hayduke (4485) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a rich and hazy gold color with a very robust white head and excellent lacing. Good start on appearance. The nose is yeasty, with cloves and floral and citrus hops. Lively and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is complex with all sorts of unidentifiable spices in addition to the cloves, and the finish is bitter. Very good drinking brew and one I will search out again.
CheersMate (1337) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Picked up at Brawleys in Charlotte, North Carolina. Nice fluffy head with an orange color that looks wonderful. Nice yeast and sweet malty aroma. Smells wonderful. Carbonation is a bit much but the balance between the hops and the yeast is amazing. The Cali beer from Stone is just as good. This beer is awesome. Nice hop/yeast aroma. Great pungent aroma. Nice smooth taste, this helps overcome the carbonation. Feels good on my tongue. Very good beer. Hops obviously dominate. Great bittering hop flavor at the end. Yeast mixes in well at the end with the hops. Belgian yeast smell dominates. Damn good beer ; cheers!
ScoWRee (409) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden with a huge white fluffy head.Aroma of cloves. Tastes very hoppy, Has a hint of clove and other spice with some fruity notes. "Extreme Ale" and "Belgian Triple" is not accurate. This is more of an IPA
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhat hazy, deep golden color...thick fluffy head, with great lacing. Bold aroma, with a multitude of sweet and spicy notes. Just a hint of sweetness in the front, which is quickly overpowered by tangy hop flavor in the back...mouthfeel is very crisp. Finish has a slight citrus flavor interlaced with a solid spiciness. This brew has most of the appearance, aroma and palate of a classic tripel, though mixed with many of the flavor profiles of an IPA...unusual, yet pleasing.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 My rating was 95% finished and it was lost. To (briefly) sum it up. This is very nice, toasty malt, fruit, and white pepper in the nose. Tropical, light and citrus fruits in the flavor along with some black pepper and honey. Thick mouthfeel but the bitterness and maybe a touch of alcohol makes for a nice finish. Would purchase again. (~1.014 final gravity)
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright orange colo, with a medium off white head. Smells of some candy sugar, mixed with a variation of spices and hops. Some dark sweet fruit was noticeable as well. The flavor was pretty spicy, decent little alcohol presence was there also. Got mixtures of swet fruits and hops in the finish. pretty interesting brew. Not overly sweet like some tripels, but with enough hops to give it some balance.
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow...this is some very unique stuff. Pours a hazy orange with a huge rocky white head. Fruit and hops on the nose. Tatses like an overly-hopped Belgian ale, which isn’t necessarilly a bad thing; just very different. If you like Belgian ales and American IPAs (like I do), you will probably enjoy this unique creation. Recomended.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange-amber with rocky white head. Interesting fruity notes (peach, pears, apricot) emerge from the melding of belgian yeast and citrus hoppiness. Flavor is a bit disappointing, however. A little boring up front, with some decent bitterness in the finish. Orange peels, belgian yeast, some subtle fruits, and a bit of spice. Not terrible, but not great.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good stuff. Aroma is very very hoppy. Flavor starts overwhelming hoppy,yum, but finishes yeasty and sweet just enough, really good.
ToddA (21) - California, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the first time for me to try this beer. Seems like the last time was better as the IPA factor and the Belgian Tripel factor were combating each other versus complementing. Sort of a train wreck but in not the worst sense to the term...