hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Hazy yellow ale with a huge, rocky, white head. Fantastic retention; ink-blot lacework. The aroma is biscuity and yeasty with lesser notes of pale malts and grains. Medium to full-bodied with restrained carbonation. Very sweet and a bit boozy with a touch of honey in both the flavor and finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Chuck for sharing this one! Golden color with a fluffy head and drippy lace. Biscuity aroma. Sweet malts up front with a dry spicy finish
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours golden in color with a lively white head. The aroma smells of biscuits, apples, and a slight grassy hop character. Flavor is well integrated and covered in apples, pears, caramel, and honey with a clove and cinnamon spiced finish. The overall mouthfeel is full and seems to be developing into a great brew.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Took me a while to grok that the Red and Blue were different brews (I’m simple). Nice lively golden pour, with a crisp crackling head that recalls Duvel majesty. Slightly sweet nose is a trace different than what I expected. Sugars and sweet malt tend to dominate the flavor, and there’s a slight imbalance - more dry and spicy flavors would benefit the beer, in my opinion. Enjoyable but not top shelf.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent bright goldenrod with a thin-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity pale malt with some floral character and honey notes along with light fruity yeasty esters. Starts with good fullness and sweet doughy malts showing a touch of honey, caramel and clove before a bready slightly warming finish. Pretty well-balanced and complex, but could hide its alcohol better.
daniele (7934) - ITALY - MAY 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
oro schiuma abbondante peristente note leggeremnte speziate maltate etiliche in bocca discreto malto un poco speziata buon corpo ma non emozionante
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle. Pours a golden orange body with a white fluffy head. Loaded to the brim with carbonation and yet none is lost in the body of the beer. Fruity aroma of apples and dark fruits. Etoh latent fruit with some light spices. Chewy mouth feel more like plum and candy sweet but somewhat subdued by the high carbonation. A light almost cinnamon character but i feel this is again the tremendous level of carbonation. A delicious belgian ale.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This seductive Belgian Strong Ale lures you in with its spicy oranges grounded in honeyed malts, before licorice and alcohol warmth make sure you remain under its lascivious spell.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick sheet of foam bobs atop the hazy orangey golden, drawing plenty of lacing.
-Effervescence is pillowy, alleviating most of the dextrinous girth and making this almost easy to drink.
-The spiciness is also herbal and lightly bitter. More hops in the back would have been great.
-The licorice might get intense for some after a full glass.
-All flavors are perfectly integrated and balanced, just like all Het Anker strong ales as a matter of fact.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden beer with a nice creamy head. Aroma of flowers, spicies and banana. Flavor is similar a twist of flowers perhaps from the spicies and then the banana flavor, which is in perfect balance with the other things.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled, 0.75l) Slightly hazy golden (almost opaque with yeast) with a smallish, bubbly and lacy head. Pale-malty aroma with saazy hops and hints of anise spiciness. Flavor has quite a bit of alcohol, with sweetish honey, moderate acidity, pale maltiness, and some smooth and aromatic, grassy-herby hops. With yeast, the alcohol gives some room to spiciness, making this more drinkable. Medium to full, slicky body with quite low carbonation and some alcohol burn. Decently malty body, but - especially without yeast - the alcohol is way too intrusive, and there’s no complexity. You could call this a Belgian malt liquour, until you get into the yeasty part. Even then, it’s well below the typical Anker quality.