BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch #23 (a good batch number for American made BGSAs). Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a large and lasting white head that stays. Tight bubbles, good lace. Aromas of isoamyl acetate (banana esters), mildly musty, black pepper, apple, clove, alcohol, phenols (complex and strong). Bready and biscuity malt, macaroons, elderflower, light hops (floral and spicy), good smelling Belgian Golden Strong. Smells like fresh Duvel; pretty textbook. Flavors are a touch sweet (possibly a bit too much at the start). Bready, biscuity, mild esters, herbal hops up front, yeast notes that are mostly phenolic (peppery) and a bit musty. Tastes like a Duvel clone to me. Clove, dry pear and orange peel. Medium-lively bubbles, dry, mildly fruity, lower body. Pretty much spot on for the BJCP version of the style; tastes like Duvel.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange/yellow. Thin white head. Apple and vanilla aroma. I can’t quite see how this became the base of so many variations on a theme. Vanilla in the flavor with some yeasty hefeweizen notes as well. Quite good.
mikem409 (1560) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at union. Pouts hazy fold no head sweet aroma and very malty creamy mouth feel little stone fruit taste
BelgianBeerGal (3230) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Last bottle at Dayton Ale Feat but I have no idea what release. My 1B favorite of the night. Classic and true-to-form Belgian strong ale. Nice sweet malt notes balanced with some yeast and spice. Pleasant.
notalush (4961) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Crank n Stein in Fort Collins - a fairly sweet Belgian, with strong banana notes, light pepper and some starchy notes - hints of pepper and boiled rice - quite sweet and strongly peppery - meh.
daknole (9416) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Epic tap takeover at WF in Phoenix. Nice gold pour, white head. Banana, cloves, angel food cake, candy sugar, yeasty aromas. Sweet flavor, some nice spice, banana, gum, cake batter. Nice stuff.
libertine (223) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours golden slightly cloudy with a white head and very little lacing.aroma of malt,clove and banana.flavours are same as aromas.full bodied with medium carbonation and a very malty finish.middle of the road and for the price worth experiencing
DrSilverworm (6817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Sample at the 2012 Cincinnati Brew-haha. A nice, faded yellow color. Little off-white head. Tangy sweetness. Spicy, citrusy aroma. Lighter, and crisp carbonation. Nice spicier aftertaste, easy to drink. An enjoyable Belgian-style. 7 / 3 / 6 / 4 / 13
Re-rate from a nitro pint, 2/10/13: 8.8% ABV. Totally cloudy golden yellow color. Thin white head leaves good, thick lace. Bigger body. Smooth, light carbonation makes this go down easy. No lingering viscosity or syrupy texture. Spicy citrusy hop aroma. Belgian yeast. Some banana in the finish. Sweeter taste. Interesting yeast characteristic on this one. Solid American take on a belgian.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled this at The Dabbler yesterday. Quite pleasant and true to style, but still not on the same level as the authentic belgians.
malrubius (1817) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release 17. 8.5%. Golden with ring. Herbal bready apricot aroma. Fruity sweet apricot nearing syrupy with assertive lingering spicy bitterness. Too bitter and too full-bodied for the delicate style. Still, pretty good.