Sigmund (5180) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.2%. Deep golden colour, slightly hazy, with a big white (or slightly off-white) head. Lovely aroma of Belgian ale yeast, white candi sugar and various spices (incl cloves), hints of leather. The flavour is spicy and zesty with a solid hoppy punch throughout, but Iíd never have guessed that the IBU was as high as 101. Mixing Belgian and American ale styles is not always successful, but I think Le Freak is a very good try.
dpjuart (1068) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with some time on it. Pours golden orange with a white, filmy head. Nose of apple, resin, bread. Bitter and dry, astringent, fruity apple.
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Radiant copper with a lemon hue. Compact, creamy, rocky white head exhibits impressive retention. Candy sugar, grapefruit pith, yeast (pistachio), mango, papaya, honey-soaked apricot, and hints of honeydew melon and spruce tips on the nose. Soft and snug carbonation. The bodyís density is beautifully offset by an explosive and succulent hop inundation reminiscent of vibrant mango and softer floral tones. Conifer-tinged hop bitterness slowly surfaces, dovetailing with and coarsening the slippery fruitiness. While there is lots of clean and lustrous hop flavor, throughout, some creeping orange marmalade and aspirin detrimentally affects the overall luster. Nutty, toasty malt is well polished, though never remotely overexerts itself, providing sufficient support and definition along with plenty of soft palate-hugging textures. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, though it does teeter on the edge of medicinal due to the marginally disproportionate residual sugars. Semi-dry finish reveals a simple yet equally flavorsome fusion of sweet malt and juicy hops. Aside from the slight yeastiness and aspirin-like hop notes, this is quite solid. This brewery makes a handful of nice beers.
RichardGretton (4260) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy orangy golden beer with a strong white head. The aroma is very spiced and bitter, and the flavour is deeply bitter with a long lasting bitter and spiced finish. Overall a nice very strong bitter and spiced beer.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Cask íní Kitchen.
Hazy yellow gold with a thin white head. Very malty nose. Some sugar and nuts, slight citric fruit and some sweet yeasty notes. Plum jam and some other preseve fruit. Lots of hops but all I get is bitterness. Just not a fan. Sorry folks.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well this is different. Interesting blend, that is for sure. I donít see the appeal of blending the two excellent styles. I just donít see the need for this one, but Iíll hand it to Green Flash for the experimentation.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz. Bottle Slightly hazy and golden orange in color, no head to speak of. Hoppy aroma, some yeast a little bretty. Oily body really bitter and dry. Too sweet for me, the styles donít marry well in my opinion. More Impy IPA than Tripel. Lingering bitterness, some metallic and a little boozy. this is the last experimental beer I think Iím going to try. More often than not they are dissapointing.
mar (4881) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a cream head. Dried fruits, light hops, yeast, and musk on the nose. Nice palate, flavor matches the nose except itís got more musk.
jonas (5698) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange-yellow, big golden head. Citric aroma, yeast and hops. Dry yeasty, salty, citrus, dry grass aftertaste. Medium to light body, sparkly, resiny dry mouthfeel. I would have preferred slightly less agressive hops on this one.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
spicy aroma, pepper, some hops. Pours a very nice cloudy orange, carbonated with a huge dense head. Some sweetness, hops in the middle, alcoholy finish. Light body.