medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - SEP 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Botella con mi marido.
Huele y sabe a fruta, Welchito! Bien seca. Muy rica,
worldbeertaste (1609) - AUSTRIA - OCT 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 on the bottle and drank in 2012. Clearly this shows it should be aged. Medium reddish - orange amber with fizzy, lasting, frothy, beige head. Nice lacing. Lovely sweet smell of malt, tropical fruit, caramel, and herbal elements with coriander, honey with notes of yeast.Crisp bubbly smooth medium oily body. Sweet butter malt start with caramel, herbal yeast, tropical fruit and well balanced against the earthy spicy dry finish. Beautiful beer and look forward to an aged version.
krumbum (521) - 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.
coyforce (581) - Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic brew. Pour is a nice light amber with a thin white head. Aroma is grainy but great.
bigcat03 (206) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a trappist glass; Hazy orange color with a frothy 1 finger head; aroma of citrus hops (orange and lemon), cloves, and a touch of yeast from the bottle conditioning; Taste is citrus up front with no bitterness fading to a very lightly bitter herbal aftertaste that lasts; Carbonation is lively and well balanced; Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium. An absolutely exceptional beer. This reminds me of Leffe, which I imagine it is modeled after, but better. Less bitterness and more flavor.
UXO (147) - CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy copper with a ridiculously unmanageable head, requiring ten or fifteen minutes to tame to three or four pillowy fingers, great retention and heavy lacing. Nose is dominated by brett, with a distinct sour edge, against stone fruit and caramel malt. Taste starts out sweet, but moves quickly to sour, with a lingering sour and bitter finish. Mouth feel is slightly heavy, with lower than expected carbonation.
Oh, that’s nice. That’s very nice. Mildly funky and sour, with just enough brett to be interesting, but not overwhelming. Loads of character, with a gentle warming as the bottle progresses.
TAR (2445) - 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 (2193) - 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 (2453) - Boisbriand, 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.