carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at saraveza. rich orange color with a strongly bitter without being toxic. Invigorating
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Who knows what El Diablo yeast is? Whatever it is it certainly imparts what would be expected from a Belgian yeast. Banana, and bubblegum for sure as stated in the commercial description, along with some nice spicy clove like notes and fruity esters galore. Nicely hopped as well. Copper color with lasting white head with only slight lacing. Medium light carbonation. Malty sweetness up front with nice lasting bitterness in the finish. Fairly creamy texture. A little bit of alcohol heat on the palate and nose as it warmed up. Had a hard time pacing myself with this beer as it was the first time drinking it. In other words, I finished the rating as I finished the last sip.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 Draught. Pours a nice copper color with a small tan head. Aromas of spices, fruit, sugar, and yeast. Flavor is very much a fruity Belgian IPA; notes of yeast, berry, pine, and bubblegum. This is pretty good, certainly a deviation from the norm.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Saraveza... Poured dark, amber/orange with a white head. Lots of floral and earthy hops in the brew with some doughy malts. But the yeast created brilliant esters that were fruity and sweet with a touch of vanilla and a cotton candy-like sugar flavor.
RickKempen (19) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I believe this beer to be a landmark brew. The mix of sweetness, bitterness and spice continues to send the palate on a rollercoaster ride. Balanced as a beer can be it never tires. Simply a very daring yet succesfull experiment.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz - Dark clear amber, creamy white head. Thick pine and tropical hop notes warms to swirls of spiced herbals and hints of peppery yeast throughout. Pined-pepper bitterness balances well over notes of dry spicy citrus from start to finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. One of the tops in this hybrid style. Extremely well done and worthy of your attention...
undsioux7 (848) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber/copper with a good sized off white head that dissapates, but leaves nice lacing. Aroma of dank, earthy flowery hops and sweet malt. Taste is oily grapefruit, piney earthy hops. Sweet malts and a nice bitterness throughout. A touch less sweet and oily, and this would be a fav for me.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
reddish yellow with huge thick white head: a reasonably attractive beer, though a touch dark. nose almost exclusively of citrus and herbal hops. firm bitterness before the aforementioned hop flavor comes through, though muddled by a barely present belgian ester notes. the finish is far too sweet for a belgian style brew. As an IPA the hop flavor is muddled and as a belgian-style the esters are lacking and the sweetness isn’t. I did not enjoy this in the least, it is a paltry comparison to la choufe
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a beautiful orange amber with a decent white head that stays around for awhile. Aroma is floral hops and citrus and fruit. The belgian yeast is also very prominent with bubblegum aromas floating around. Taste = Excellent. Its starts with a huge fruity hop flavor coming first, then the belgian spiciness and FUNK take over through the finish. Huge mouthfeel, this beer is just all around the most amazing thing ever. So glad to have this brew made so close to home.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance : Clear amber with medium fluffy and creamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Nice yeasty esters and crisp hops. Lots of banana/bubble gum. Flowery and earthy hops. Wow nose is very complex. Notes of fruity mangos, citrusy. A bit of pine. A bit resinous. Notes of alcohol.
Taste : Lots of esters, spicy with quite a lot of alcohol. Finish is bitter and warm. Very fruity. Finish has a very sharp bitterness.
Overall : Wow the aroma on this beer is just crazy. Nice esters with the citrusy sharp hops. Taste is nice but a bit too hot and spicy. This beer would have been amazing with 3% abv less. Still rather drinkable. Nice fruity profile. Very nice beer. Wish there would be more beers like this out there. Reminds me a bit of the Charlevoix Lupulus.