NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Equinox. Cloudy yellow-orane appearance with a fairly small white head. Yeasty, slightly wild, sweet Belgian ale nose with noted hoppiness. Flavor is even more hoppy with some pininess. Yeasty, citrusy, barnyard Belgian ale flavor. Bitter hoppy yet Belgian ale aftertaste. Interesting brew.
ScorpyX (18) - USA - MAR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
App: Golden peach. Very cloudy. Two-finger head pour.
Ar: Hoppy smell with spicy, floral notes.
T: Bitter and hoppy like one would expect. A fruity, almost apple taste. A strong sour taste follows with more malts emerging on the swallow.
P: High carbonation. Crisp but heavy.
A little too heavy for me to have multiple. One of the beers of the style Iíve enjoyed quite a bit, though.
This beer was created by Homebrewer of the Year Remi Bonnart and sold for a limited time at Equinox. Though if they ever bring him back to brew it again, Iíll be there.
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a clear golden-copper color with a thin, dense white head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of dusty, doughy yeast, honey, dried fruits (tangerine, apricots), and a more citrusy, earthy hoppiness with some light pine. Smooth, lightly tart citrus entry leads into a doughy yeastiness with soft hints of citrus fruit leads into a spicy, crisp finish paired with some moderately resiny, earthy, bitter hops. Crisp, biting carbonation that does a good job of complimenting the flavors. Overall, this is a solid example of a meld between a Belgian and IPA that produces a nice beer with some depth and an inviting crispness.