theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of MaltOMeal. Pour is cloudy hazy orange, reddish with a one inch off white head that falls pretty quick. Some patchy lacing. Aroma of resin citrus hops, toasted bread malt and faint spicy yeastiness. Taste is bitter hops immediately, followed by citrus peel sweetness, then the malt leading to a honey sweet drying finish, followed by another touch of bitterness. There is a grassy, straw flavor to the long finish. Flavorful beer, with quite a bit going on. Palate starts medium, but thins out towards its very dry finish. Hint of alcohol in the warming aftertaste. This was nice, but not terribly refined. Thanks for sending this my way Bill.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with a big beige head. Aroma of piney hops, yeast, spices and some banana. Flavor of piney hops, sweet malts and a little fruit.
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from 22 oz bottle a semi murky orange amber color, medium carbonation and a very dense, frothy, white head that sticks around while drinking. Aroma is a mix of pine, grass and citrus hops notes, yeasty, doughy with some spice and a slight banana scent. Flavor has an alcohol warmth throughout the tasting. A sweet bread flavor hits first with some light banana esters and yeasty notes, moves into a piny/grassy hop bitterness bite and finishes with very ripe banana flavor. The beer is very smooth and probably one of the more unique blending of styles I have ever had the chance to drink. Overall I am very pleased with this selection for the evening, highly recommending it to those have the opportunity to pick up locally. This may be one I keep around in my fridge on a consistent basis due to the great range of flavors present.
bleeng (1563) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to me. Big head and hazy gold. Nose is very citrusy, lemony, with oranges also evident. Taste is very light bodied, mellow, with some hops but also that familiar Belgian yeast. Is there Brett in here? Alcohol is not evident. Very drinkable and I will search this out when it hits Houston.
SudsMcDuff (6524) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
i canít stand to see a robot cry, letís watch T.V.... ever drank a whole bottle of NyQuil just for shits and gigs? ... wheres the wick? $125 for rockstar shit? ... and who is dumb enough to buy a fast food sandwich for $8?... Le Freak, man, glad to try this in my neck of the fat sucked wheather mans neighborhood ... lots of belgian honey hops... damn frigidy good lacing and coco white head ... parole officer says i need an upgrade, or they wonít give me back my stabbin knife... wow, fantastic brew here.. bitter , sweeet, balanced like a eraser on a pencil erasing a doodle of a naked man at that porno dudes house ... so so easy to drink... smooth, enjoyable, the real mccoy ... at&t, ever been to brussels, cuz i want to kick your arse... quite an amazingly enjoyable and crisp bitter example of the hop (and the genius thinking out of the box yeast examples in this brew)and the playful sensation of bitterness on the tongue and complete coating of the trap... ballack, what a goal, but roons was tap-rific! ... i may not make sense to you the reader, who reads my crap anyway, but this is a great beer, great bitterness, smooth as silk, aggressive yet retarded kitten like... buy this if you see it, me personally will be buying quite a few more bottles of this wonderful elixer, or butt sex...
dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Red Bank. I drank the whole bottle in a Duvel tulip style glass in two pours of about 11 oz each pour. The initial pour was a super clear copper orange body with tons of visible rising carbonation and a large tightly packed pluffy white head that leaves tons of lace. The second pour was a murky solid orange body with the same great head that actually had even more staying power. Aroma on this one is very much dominated by the Belgian triple style and not so much from the Imperial Pale Ale. Aroma was loads of peppery spices, over ripe banana, yeast, fresh dough, flowers and grapefruit rind. Palate has a medium/full mouthfeel, slightly creamy with lots of lively carbonation and finishes rather dry and bitter. At first I wasnít sure about the palate but it really grew on me with the creamy/dry/bitter combo. Flavor is once again triple dominated with lots of peppery spices, yeast, bread, flower stems(donít ask I was an odd child), grapefruit rind. Not sure if it was the beer warming up or the 9% ABV warming me up but by the time my bomber was gone I was really wanting some more.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Re-rate 12/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks kerenmk. Hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of fruity esters, some hops and a soapy touch. Sweetish flavor with fruitiness, yeast, spiciness and a bitter finish, kinda alcoholic. Medium-bodied. Not my thing. 6/3/5/3/10=2.7
(10/31/08) Draught sample at Blue Palms in Hollywood (thanks Brian for the free beer!). Hazy golden. Aroma of floral hops, malt and some citrus. Slightly sweet and malty flavor at first, continues bitter, hoppy and citrusy with a background of caramel. Medium to full-bodied. Good. 7/3/74/15=3.6
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity cloves, and pine nose. Gold amber with slight haze, big head and lacing. Resin clove sweetness, piney bitter orange peel, aggressive flavor but balanced. Full body, big carbonation, intense burning clovey sweet finish. Excellent beer, reminds me of Piraat, big and bold, yet sophisticated.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Bier One in Newport, OR. Slightly hazy golden amber with a fine white head and nice lacing. Exceptionally floral, spicy and citrusy nose. Initial complex sugar overtaken quickly by pine and grapefruit peel. I think I would all-out love it if I was told it was only an IPA/APA.
fidelis83 (2125) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy dark orange with a chunky and creamy off white head head that lasts forever. Aroma is of citrus, pine, spicy yeast, lime, buttermilk covered sourdough, caramel, uncut pineapple, burnt sugar and toast. Flavor is full of orange peels and grapefruit right away, pepper melange, caramel, leafy greens, rhubarb, and bitter lime. Finish is bitter citrus hops, spicy yeasty bread and and old butter. Not a bad brew but it kinda shattered my dreams of these two styles somehow melding and becoming the best beer style ever. Bastards.