MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 11/4/2008 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Spicy peppery nose. Clear light golden with small white head. Spicy with cardamom like flavor, peppery. Dry peppery finish with moderate bitterness.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, 2008 vintage) Pours a clear yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of candi sugar, alcohol, light marshmallow, apple, dustiness, florals, and light citrus notes. Flavor of hot alcohol, yeast, apple, and light pepper.
ilovedarkbeer (2436) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a yellow orange color with a fairly large sized rocky head. Nice lacing. Nose is apples and perfume. Taste is sugar and marshmallow. I don’t get that many things. Mouthfeel is lively and carbonated and the finish is medium to long in length.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, 2008 bottling. Poured healthy golden with an eggshell head on top.. looked nice. The aroma was strong with pale and caramel malts leading.. spicy peppery esters joined an intricate display of floral notes around.. singed the nostrils a bit. The flavor opened with spicy pepper and floral notes.. sweet middle of aged pale malts and medium-skinned fruits.. finished warm with more spices and great balance. Heavier-bodied with lots of carbonation on the palate.. spicy and engaging.. very good brew!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a hazy gold with white head. Aroma of faint fruit & alcohol. Flavor of prominent alcohol, faint fruit, apple, very spicy, some melon. Mouthfeel is heavy body. Over all, pretty good stuff!
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. pale gold pour with a thick white head. nice aroma of belgian yeast, spices and fruit. nice on the palate with a very fruity flavor and a not so well hidden alcohol finish.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle. Light golden yellow with a thin white cover. Aroma is sweet, honey, spicy malt, perfumey florals and pear and apple fruits. Taste is smooth, spice upfront, pears, then sweet honey followed by a big warming alcohol finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark yellow with a large, creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), average hops (flowers, perfume), heavy yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, soap, earth) with notes of grape, cask, and dust. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bottling; Sampled December 2008
A soft pour produces a voluminous, initially three-finger thick, that quickly grows to five fingers (including a finger and a half above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass) and rolls over the sides of the glass a bit before I can suck off some of the pillow-like, tightly beaded, pale, tan tinged head. Of course lots of lacing accompanies a slow falling of the head as well. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color that wonderfully shows an excited, bountiful carbonation of streaming bubbles. The aroma is also quite expressive with a vibrant spicy fruitiness to it that is noticeable as I pour. Aromas of ripe melon, honeysuckle, pear, some Macintosh apple and star fruit are supported by spice notes of phenolic clove, sweet ginger, an herbal pepper note and a touch of lemon grass. There is a nice pale malt character here that accentuates a touch of wildflower honey, some grassy grain notes and a nice finish of crushed whole grain crackers.
This beer tastes somewhat sweet, but still manages to finish with a dry effect. Spicy, estery, higher alcohols, a soft, clean hop bitterness and a lingering phenolic spice character help to dry the finish out. Substantial notes of clove (especially towards the lingering finish), lemon zest, a touch of cardamom, some white pepper and perhaps a touch of sweet ginger round out the spice flavors. This gets quite phenolic in the finish and the alcohol accentuates this quite a bit. Up front the esters produce fruit notes of pear, honeydew melon, citrus honey, golden raisin (this can almost have a desert wine sort of note to it at times), . The beer is definitely light for a beer of this strength, though the piquancy of the phenolics and alcohol keep this from being quaffable (which, ultimately is a good thing).
On my second pour, I still end up with a voluminous head that threatens to over flow the sides of my glass. Repeated gulps of foamy, pear-scented cotton candy like, head finally has the head settled in. If this wasn’t so phenolic in the finish it would be a phenomenal beer. This is a fairly minor flaw, but it is the last thing one notices after each sip. All in all this is a very tasty beer that is quite enjoyable; visually this beer is stunning, it is exactly what I could ask for in a pale, strong, Belgian beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/04/2008. Slightly hazy golden body with a medium creamy white had with belgian lace. Candi sugar, spice and sweet fruit aroma. Sweet sugary flavor with lots of spice and light candi sugar. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation and a sugary finish.