ShabbyX (4) - Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells sort of like a summer farm or garden with 3 days of sun after a good rain- reminiscent of the native Belgium (as opposed to domestic attempts) Saisons (p.s. oh beer website, fix your text box so it doesn’t underline saison as a spelling error).
Appearance - is this ’to style’? Looks like a typical IPA/APA- wouldn’t mind a bit more legs/body, but kind of admire the impudence of an 8.5’er posing as a regular ole ale.
Tastes real good! Honestly, dangerously drinkable, with more subtlety and balance than most of the west coast IPAs manage.
Palate - light and maybe a little too thin when it gets warmed up. Carbonation is on par with other American pale ales / ipas. Finish is a quick, a little astringent.
Overall - I like it very much and thinks it’s the most creative thing to happen to West-Coast style IPAs in a while. would like to see them get a bit more body to an 8.5 percent-er. I can see the esters freaking people out but the hops completely balances if the beer is at American serving temperatures.
degbert (965) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle. Nose is citrus and pine, but with a strong -- and it seems typical -- overtone of band-aid or latex. Color is a dark gold-brown with a pillowy, custardy head that lasts a very long time. Taste -- you get the pine and citrus that you expect, but there’s also an odd fruity overtone, something like green grapes. Palate is somewhat thin, with quickly disappearing carbonation. Not as good as I had hoped.
asheft (2421) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle from bierzwerg.de]
Complex aroma of mixed citrus and pine together with some pineapple, peach, and spicy herbs reminiscent of a Belgian trippel. Very nearly clear copper under a thin, clingy, white sheet. Blast of bitter grapefruit/pine hops up front that develops into a woody, Orval-like bitterness that lingers a bit on the tongue together with some spicy caramel. Pineapple and peach accents. Medium body, medium carobonation, medium bitter finish.
travita (3651) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The look is cloudy, whitish head, and golden in color. The smell is orange, spice, pine, citrus, and caramel. The taste is spices, hops, fruits, pine, and caramel.
charlotte (3910) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Dark golden colour with creamy white head.Aroma is nice fruity and bitter with taste of fruits and hops.Flavor is well bitter of lime and greapfruits,still well balanced with dry finish.
probstblueribbon (2701) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl oz bottle from Party Srouce (Syracuse), served cool in a tulip glass. Lot 193FX10.
App.: Clear amber with a nice light tan foam.
Aroma: Aggressive piney, resinous hops, there’s an odd, petroleum, oily note, spicy and dank, very slightly funky and bright, some citrus, caramel/toffee malts in the background, blood oranges, a touch estery, an ode to hops.
Palate: Medium body with sparse effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of spicy, piney, dank hops, more esters than the nose, more caramel/toffee than the nose but much less than your average American IPA, a bit dusty, some light yeast notes; off-dry with considerable bitterness than sticks around and a blood orange-citrus slight malty finish.
Marry me, you raging bitch.
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
enjoyed with katie quinn. she made a funny face but i likeit. aroma of strong dry hops. pour is clear amber with nice head. flavor is hopolicous.
Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber with a lasting white head, leaving lace. Hoppy aroma, herbal and fruity with a bunch of peach. Flavour of exotic fruit and hops. Very bitter with a hint of tobacco leaf in the finish. A very tasty and easy drinking beer.
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Surely one of the great beer names....Good looking orange colour with a nice white head. Pukka piney resinous hop nose with a healthy dose of fruitiness. Creamy mouthfeel. Top notch flavour.... slightly sweet, with grapefruit, warming booze, caramel malt, then drying out nicely. Great bitterness. Thoroughly enjoyable and a cracking amalgamation of styles.
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Unclear copper colour. Nice white creamy head. Lovely ripe fruity, malty, caramel, hoppy aroma (cat piss according to Pinball.....). Good mouthfeel indeed. Very pleasant fruity hoppy, bitter, malty, caramel , bit citrus flavour. Dry bitter well lasting fruity hoppy finish.