dchmela (2614) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle courtesy Durhambeer. Cloudy orange pour with a thick white head. Sweet malt aroma, lots of spice and pepper and big earthy hops. Tatse is medium bodied, huge spicy hop taste with hints of pepper and orange. Dry bitter hop aftertaste. An interesting collaboration of styles, very big and bold yet exhibiting some nice Belgian yeast influences. Good beer.
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear golden-orange color with a thick white head that faded to a layer but left nice lacing. Aroma of sweet honey, a bit of clove and banana, belgian yeast, and some leafy American hops with some pine. Aroma was much hoppier than I anticipated. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some light honey quickly transitions into a fresh, leafy hoppiness with some light citrus fruit and a light belgian yeastiness that dries the palate. Dry and crisp on the palate thanks to the fresh hops. Much better than I expected.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. From Jessup Plaza. Nice cloudy orange pour with a small white head. Aroma of banana and clove, along with some hop aromas. Taste is nice with some banana and clove along with some nice dry hops. Very enjoyable.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Medium gold pour, white head. Yeasty, hoppy aroma. Sweet hoppiness, very subtle though. The hoppiness stays on the tongue for awhile afterwards, very nice.
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer 700. This was a pretty good and delicious beer, cowboys light your fires. And, LET’S GET IT ON, COME ON. Thanks to everyone who helped me get here. And thanks to my palate for being so great.
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
le freak is a sweet smelling and nice looking beer. it has an unusual taste but its palate makes up for it. overall the 9.2 ac is a good reason to try it.
highibus (710) - Vail, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
boy this is freaky. the only problem I have is the belgian yeast mutes the hop aroma. besides tha it is interestng. not bad.
piscator34 (1949) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Hazy apple juice yellow in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of lemony coriander, alcohol, orange, grasses, and some pale malts. A bit disjoint (yet intriguing) in the mouth, with the flavors starting out a bit caramel malty before heading back into bubblegum witbier territory, then ending with an earthy, drying (saison-like) bitterness. Lots going on, and fun to taste, but not one I’d want to revisit anytime soon.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very-highly carbonated clear light amber, big tan head that isn’t going anywhere. Aroma is big piney hops riding over any possible notes available (is there some yeast back there?). Flavor is much the same: feels like a slight softening of the normally brutal west-coast IPA style, with very little taken from the belgian side except for a slightly creamy, slightly malty finish. This is a very heavy beer, sustained only by its very high carbonation and its surprisingly good job of hiding the 9%. Still, definitely not a favorite, especially considering the other great versions of this style out there.
pineypower (2492) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle...pours out a mostly clear orange hued copper with a moderate fluffy white head. Aroma is a very nice mix of citrus hops, yeast, banana and clove. Taste is complex, notes of banana, clove, yeast and some spice mix well with grapefruity hops. A lingering sticky sweetness melds well with the bitterness of the hops. Slight alcohol on the finish. A marriage of two of my favorite styles.