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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Complex Belgian Ale spiced with corriander and orange. Served unfiltered.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Draft. Medium white head, clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some honey, spicy, coriander, cotton candy. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some honey, light cardamom, cotton candy, alcohol astringency.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7634) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Growler courtesy of goryshkewych. Pours a hazy amber with a nice white stubborn head. Smells of ginger, coriander, cloves, pepper, dough, some residual sugar. Tastes earthy with some dry malt, lots of spice, some touches of citrus. Nice, but I was hoping for a little more flavor to suit the nice nose on this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Tap: Hazy amber hue with frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of apricot, apple, orange zest, allspice, corriander, earthy and zesty yeast esters. The taste starts with a tart fruit and sugery candy combo. Mild bitterness, spice, and flowery finish. Lively and sharp mouthfeel, slightly warming. A touch too much hops for style but still very quaffable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Sampled on draft at Smokin Joes this beer poured a dark amber color with a medium sized yellow-white head. The aroma was sugary, fruity and a bit boozy. The flavor was dryish, tangy and yeasty with a note of candied fruit. Boozy yet again on the taste and especially on the sharp and tangy finish. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2010
Growler brought back by a friend. Pours a hazy gold with a medium off-white head. Banana and clove in the nose, but there is a peppery coriander characteristic that helps to mute those other notes along with some sweet malt. Peppery coriander flavor with sweet malt and a dry bitter finish. I didnít really pick up on the orange, but still pretty good for a style I typically donít go for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4295) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Draft at Dexters. Filtered looking orange-tan. Thin, oily white head. Hmm..this one is different. Creamy big Golden Ale, reminds me of Bier De Corsaire. Creamy, lots of smooth yeast notes. Could benefit form a more Belgian effervescence, as it is itís a little undercarbonated. Orange-fruity yeast tones, all laced with alcohol and a faint Syrian-like bitterness. Solid beer, well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4200) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2011
This poured a hazy orange color with a a white head. Aroma was of strong belgian spice, aka coriander and orange peel, some yeast, and sweet candy sugar. Flavor was dominated with spice, not overly sweet like some belgians, and the alcohol is hidden very well too. Good example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3398) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2012
On tap at the source... Pours fairly similar to burning river, caramel orange brown and topped a soapy white head... Aroma of sweet crystal malt and Belgian yeast, dried fruit to pair up with the aforementioned. Sweet... Flavors are banana with sweet yeastiness and pale malt throughout. Medium bodied with medium level of carbonation. Not bad but not my style.


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