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 (1789) - 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.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to BeerHawk for sharing this one at decaturstevo’s 2008 Zapit Tasing Tasting.
Hazy gold body with a frothy white head.
Muted hops in the aroma along with orange peel and spice.
Malty spicy flavor with a bit of licorice.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a generous soul at the HMoG at the Brick Store.
Pours hazy yellow with a small white creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing.
The aroma was dominated by light fruits, with pineapples and lemons playing prominently. There was also a big bready malt aroma in the background.
The taste follows the nose with the light fruits and bready malt, but there is definitely a bit more spicy Belgian yeast than the aroma.
The mouthfeel is smooth but highly carbonated and very crisp in the finish.
This is a good Belgian and tough to categorize, but, either way, it’s tasty.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 My Bottom Line:
An explosive perfume of pine, flower petals and herbs leads to bubblegum phenols and profound resinous hop bitterness in this loud yet personable Double IPA/Belgian-style Strong Ale hybrid.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty golden amber.
-The aroma is very complex and definitely hop happy.
-Some pineapple-like fruitiness comes from the union of hops and doughy yeast.
-Even though it is not really balanced, this brew is very flavorful throughout and quite enjoyable.
-The malt character is of sweetened bread.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
About a 1 inch thick head of medium sized but very dense bubbles. Pretty active carbonation. Belgian yeasty aroma with some white grapes, pears, straw, and sugary sweetness. Color is a dark golden orange. Wonderful flavor. Nice malt backbone. Caramel, oranges, abundant grapefruit bitterness and dry grainy cereal notes. Finishes bitter with lingering grapefruit rind and dryness. A very good and very hoppy belgian. Good stuff!
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22-oz bottle. Has this beer paired with a nice fish dinner and it really went well. Appearance was a hazy-golden color with an aroma of oranges, belgian yeast and candi sugar. Taste the same as the aroma with the added additiona of a spicy taste of pepper at the finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from nearbeer. Poured a clear bright orange color. The head was creamy and off white. Attractive aroma of distinct flower blossom, clove, and orange marmalade. Light to medium bodied and dry-ish with moderate hop bitterness. The 9% ABV was noticeable, but not overpowering. The citrusy/piney hops and spicy flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast worked well together. I also tasted a bit of distinct grapefruit rind after the finish. Maybe a bit too much alcohol, but otherwise delicious.
tomthompson89 (1858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured nice golden color nice foam and very cloudy, nose is sweet spicy hops, some belgian spices and some pine. flavor is greatgreat hop character with everything u would want in a trippel. Fantastic beer