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RATINGS: 1486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 112   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Founders most complex, most innovative, most feared and yet most revered ale produced. Massive in complexity the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alpha’s used to create this monster. More IBU’s than any brewery has documented, more than you would believe and dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. Dangerously drinkable and deliciously evil. We dare you to dance with the Devil. 112 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Pours a clear red color with a ring of white lace. Aroma of pineapple, hops and alcohol with some lingering sweetness. Strong, assertive and gargantuous flavor of hopd in the form of pineapple,, caramel and alcohol with a strong bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. This is a very well done beer but way too hopped for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Couleur cuivrée, mousse beige pale rapidement diminuante. Jus de houblon, pamplemousses roses, écorce amère, forte présence d’alcool. Un concentré de houblon plus intense que j’en pensais être possible. Sur les traces des houblons de la famille des C (chinook, cascade). Amertume extrême allant même jusqu’à geler l’arrière de la langue pour quelque temps. Un concours de IBU ou une manière d’en donner pour leur argent aux amateurs de houblon ? Difficile à boire pour moi en tout cas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
Copper golden colored, foamy tan head. Hoppy aroma of course with notes of nut and spices. Sharp but still balanced. Fruity notes also and hints of chocolate. Extremely hoppy flavor. Thick, full and warming and extremely bitter and biding. Nutty, spicy and caramelly tones hiding behind the bitterness. This is one crazy beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Hazy blood orange color with a small offwhite head. Some citrus notes framed by alcohol aromatics. Thick malt flavors with a residual bitterness. Tangible alcohol characters throughout. Mouthfeel is big and sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29663) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2005
A hazy amber beer with a small disappearing orange head. The aroma is super hoppy - with lots of alfa acid - lovely but overpowers any other aromas. The flavor is like chewing on fresh hops giving the impression of lots of alfa acids, hop oil, and a bitter end. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
Sampled at TiggMTL’s post-Mondial tasting, thanks Mike (mds) for sharing

Copper orange. For such a lupulin-haired hoochie-mama, she’s got quite a head on her shoulders! That caught me off guard. I’ve smelled hoppier before, but it came out of a Randall, so that’s cheating. Somewhere through that hop field I did smell a little pineapple, so that was interesting. Obviously, this thing’s got torque like a redneck’s souped-up chevy. Enough alpha-acids to melt right through your gullet. Those who suffer from ulcers, acid reflux disease or any other digestive tract ailment should only use this to strip the varnish off their furniture. All jokes aside, this is pretty one-dimensional, but it isn’t supposed to be anything else. Rinse this one off with Cantillon and/or steel wool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Orange, cloudy. No head. Citrus aroma. Hoppy flavour. Finish is extremely hoppy and a bit alcoholic as well. This is an extreme beer for hopheads. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10398) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Orange coloured. Light unclear. Light brown head. Caramel and very , very hoppy aroma. Fruit and hops, hops, hops in the flavour as well. This i probably around the limit for me. Very wild brew. The bitterness in the end is almost too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Hoppy and fruity aroma with grapefruit notes. Sweet and warming flavour with a very dry and bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
No head, clear deep orange. Very fuelic alcohol nose. Huge malt and hops, no surprise there. While it doesn’t try to be balanced, I don’t think it tries to be a total joke. I’m sure it takes good skill to make such a beer without it being cloying and abrasive and I know Founders definitely do have great skill, but I’d hoped they’d use it to greater purposes than joining a childish weener measurement contest through IBUs and alcohol. Cheap scotch reminiscent alcohol nature, very hot citric hops, earthy, caramelic and apricot like. Hot and abrasive palate, like a Chinook hop shot. Highly astringent, but who cares, it’s flavourful eh? Woody, minty. Ni drinkability which I expect to have a minimum of in a pale ale. Medium-thick bodied, syrupy. Purposeless heavyweight lost child. No worse than that, a 700 lbs man who can’t get up from his bed. Thanks Mike for sharing though, yes I’m happy to have tried it, but I sure wouldn’t have been able to go through a whole bottle.

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