ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
A: Pours a dark, hazy amber color with lots of carbonation. Typical of the style, the head is really nice - it’s about three fingers high and barely off-white in color. The texture is rather foamy and retention is excellent. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, as well.
S: Quite estery, with a lot of banana, apple, white grape, pear, and coriander notes. I do pick up some noble hops, but their mild presence is a little disappointing. Then again, there IS a reason I got this Gouden Carolus mixed 4-pack at clearance prices...
T: Opening hop bitterness makes itself well known right from the start. Hops slowly fade away to reveal plenty of biscuit, bread, apple, honey, and white grape notes on the back end. More subtle flavors of black pepper and coriander are also evident, along with budding hints of citrus as it sits in the glass some more. The solid depth is good, but it’s real crowning feature is its easy drinking nature.
M: Dry, as expected. The hop profile does its job admirably here, and that is to cleanse the finish in order to invite further sips. I wouldn’t call it particularly light in texture, though this hardly inhibits drinkability - it certainly doesn’t betray the fact this is 8%.
O: Damn, this is good stuff. It’s exactly what I expected it to be: a rock-solid BSPA with an extra helping of hops. This could have the potential to be amazing fresh.
Ambro206 (238) - ITALY - MAY 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Birra color biondo scarico. Schiuma abbondante e compatta color bianco. Interessante ed intenso aroma di luppoli nobili, spezie, erba. In bocca il lievito si fa sentire in accordo con il lievito belga. Corpo medio basso, carbonazione abbondante e forse un filo fastidiosa. Una classica rivisitazione IPA in stile belga. Piacevole, non eccezionale.
androman (737) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Body is hazy orange, head is big, white, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is fruity, flavor is spicy, apple, biscuit, belgian yeast. Medium sweet, light bitter, light sour, light acidic. Finish is medium lasting fruity sourish bittersweet, light salty. Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation. Not very easy, typical belgian strong ale, not too exciting.
bytemesis (4139) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale amber, large beige head, creamy, nice lacing. Orange, pine, Belgian spice, bready. Medium sweet, light bitter. Medium body.
sdmmb (1147) - USA - APR 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drunk from 75ck bottle bought at delhaize. Extra hoppy version of the Gouden Carolus' beer.
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roald76 (13) - NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heerlijk bier, lekker bittertje, goudgeel troebel, smaakt koud heerlijk fris en hoppig.
nihtila (1402) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
18.9.2014. Pale slightly hazy orange. Aroma is quite mild with some lemon, zest and herbs. Palate is smooth, sharp carbonation, tastes yeast, lemon, pepper, hops. Slightly sour. A bit hoppier belgian.
yy0pp (782) - - MAR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma - Citrus, malts, herbs. Taste - Fruit, spice, hops.
ForlornHope (173) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle at home. Pours a clear yellow with a large white head. Aroma of juicy fruit, grain and peppery hop. Taste is sweet to start, followed by a firm but light bitterness. Rich and sticky palate, there is also further sweet fruitiness and peppery, resin flavours from the hopping. Short dry finish. Not bad.
MadRobin (2264) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 330ml bottle.
Sparkling, hazy, golden color with a huge, persistent, off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of light fruit, lime, celery, puffed cereal, candy and biscuits.
Taste of lemon/lime, ginger, apples, white grapes, other light fruit, grain, cereal and yeast.
Medium body and medium/high carbonization with a spritzy mouthfeel.
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XCaellaX (22) - Bramois, SWITZERLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle from Drink d’Annevoie, BE. Yellow-gold, cloudy, frothy white head. Aroma: moderate malty, toast, moderate hoppy. Flavor: moderate sweet, light heavy beer. Nice, but not exceptional