fordest (2015) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus aromas off this golden Belgian ale with a decent white head. Fruity and spicy aromas too. Clove on the flavor with a malty, yeasty finish. Not too much alcohol on the flavor. Pretty good.
bbrock81 (310) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is all about the aroma. As willblake said below, the aroma of this beer is a knockout. There is sweetness from the malts, flowery perfume, a note I can only describe as a fresh outdoorsiness, some spicy yeast, and lightly citrus hops. Absolutely top-notch. Everything else about this beer is secondary to the aroma, and cannot quite live up to it. The appearance is bright orange, with rough carbonation and a small, quickly dissipating head of fat bubbles. Flavor is a fair bit more muted than the aroma, being largely sweet and malty, with some yeastiness and some sweet fruitiness, and no hop to speak of. This is very good beer; the flavor is about average but the aroma is absolutely outstanding.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage. This is truly an interesting brew. Pours a cloudy dark orange-amber color. A huge, rocky, off-white head settles to a thin layer, leaving nice ribbony lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is definitely Belgian inspired, but with a hoppy American twist. Big caramel malts and citrus hops are accompanied by a uniquely foreign, bready yeast strain. Smells almost like a Belgian triple crashed into a citrusy IPA. The flavor followed along those same lines, with notes of orange and peach running into sweet, yeasty dough and various sweet, pale malts. There’s definitely some cream in there as well. Finishes short and fairly clean. The substantial body is smooth but slightly cloying. This brew gets points for originality, but the execution isn’t out of this world. Solid beer, but not exceptional.
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent fruity flavor. Thick amber color..light, thin head. Initial peach flavor. Good beer!
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle(’07 vintage)-An orangish-amber body with a small tight off white head and an aroma of yeast, malt, citrus, and a little hops. Taste of this light to medium bodied brew is of yeast, malt, metallic, and some hops. Goes down very smooth and is pretty tasty. Not the best Belgian but darn good.
lweiberg (118) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super comfortable and cozy in the mouth. Smooth and creamy, easy to just keep hastening it down all morning long.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours amber with a small head. Very fruity aroma and flavor. Palate is a little thin. Very drinkable.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
3-2-08 bottle shared at tasting.
Orange amber with a decent head. Smell is sweet citris malt and perhaps a bit of hops. Has a bit of the funky Belgian musk to it - but it isn’t overpowering or out of place. Flavor is a bit bland actually and not very fulfilling. Mouthfeel is average. Overall, nothing too great - just a very muted beer.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a tribute to orval from greg. decent belgian style ale. cloudy yellow pour with almost no head. tartness of fresh fall apples and citrus notes. nice balance of malt to go with astringent hops.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - 2007 vintage: Pours a ruby tinged honey with a healthy bright white head. Hot alcohol nose displays some nice honeyed malt along with a dose of pear and peach esthers. Medium bodied body offers sweet honey, bread and caramel wrapped in an esther laden body that brings to mind peaches, pineapple and granny smith sour apples. Finishes tart with more fruit esthers. Good stuff right here - better in the bottle this year than I’ve had on draught before.