nuplastikk (3832) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked bottle. Hazy golden color with a massive, formidable head. This is a really nice hoppy Belgian Ale. The hops and yeast collide in an explosion of flavor. Lots of citrus flavors, along with creamy yeast notes. Sandy,dry, and quite refreshing on the palate. This is a great new-school Belgian hoppy beer.
Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a hazy golden yellow with a large lasting white head. Aromas of straw, fruittiness, spice and a hint of vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of straw, grapefruit rind, orange zest , light mint and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering lightly bitter finish.
TAR (2393) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden straw. Rocky stark-white head cakes the glass with thick lace. Heavenly aromatic medley of lemongrass, pepper-dusted honeydew, pear, aniseed, baked apples, banana cream pie, and haylike Pils malt. Lightly phenolic with a hint of bubblegum. Tight, weightless carbonation graces the palate. Soft, flavorsome hops inundate the palate with a lustrous and uplifting array of flowers, honeysuckle and herbs. Elegant interplay between the malt and hops, as the deftly extracted Pils malt pillars the succulent hoppiness as it crackles with vibrant tones of hay, crackers, and fresh bread. Beautifully defined spicy-hop bitterness teases the palate amid an awe-inspiring assortment of yeast-derived nuances and persistently juicy hops. Peppery phenols match the feisty qualities of the hops. Lemony fruitiness generates a lemon meringue pie effect as it teams up with the refined malt. Highly quaffable as a tonic- and honeydew-twinge of tartness adds lift while stimulating the palate. Alcohol is well concealed, though a late dusting of clove and coriander accentuates it slightly. Finishes fluffy with yeast and daintily soft with malt, and sealed with a well-defined lime-peel bitterness and herbal hop snap. Aside from the higher ABV here, this is easily in the same league with world-class Belgian blondes like Zinnebir, Taras Boulba, XX Bitter, La Rulles Estivale, and Russian River Redemption. An absolutely beautiful beer!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lighter golden color with a thick, bubbly head. Aroma is quite sweet and mildly hoppy - honey, candi sugar, citrus hops, and a smooth yeastiness in there. Flavor is a bit more Belgian than most "hoppy Belgian styles" - just sweet enough with lots of sugar, citrus/floral hops, and a sweet maltiness that lingers. Very good with the bronzini and assorted Italian food I was eating. Nice creation.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold, very light haze, amazing long lasting head, bordering on aggressive carbonation. Aroma is a blend of Belgian yeast, faint spice, and a big shot of bitter, hay accented hops. Flavor is similar, that of a typical golden Belgian ale (think Duvel like honey tinged pils malting), with a faint but clear Belgian yeast note, followed by a drying hay, grass, and slight floral hop. Quite nice, like a souped up Duvel is the only way I can describe it. Hops were better balanced by the malts as it warmed. Another good beer from these folks.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cloudy golden pour, with a fizzy head of large, lasting bubbles - citrus hits the nose first, mostly tangerine - this is followed by an earthy, vaguely mineral-ish character, serving as an anchor for a complex array of wildflowers, herbs, and hops - a bit of must and cobweb - smells a bit like a saison with a year or so of age on it - a tiny bit foamy and over-carbonated in the mouth - the flavor is quite dry, and very hoppy - the saazz and hallertau seem to add the most character - a lot of bitter herb character sticks to the hops, making them almost indistinguishable from one another - under the initial layer of bitterness lies a moderate, balancing honey and orange marmalade sweetness - a little grainy character- a lot of citrus pulp and peels arrive late, adding a bit of earthiness and tart character to the finish which remains present only for a moment, as dry bitterness returns in the long, herbal finish - very much like a strong saison, and a tasty one at that.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold colored beer. Slightly hazy and low carbonation. Long lasting white creamy head. Grassy and herbal hop aromas. Tastes nicely bitter. Maybe a bit one dimensional bitter.
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially huge, frothy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, and gum.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Easily the best beer out of Anker in a long, long time...I really didn’t think they had a beer like this in ’em, but it’s a winner. This is their answer to Dupont Moinette, quite frankly, and pretty much just as good (or at least this particular bottle is...more samples are required!!!). Beautifully dry with nice yeasty sourdough-style tartness working in tandem with the bittering hops. Bright and complex aromas, huge lasting head, fluffy mouthfeel...what more could you really ask for? Why can’t more American brewers make stuff like this?!
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled - Criterion Leicester. A bright gold coloured beer with a huge, rocky pillowy head and lots of lacing. The aroma is spicy, yeasty and hoppy. Big lemony, hoppy, peppery taste. A very good beer, but I can’t help but think this is a real Duvel clone.
thornecb (3987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark gold into a tulip. Fluffy conglomerate head with excellent retention leaves spider lacing as it slowly recedes. Orange and anise aromas. Sharp upfront with pine and a lasting bitter resin finish.