brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is fairly standard for a brown ale as it is (shockingly) brown in color with a mild tan colored head.
S: The nose is quite "Belgian" with plenty of fruity esters giving off aromas of banana and pear. There’s a nice bready/malty note to it, along with some brown sugar.
T: The flavor is slightly nutty and bready with plenty of yeast and fruit qualities. The bananas are in full effect, along with a touch of pear, and a slightly spiced note.
M: The body is medium with a full and tingly carbonation to it like a Belgian beer should have.
D: I am beginning to like these Belgian beers from Green Flash more and more. I liked the flavors this one had to offer and look forward to more of these beers.
Leighton (10542) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Bangin’! Pours a dark brown with a nice, firm off-white head. Nose is rife with sweet fruit and candies. Flavor is ruch and malty. Some nice, super ripe dark fruit character, along with toffee and caramel. Sweet, in the flavor and again in the finish. If you like the Ommegang Abbey you’ll love this. The GF is just a little lighter, I would say, but the overall impression is quite similar. Excellent.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy to hazy mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and yeasty hints. Flavour came out sweet with roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and yeast. Finished semi dry.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown pour with a thick sticky tan head. The nose has a sort of soft, Belgiany spiciness. A little bit of nice chewy sweetness, but like a lot of American-brewed “Belgian” ales, the yeast comes across as very dirty. Oddly chewy palate with a lot of clove and light cocoa. Has a sort of indistinct earthy/spicy quality. Meh – I’m not a huge fan of this one.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beachwood. Pours with a brown body and an off-white head. Aroma of banana, baking chocolate and brownies. Taste is banana popsicle, brown sugar and caramel. Watery with medium bubbles.
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber brown with a thin beige head. The aroma has dark fruits, caramel, and a light roast. The flavor has dark fruit, molasses, toffee, some roasty notes, and light hops. Nice.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light copper with a fizzy head. Sweet molasses and brown sugar aroma and taste with a perfumy earthy finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a bruin body with an off white head and good head retention. Fruity and bland mineral tones, a nice yeast sediment and fruity banana notes. Spicy yeast with a dry finish and a light pear prickle. Good brew.
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at green flash. Pours a brownish amber with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of chocolate, Belgian spicy yeast notes and tobacco. Flavor of the same.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Thick pour, more cloudy than your average brown but still buoyed by nice carbonation. Nose was sharp and spicy, with tons of malt and a familiar yeast strain. Slightly sticky and chewy palate bogs things down a bit, and the yeast (which I think they may also use for their Grand Cru) ends up dominating just a bit much. But it’s nutty and sharp in the right balance and was a decent brew on a rainy day.