krumbum (410) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glowing amber color. Fruity smell, Smooth with a spicy, yeast fruit finish that pulls dry right at the end. It takes your palate and your taste buds through two different journeys and then has them meet up right at the end. Great.
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: Lightly hazed pumpkin. Milky, sticky white head. Gorgeous peppery hopsack aroma dotted with citrus rind, flowers, honeyed malt, and a light yeast tone. Just a touch of toast, dough, and honeydew. Soft body with firm, zesty carbonation. Exquisite grassy, floral hop flavors right off the bat. Resounding herbal bitterness is livened by juicy melon and soft doughy malt notes. Mild, yet chalky and gritty Belgian yeast moves in to momentarily stabilize the hops while fluffing up the delicate malt flavors. Finishes with a light musty yeast note and lingering herbal, flowery hops. The brewer tells me this now contains an Orval yeast strain, which differs from a past Kölsch strain. And I query him how about throwing a cork and cage on a bottle-conditioned 750ml. Simply fascinating rendition of a Belgian hop behemoth.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Bottles courtesy of Ughsmash, 1FastSTi, and Duane. Yes I love this beer. Hazy orange/copper with huge, white head that fades to film. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma full of fruity esters (orange, peach, pear and banana), slightly sour with some farmhouse mustiness, honey and pale malt in the background. Flavor very fruity up front, mostly orange zest. Big floral kick to it, maybe cardomom or paradise? Stays all floral through the middle and finish. Very clean. Very chewy-yeasty mouthfeel but creamy-smooth and soft-billowy at the same time. Very well done IMO.
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 11/16/07: Draught at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. At Chef Paul’s you know that you’re going to get every draught beer served at it’s best; in proper glassware and from clean lines. The biggest change from my previous rating was in the aroma; went from a 7 to a 10. Incredible nose with hops, Belgian candi sugar and hemp. Wow! Hazy amber with no visible carbonation. Very sophisticated appearance in the tulip glass in which it was served. Excellent, coating lace. Tastes as it smells, which is dunkel-weissy. Tastes more like a weiss beer than a Trappist. Certainly smooth. Has a hint of American hops in the finish. A good beer, but a little bit of a let down which confirms my original impression. Nevertheless, I gave it a 4.4. I think the issue is that compared to the other GI reserve series beers like BBC and the Imp IPA, it appears more pedestrian. 5/14/06: Draught at Beer on the Pier, Chicago. Sour aroma. Hazy, reddish amber with alightly off-white head. Nice body color. Belgian qualities with some sweetness, and spices (allspice?). Well done. I’ve had Belgians that taste like this (Urthel Hop It?) Not as strong or bitter as the Hop It. Pretty solid. Ar 7, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 4, Ov 17
Quevillon (2411) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bu au Mondial 07. Dorée foncée, moyen collet beige. Arome d’herbe malté un peu de fruit sec. Bon goût de malte sucré et d’épice doux, des notes de petits fruits. Bref, une version fruité d’Orval.
jezmez68 (380) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Poured from a bottle (is this a screw-top?!?!) into a big-bottomed wine glass without a stem so as to experience the bouquet a bit better. Pours golden-orange-brown with a little head that disappears quickly. Lacing ain’t happening all that much. Smells of fruit, a little bit of alcohol (not as much as say, a La Fin Du Monde or Bell’s Sparkling Ale) and old Belgium basement/cellar and a bit like my old garage in downtown Wilmington, NC. Tastes pretty nice, due to, what’d that guy call it, "The Brett?" Whatever. Yeasty taste, pretty unique, but not far from some trippels I’ve tasted. VERY expensive, but pretty good for the style. I got three more that will wait until New Year’s 2008/9 to drink. We’ll see how it ages.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Bottle 2009. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, white meat fruits, belgian yeast. Average foamy white head that fully diminished and left nolace. Hazy medium orange-amber hue. Flavor is sweet and lovely. Palate is medium full bodied and oily soft. Overall an amazing beer with a year on it! Very good barley wine malt tones with a Belgian nose and finish. Just incredible right now.
Bottle. Aroma of apple, yeast, spice, white meat fruits, and barnyard. Huge foamy white head that lasted and left little lace. Hazy medium orange-amber hue. Flavor is sweet, sour, and musty. Palate is medium bodied and a little bitter on the medium finish. Ok for a Belgian.
Immiz182 (17) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Had it in a 12 oz bottle at the Goose Island Brewpub. Had the appearance of a Golden strong ale. Nice and strong flavors
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Slightly hazy golden-orange with bubbly head and lacing that forms and recedes with each sip.
Aroma of tropical fruit, banana, clove, earthy, and slightly tart.
Very hoppy, but not in a particularly bitter way. Tropical fruit (pineapple, fleshy fruit), pepper, spice, and dry earthy mustiness. Complex and I feel inadequate to describe it.
Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry.
Nice sipping beer that is a great affordable alternative to Orval. Of course, Orval is still a little better overall.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber golden with decent head. Full nectar with good carbonation. This reminds me of Pitaat in a way yet finishing with some spicy sweetness. I would’ve thought this was the real deal. An excellent American specimen.