jeremyh70 (707) - Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 Compared a 2010 and 2014 bottle side by side. Fresh bottle was a mostly clear golden orange with a persistent white head that settled to a film. 2010 bottle was very murky amber with same white head that settled to a ring and dollop. Aroma of 2014 has Belgian yeast fruitiness and some caramel sweetness along with slight coriander and phenolic note. 2010 aroma has tart apple and pear with a vinyl quality and hint of grain. Taste of fresh bottle has Belgian yeast fruitiness, clove, some toastiness and mild pepper. 2010 bottle has a mild tartness with some faint lemon and apple fruitiness, some grain and some cooked vegetable flavor. Mouthfeels are different also with new bottle being more creamy and full bodied while the older bottle is more crisp and carbonated with a lighter body. I much preferred the newer bottle to the older one and really enjoyed the 2014’s flavors.
2013 Pours a dark golden orange with big soapy head that sticks around and great lacing. Aroma of juicy fruit barnyard and clove spiciness. Taste starts with some sweet fruit like apricots, then the funkiness sets in mid palate with the clove and pepper. Decent amount of bitterness and a phenolic flavor. Medium bodied with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Finishes dry. Good but a bit too much of the phenolic flavor to make it a favorite.
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle from 02-2014) Pours a semi-hazy orange color with a tall white head that retains very well. Aroma really pinballs between scents and constantly morphs and changes through floral, fruit, and herbal shifts. Funk tags along as well. For the floral phase I perceive predominant scent of rosehips although I smell potpourri from time to time. For the fruit phase all things citrus are displayed with a cornucopia of scents ranging from grapefruit, orange, and lemon with some residual apricot lurking mostly in the background before slamming to the forefront with further warming. The herbal scents are more minty, but they seem to die down with further warming which was a bit of a letdown as that element lifted the aroma even higher in the early goings of consumption. Flavor holds the aforementioned apricot, sweet caramel, and a good dose of lightly stinging citric hops on the finish. The case could be made for these hops being spicy. Nice undertone of funk sounds out on the far finish, but the dryness isn’t quite there yet. This bottle is only 7 months old, and maybe the brett hasn’t yet had a chance to crisp this thing up, so it would be interesting to see how one of these ages. Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy which is an undesirable characteristic for this kind of beer, and perhaps with age, this beer will lose some weight. Carb’s ok. Overall this is a solid belgian ale that, at its current price point, will prompt me to purchase another when it’s a year old to see how it’s coming along.
RyanE (145) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange maroon pour. Consistent lacing. Rustic earthy nose. Some citrus fruit. Medium bodied and a little viscous on the palate. Complexity is nice. More of the fruit and a fairly dry crisp finish.
Bobhund (23) - - AUG 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drucken på flaska från London. Svag fruktig lukt, kroppen och smaken likaså. Hade väntat mig mer.
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pumpkinhead2 (345) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
/// Petit «gushing» à l’ouverture! Rien de trop abondant, mais tout de même désagréable… /// Bière orangée tirant sur le jaune, remplie de particules en suspension, très effervescente, et surmontée d’un large col blanc, très dense, très mousseux, cotonneux même, bien persistant, et qui laisse une riche dentelle sur les parois du verre. Arômes de pain frais, malt mielleux, fruits du verger (surtout de la poire en fait, avec un peu de pêche, abricot…), avec une petite pointe de levure acide typique des bières ensemencées de brettanomyces. Davantage en arrière-plan, on note des effluves plus herbacés et épicés (poivre, clou de girofle…) auxquels le houblon contribue certainement. On note également la présence d’un houblon plus floral. Nez intéressant et agréable, belle complexité, bonne intensité. En bouche, pétillement élevé sur la langue, onctuosité moyenne au palais. Au goût, pain frais, malt mielleux, poire et pêche, avec une touche de levure acide, et une finale au houblon qui semble à la fois un peu herbacé, un peu poivré et un peu floral. Amertume légère, équilibre sucré/acide/amertume intéressant. En bouche, intensité moyenne, complexité moyenne. Une bonne bière, sans plus…
tightslice (187) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Safeway in Redwood City, CA. Pours a hazy golden orange. Aroma is dried fruits, white wine, spicy yeasty bits. Taste is dry white wine, apples, guava, plums... I’m getting a lot of dry, mildy sour taste from fruit skins (less of the fruit sweetness). Some spiced cloves / coriander / floral you’d expect from a belgian farmhouse but not overpowering. Very reminiscent of a white wine to me.
simonblaine (289) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange, no head. Aroma of sweet malts and spice. Taste is sweet, malty, banana, good.
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HaakonBjerkeli (29) - NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost no head. Orange golden hazy. Aroma of yeast, belgian?, fruity and spicy. Taste is also fruity and spice, some caramalt. But also a bit sour in the end. Started okay but there’s a spicy, pepperish and sour aftertaste i don’t like.
Magic_Runner (9) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer and one of my favorites. Unfortunately a bit pricy. Fruity flavor but not too much. Balanced.
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RCx240 (44) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
765mL Bottle (No, you’re not misreading that). Golden amber, fairly minimal white head. Aroma is caramel, pepper, nuts, toast, resin, earthy, and a slight hint of citrus. Taste is tart and fruity, with hints of apple, pear, caramel, and nuts. Fades into a sweeter, earthier, yeast and clove and finishes with a slight lingering hint of pine and citrus from the hops. Fairly fizzy carbonation, smooth and creamy. 7% ABV is hardly noticeable. Very well balanced beer, would consider storing one away to see how it ages, should I find the time.
TheRatKing (116) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My store just got this in this week, so I had to try one on.
Pours a nice amber colour but with almost no head, which I find curious in a Belgian. Mild aroma of faint citrus and of course, Belgian yeast. Leaves me somewhat worried. Flavour makes up for it though- nice robust Belgian ale, ripe cherries, spices. A little bit sharp, but the bottle is young. I expect this would be incredible after some cellaring.