Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold with almost no head. Effervescent hop aroma with bubble gum and corriander. Taste contains some of the above , with an unexpected, stinging tannic bitterness. Finish is estery, with rubbing alcohol aftertaste, and lingering bitterness. $10/22oz
cheap (4014) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 On tap at Smoken Joes in the southside. Slightly cloudy but for the most part this is a pale lager looking beer. Lots of sparkling carbonation is clinging to the inside of the glass. Yep, smells like a trippel, candylike volatile aroma. Very thin white head. Quite strong on the initial onslaught but possibly not as strong tasting as many of the other american versions of belgie strongs I’ve had. Certainly does not taste like a 9%’er. IMHO could have a little less alky impact but then it would not be a strong ale, would it? Overall, could be a little more refined like most of it’s civilized bretherin. I would say this is more like a trippel than a strong ale. Nice transparent lacing. Did not taste hardly any hop in this brew, in spite of it’s name. Just had a hommel strong ale, much more enjoyable than this.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. pours hazy golden with small white head. aroma is earthy, spicy, and some floral hops. mouthful is dominated by spice and then followed up by a nice bitter hop finish.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Style and Glass: Begian strong; trappist, tulip, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99
Aroma: very nice, spicy, aromatic, smooth, fruity, delicious. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: nice packaging, copper, golden, hazy, unfiltered, thin white head, loose lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: almost balanced, medium malt, heavy hops, surprising, great strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, rippled texture, long bright finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Done in the tradition of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, where the hops and bananas all get in bed together. Definitely a repeat, though maybe not a favorite, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Hempy, piney, citrus hops are present in the nose. Plenty of Belgian yeast banana esters are in there as well. A bit musty. Aroma is intriguing. Mostly transparent golden body with a medium off-white head that is pretty strong. Starts with an orange-flavored hoppiness, which is pretty tasty. It becomes a little sweet and chewy before the Belgian yeast kicks in to give it some banana flavors. A little ethanolic after that, with some piney, grapefruit hop flavors rounding this up. An interesting brew, but I’d rather have their regular IIPA.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown with mild head. flavor of some light candi sugar with almost a medicinal like component. hop flavor is strongly present. a progressive effort, but not one of the stronger versions of the new style i have experienced
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 bottle from fiver29: pours a hazy golden colour with a big white head.
aroma is very nice full of belgina yeast and lots of american hops, sweet malts seem to bring the two together to make a very nice aroma.very enjoyable.
flavour is very belgina upfront with lots of the sweet amlts and good yeast character. the finish is all american ipa with lots of bitter hops some earthy grass and touvhes of grapefruit. a interesting idea that seems to fit. a little over the top on the hops but enjoyable.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at The PB Tap Room. Pours cloudy amber with a bi white head, good lace. Smells yeasty and bready malty with a mellow, sweet hop profile. Tastes about the same with the belgiany yeast and malt except that the hops are more pronounced, bitter and grassy. Nice mix. This is one of the best of this bastard style. Medium body, good carbonation.
mansquito (3346) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brass colored beer with a white head and a really nice fruity smell. The taste is really fruity with a really nice amount of hops. This is not hop slaughter. It is quite flowery and quite bitter. It also leaves no aftertaste which is welcome relief from most D.I.P.As that do.
dchmela (2633) - 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.