eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Original rating: Murky orange-amber colored with some sedimentation. Head and lacing both unimpressive. Aroma of yeast, coriander, cardamum. Flavor also had light fruitiness with a strong hop zing in the finish. Mouthfeel moderate to heavy with a very dry finish. Enjoyable, maybe a little too spiced to be great. Re-rate, 6/07 at SL, courtesy beerdedone: Hazy golden color. Grapey, sour cherry notes, light apples? Flemish sour type flavors all there under a Belgian Strong fore style, floral hops also present? Ample carbonation, nice sharp carbonated finish anyway, well done, rating bumps up higher! Thanks, Paul!
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one. The beer as it effluves into the Stone tulip glass reveals itself to be turbid dark straw/copper colored with a 2-finger fizzy off-white head. The aroma is tart, malty, floral, spicy, with some funky horse-blankety yeasts and hopcitrus. It smells a lot like a Cantillon. The flavor is caramel malty up front, with a lot of spicy floral notes and some fruity apricot and peach hints backed by a lot of hops. This one is not tart at all, but on the sweet side of the ledger. The lace lingers into farm animals and makes a noise as it dissipates not unlike low-level static from an old LP player. This one comes across to me as a hoppy Belgian ale with a great balance and complexity, and is a beer that makes me want to drink it all night long. Letís just go ahead and make it official...this beer is a masterpiece!
kseecs16 (1182) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 Bottle, poured a fairly cloudy deep orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma was nice. Very fruity with citrus and peach and a lemon tea touch. Taste was good, but something in the rich spice did not particularly set well with me and threw off the whole brew for me. A lot of nice fruit flavors and rich spice, but I could not quite put my finger on what particular flavor I did not enjoy. A very smooth and mouth filling brew that drinks very well.
Update 5/28/2009 - Draught at Grumpy Bulldod in Naperville. Pours a brilliant orange golden with a wispy off white head that rides the edge of the glass and leaves sporadic fingers of lacing. Aroma is fruity, hint of apple and yeasty. A slightly sweet fruity and funky flavor. Ricj and mildly spicy in character. Full bodied with a slightly dry crisp finish. Nice. Compared to my first taste I think my tastes have changed more than the beer.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky orange with a tall dense head of off-white.
Spicy citrus & yeast aroma.
The flavor has an acidic fruit tartness that is well supported by a malt sweetness. There is a touch of dryness that fully develops in the finish. Not quite as complex as some of the true Belgians, but this was tasty.
Thanks to Dough77 for this.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: poured golden yellow with a thick fluffy white head. Yeasty aroma with some fruit esters. Lightly spicy. Flavor is yeasty with some fruit, a little lemon and a hint of banana. Very quick, short finish that is a bit dry. Light tartness in the finish. Good beer but I wish the flavor would linger a little.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good representation of the style as the nose is laden with exotic spice and ripe fruit,very well done. Sweet and spicey but died a little on the tongue.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden amber with virtually no head and no lacing. Creamy and full bodied but a little flat, without sufficient carbonation. Sweet, candy sugar and toffee, green apples ... nicely hopped. Belgian yeast for sure! A little spice, from the hops, and a Belgian nose.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Gold color with a nice head. Aroma is pumpkin spice. Taste is sweet without being cloying, wet horse blanket and a nice tart lemoness. The hops are subtle and yet dry. This could be the best GI (non-stout) beer Iíve had.
thegreenrooster (3082) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a hazy amber with a nice sized white head. Aroma is excellent, lots of candy sugar and spices. Flavor is very fruity and spicey. Maybe a touch of cinnamon that reminds me of a pumpkin beer. As i drink more i get some clove and pepper. Overall this is a wonderful beer expierience. A very tasty brew from goose island.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Bottled on 072705. Thanks for holding onto this for me Brent! The color of glowing ore! lotsa happy bubbles racing about, slightly off-white head stays fairly intact. Restrained, quiet aroma...especially by comparison to its model. I can detect some faint wild yeast character...maybe even faint perfume, but this is very restrained and I have to really dig into the glass to smell it. Metallic finish at first drink, without so much of a bite as Orval. Wild yeast mingles lightly with the malts...fairly malty beer really. Well attenuated, but not dry. The metal in the finish fades after a few sips, but the bitterness still doesnít show up, yet there is some nice hop play in there, flavorwise. This seems all-around to be a much softer version of Orval, and thus lacks any great character. If you are basically selling the Orval story on your lable, I need more. Why do something thatís already been done better? Inspiration is respected, but creativity is lacking here.