Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lovely, frothy, dandelion hued pour with a mountainous rocky foam. Crushed red pepper, almond pastry, soft coriander, pungent clove and a gorgeous mist of floral-herbal hops in the aroma; the spiciness, the sweetness, and the bitterness delicately woven together, and each soft as silk. It couldn’t be further from quiet, though; it’s like a garden of grain and sharp herbs and flowers that’s presently blossoming all at once.
Lemongrass, lavender, and coriander flavor; each with a candied kind of smooth sweetness on it. Fresh grass. Pistachio-leaning malt. Cotton candy. It tends to get somewhat musky with the interaction of herbal-tinted hops, yeasts and its considerable alcohol, and while this is a likable characteristic, it dulls the brightness of the hops somewhat. The sweetness it offers in the middle is quite crispy and autumnal, like lavender and fire-roasted chestnuts, and gloriously dry while still sumptuous in impression. Consistent shades of fruit tend to be soft and sunny; white peaches is what it makes me think of most often.
Full and effervescent texture at first, becoming somewhat more lean toward the finish, where a lovely saffron and floral perfume dryness spreads out, leaving a soft bittersweetness that while dry remains quite flavorful and memorable even long after. Every element is in place for a refreshing, but fulsome and interesting at every turn experience. A new favorite!
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 a cloudy gold pour under a huge creamy rocky white head. fresh hoppy aroma. flavor is fresh and hoppy with marshmallow and spices..maybe some soft tropical fruits. reminds me of urthel’s "hop it".
nearbeer (3288) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. A gusher that’s a hazy pear-orange color. Medium-sized, sticky head lasts with nice lace. Wheat and bubblegum aroma. Flavor is fruit bubblegum and wheat with a peppery citrus, evergreen resin and pear-bubblegum finish. Light-medium body is astringently dry, slightly alcohol warming and too frothy-bubbly.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pale dull gold with a huge meringue head. Spicy, hoppy aroma with notes of marshmallow and gardenia. Sweet and spicy flavor with lemon and some herbal notes. Rather sweet with a full body. Sharp and acidic, nicely bitter finish.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured this into a pint glass and initially the entire glass was filled with white foamy head. One this obnoxious head settled down, a nice hoppy belgian ale became noticable. Some lemon, flowery hops, and a belgian sweetness beneath. This is slightly below Houblon Doublon, which I consider to be the top of the belgian hoppy ales. Alcohol is more noticable here. Still a nice effort.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Hazy golden luminous beer with a thick white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Fruity apricot/pear and peach with a nice spicy hoppy/zesty aroma. A little bit herbal and spicy aroma over a sweet Belgian malt character. Light bubble gum sweetness. Initially there is a bit of astringency and harshness but this softens considerably as it warms. Soft Saaz herbal bitterness. It’s a decent beer, but it doesn’t really approach the heights that this style can do.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Santa. !Feliz Navidad!
Pours a beautiful cheddar yellow, with a nice ivory head that leaves an intricate latticework of lacing around the glass. Aroma is a rush of alcohol followed by a slight strawberry jam essence. Tastes of musty cedar and peach dough. Watery mouthfeel. An intresting effort, nonetheless.
illidurit (1965) - Sonora, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue goblet. Medium gold color with an enormous, billowing white head that shoots an inch over the rim of the glass. Luckily it’s dense enough to keep its shape and not overflow. Outlandish amounts of sticky lacing as it slowly recedes, displaying excellent retention. One of the best appearances I’ve seen on a beer.
Aroma is classic strong golden ale, with spicy alcohol, overripe apples, and a touch of banana. Additionally there’s a big dose of noble hops.
Flavors of sweet spicy dough, yeast, and stone fruit. The alcohol is fairly apparent on the tongue and in the chest. Very little if any flavor of hops, but their influence is known by the dry finish and tinge of bitterness.
Carbonation is predictably high. On one hand, that helps to really stick the flavor to the taste buds, but on the other hand it hurts the drinkability. A very burpy beer, but a pretty good one as well.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium yellow gold color from a 33cl bottle. The beer pours with a frelling huge white rocky foamy head. I mean I got 6 inches of head for every 3/5 of an ounce I poured into my glass, with nice lacing and good retention. When I was able to smell the beer, the aroma is grassy and hoppy. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are piney and grapefruity. Nice Belgian yeast and esters, yet the hops are definitely present. Lively carbonation. Nice crisp dry finish. Once I fought my way through the head, this is a very pleasant beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and hoppy.
Defreni (2220) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske. Aftenens højdepunkt. Meget lys øl der næsten ligner en witbier. Flot hængende skumhoved. Duften er meget frugtig og en smule gæret, dog kan humlen også anes. Smagen er lidt ovre i en trippel dog ikke så frugtet, men bitterhumlen bringer tankerne hen til en amerikansk IPA. Virkelig forfriskende og lækker. Alkoholen brænder en smule men på den gode måde.