chicowv (452) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber: Pours light orange with a light white head. Seemed light for a tripel. Aroma is sour, slightly grassy hops and bready yeast. Taste is peaty, slightly smoky. Complex with nice malt and good balance. Slightly bitter on the finish.
MarkSachon (435) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle from Halftimebeverage.com delivered to Pittsburgh of all places. Shared with my wife and her girlfriend, both of whom were excited to see the inclusion of yerba mate, a favorite tea of theirs. None of us could really detect a strong presence of tea flavorings and I sense they were slightly disappointed overall. Me too. For a premiere series brew with a great apocalyptic theme, Elysian is off with an average and ho-hum start.
trujahwarrior (405) - Monroe, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that fades quickly and leaves hardly any lacing. Smells of biscuits and light Belgian yeast. Tastes likewise with some tropical flavors and has a semi tart aftertaste I’m assuming from the yerba mate. Mouthfeel is very light with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this was kind of dissapointing for a tripel. I don?t think yerba mate and Belgian yeast mix well together. Not terrible just not what I expected.
AxlLives (281) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours orange-gold, small white head, nice lacing and retention. Very faint nose of spice, barnyard, dough, and fruit. Perhaps when it warms up more will show. Medium palate, unexceptional taste. Plain beer festival brew flavors, little bit of banana and slight clove, pepper on the back end. Ok, not as good as the label art (Charles Burns’ ill illustration).
PacNWDad (64) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an ale mug. Rich golden color. The slightest bit of cloudiness - is there a secondary fermenation? One finger of head on the pour, dissipates fairly quickly, but a bit lingers for quigte some time. Not much lace on the sides of the glass - just a few dots here and there. Aroma is different than I would expect. Some malted barley. Some esters and phenols, somewhat like papaya. Some grassy notes. Flavor is reminiscient of Duvel - rich and sweet, with some of the earthy almost peaty flavor I get with a Belgian blonde. Decent amount of hops from the boil, perhaps the herbal qualities of the yerba mate as well, means it finishes dry, almost astringent. Rich body, with mild carbonation. Overall, a fun beer and I am looking forward to the next installment from one of my favorite local Seattle breweries.
joeyray700 (15) - motley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured clear copper color with nice beige head. Nice clean fruity aroma. Very clean well balanced hoppy taste. Nice clean mouth feel. Overall a good beer but nothing great.
Flashpoint (1) - - SEP 9, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft pint. Smells distinctly belgian with fruit and spice notes, but there is a green vegetal note from the mate, almost no ethyl, low esters. Bright golden lending to a slight carmel hue, delicate foam, nearly no lacing. Rich up front, faint sugar and tropical fruit flavors, pleasantly fizzy, the mate comes through in a big way almost taking overtaking the pepper notes midswallow, earthy and green, finishes dry and bitter, both hop and tea bitterness with a hint of lingering grass and loam.
Yes, I will definitely be having another pint.