JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright amber with small white head, some lace. Grapefruit aroma, hops, citrus, inviting. Sharp citrus taste with dried grains, toast and chili pepper. Sharpish, burning MF, fizzy and long peppery finish. Bit aggressive, but I can dig the nice nose!
tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 12oz. bottle to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co. The color was a clear, deep gold/amber with decent off white foam to the head and clingy ribbons and spots of lacing. The aroma was grapefruit, sharp, resiny pine, a touch of caramel, and some light candi sweetness. The flavor added heavy malt and a strong hop bitterness that lasted well into the finish. A very potent Belgian style IPA. Next time, enjoyed on tap at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL.. Snifter served, more deep copper to the color, web-like, Belgian type lacing, and some musty peat to the aroma.
Chalsk (962) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep amber color with life. Has a thin head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel, and toffee with hints of banana. I would classify this as a mix between and Tripel and an 2IPA. Interesting but not lighting it up.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose on this one is fun...bubble gum, cherry, cookie, grapefruit...a little bit of everything! The flavor overwhelmingly bitter, but the belgian ale is evident enough. I found the light amber appearance a bit flat looking, but who could complain with this feast of aromas. My palate was quickly exhausted, so one’ll do!
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Vintage. Pours a dark gold with a thin head and aromas that hit with a bit of pine at first, but on second sniff it seems to have faded. Flavor has a lot of sweetness... Mostly toffee and butterscotch with some caramel. Hops come through as a herbal/medicinal medley with a touch of peach and grapefuit, but this doesn’t have a huge hop punch. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and there’s a touch of warmth as it settles across the palate.
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
mells like - medicine, clove, citric hops Taste - banana, herbal hops, nice level of balancing sweetness, a bit sour and mouth-drying, long bitter aftertaste. Big head, good initial carbonation. Slightly more ipa than belgian, but the belgian is definitely there, and so easy to drink for 8.3 abv. Excellent, refreshing.
Gmku (293) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes, good, very good, excellent, in fact. Seriously, I mean it. Excellent.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours out clear gold with a good hue producing a finger thick beige head that was pretty bubbly and fell at a medium rate. the body is a very clear sunset orange with a good amount of bubbles rising up. the aromas are piney and malty with good citrus notes and a nice malty backbone. it is medium bodied and really smooth. it is nicely sweet with an awsome balanced hop profile. it tastes like noted aromas and finishes really clean and very crisp. the aftertaste is bitter sweet and lasts for a little while. refreshing and very enjoyable.
mrhoppy (1180) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
When I saw the bottle I thought. Belgium IPA that will be weird. It was. We have all known a raging bitch in our lives. This was named appropriately. The smell is not good but given the style it is expected. The initial taste is Belgium up front and then finishes like a good IPA. Strange combo. Stinky feet, soapy, not sweet, citrus peel. bitter. Interesting but not enjoyable. Imagine a beer buddies on an ocean fishing trip and they are drinking Belgium’s and IPA’s but they forgot to bring water. Then they got lost. They drank all the beer. Then they got thirsty. Then they drank there urine to survive and this beer is what their urine tasted like.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange-gold pour with a loose, 1-finger, white head. The aroma has a really nice blend of the citrusy hops and Blegian esters. They work nicely together to create a great fresh, juicy grapefruit and honey character with a touch of clove and banana. The flavor again gets a nice dose of fresh citrus and bubble gum, a touch of catiness from the amarillo, and sweet honey from the malt. The finish is where it starts to go a little wrong though. Too much bitterness. The sharp pinyness doesn’t work well the the esters. The body is creamy and medium-full with soft carbonation.