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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Complex Belgian Ale spiced with corriander and orange. Served unfiltered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1423) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Last one I sampled, and by far my fav. it makes the other wheat beer pale in comparison. nicely hazy, great bold citrus and spice, really packs a punch. Very well crafted, especially liked the smoothness and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy light amber color with a thin and fluffy off-white head that disappears quickly. Nil lacing. Zesty citrus aroma, with a bit of sweet spice. Medium-bodied and very smooth on the tongue with a straightforward sweet and spice balance that interplays with citrusy hops flavor. A bit of alcohol comes through as the glass progresses. The finish is lightly bitter and lingering. For a "regular" Belgian ale this is pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Strong but good... one of them kicked my butt a little bit. If you can get it TRY IT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Tap 5/25/05 Dark orange pour, topped with a bubbly white head. Nice belgian lace. Spicy aromas with lots of corriander, orange, yeast, and a touch of grassy hops. Full bodied with very pleasant, mild carbonation. Malty flavors turn dry and spicy, with more orange and corriander. Just a touch of yeast on an overall very soft finish. Hides the alcohol frighteningly well. Very nice Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cazort (555) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
This is a strange beer. Itís very sweet, and has a sour aftertaste that is not altogether unpleasant, but that I wasnít a huge fan of. Its flavour is very complex, but I feel it almost has so much going on that it tastes confused. An interesting beer, but definitely not one of my favourites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Had this just after the Cleveland Brewing Festival 4/05. Looks like Iím the first one to rate the 2005. Served in a pint glass at the brewing company (tap). It came with a frothy white head and had a cloudy orange color. The aroma was spicy with wheat and some citrus sweetness (lemon perhaps). I thought that some people might like an orange or lemon wedge in this. The flavor was very similar to a white beer (blue moon came to mind) but with a much more interesting character. Orange and wheat flavors with some back bone/strength (alcohol) underneath. The body was mild and creamy with a watery/foamy ending. Thought I read that someone thought this was Holey Mosesí big brotherÖI can understand why. Very nice effort, though "grand crew" never came to mind. This will be great to drink as weather warms up in Cleveland!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Orange pour, small white head. Aroma is massive on the orange. Flavor is a syrupy cloying orange juice, with a massive amount of orange peel and coriander thrown in here. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy which did not go with this beer. There was just too much fruit in here that it almost wasnít beer anymore. Itís weird to see how you change a rating so drastically from 2 years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Draft: hazy amber w/ a lasting white head. Plum, malt, light caramel, hints of freshly mown grass; plum get heavier as it warms. Malty & well balanced, but finishes on the sweet side w/ plum & alcohol aftertaste. Also a bit of a hop flavor in the aftertaste. Peppery spice, light clove w/ a light alcohol fruitiness in between. Very smooth m/f, higher carbonation, light alcohol warmth as it warms. Not very familiar w/ the style, but not a bad beer. Iím mildly turned off by the hop aftertaste, but thatís just my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
This one has a big poofy white head. Itís very citrusy with orange and clove. Itís very drinkable as well with a good malt backbone. A bit hoppy-bitter for style. Before I even found out that it was basically Holy Moses big brother, I noticed the similarities. Both are excellent beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3860) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2004
On tap at the brewpub. Cloudy golden amber color with a candi sugar and coriander nose. Nice head that left good lacing. Pleasant warming alcohol sensation as you drink it. Nice body and nice balance between the sweet and spice. Bitter orange peel and coriander are noticable, as is a real hop presence in the finish. Nice beer.

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