma of orange this year. Medium body with some fruit and a bit of bitterness in the beginning. Nice body and easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2009
On tap @ Bel Air location. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Spicy aroma. Taste is caramel malt and more spice. Very smooth and easy to drink. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2008 Draft @ Arundel Mills. Pours a hazy, bright orange color; solid off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing; nice, bright pour. Loads of soft, well-integrated spicing in the aroma; picked out grains of paradise, and something that seemed like ginger; Jim mentioned there’s cardamom (definitely) and chamomile; very nicely integrated, soft-edged spice profile; touches of orange peel. Lively carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, orange-tinged maltiness and loads of soft spicing; cardamom, grains of paradise, suggestions of ginger (maybe this is chamomile; maybe I need to drink more tea); lightly toasted malts and the slightest touch of orange-tinged sweetness; nicely spiced, very drinkable Belgian ale. Enjoyed this quite a lot. Medium finish: loads of lightly toasted malts, breadiness, and soft, lingering spices.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3756) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Cinnamon, clove, cherry, and malt nose. Clear copper, thin head. Soft mouthfeel. Light allspice flavor, neutral malt. Alcohol not terribly noticeable. Strange but in a good way.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Slightly hazy nice deep copper coloured body with a orange and almost ruby glow wiht a fast-dying, soda-like tan head about a centimetre tall. Aroma of crazy stuff, like cardamom, aniseed, fennelseed, lavender, basil, coriander seed and a bunch of caster sugar and plenty of yeast - pungent smells. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strongish spice notes up front that fade after one or two seconds, tops, showing a ton of yeast, a lot of wheat and other lighter malts and a bit of a sweetness from plain caster sugar. Aftertaste is less complex than I assumed from the smell, but a nice different beer, bordering more on this style than anything else. Overall, within this style it’s average as best, but as a biere de garde, I’d give it a much better ’try to find’ review if you really enjoy the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$1.79 sampled at home in Washington on 21-October-2012.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (918) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2013
Aromas of cardamom, tea, grains of paradise, floral hops, and lemon. Golden copper with decently lasting, white head foam. Dry, floral, herbaceous, and with a snappy bitterness. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, spicy, and finishes with a clean citrusy and earthy flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2755) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Cloudy orange yellow color with a white head. Aroma of cinnamon, orange, yeast, and caradamom. Taste is yeast, cinnamon, cardamom, and some citrus sweetness. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gizmo_ber (157) - - JUL 7, 2012
Dark amber pour, strong spicy aroma with hard hitting taste, but smooth finish. Very interesting, but not sure I really like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours a caramel color. Smell is a bit spicy. Taste is spices, ginger and cardamon, a touch of fruit. Overall a unique beer.


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