beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 2/12/2013. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, yeasty and spicy. A medium bodied Belgian Golden Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, with some orange, pineapple and tropical. The hops are citrusy and spicy. Decent carbonation. Fruity and spicy. Lots of flavors going on here, fruity, estery, spicy and some yeasts. Hides the alcohol very well. Very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly cloudy amber orange with a finger thick cream colored head. Full floral, spice and caramel nose and flavor with bready malt as well. A bit of the esters and citrus fruit shining through as well. Really complex and smooth drinking. Hides the ABV well.
joeneugs (3555) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Tap 25. It pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is surprisingly weak. Spicy woody hops with some lemon orange citrus. Flavor is herbal spruce pine hops. Estery yeast. Some orange spicy finish. A bit sweet. Bitter finish. Interesting beer that I would like to revisit.
marcus (6860) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours golden with a modest off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a rich light malt flavor that exhibits sweet Belgian yeast characteristics and a very dry slightly bitter finish.
mrmartin (733) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Golden pour with bright white 1 finger head. Highly carbonated and clear. Strong yeast nose with citrus and grassy hop notes.Good balance of semisweet malts, grassy hops tapers off relatively dry. Bitter finish with a hint of alcohol.
bhensonb (11675) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours orange tinged gold with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is quite fruity - full of mixed esters. Near full bodied. Flavor is pretty much exotic fruit with a nice caramel backing and some yeast/spice points. It’s very clean - which distinguishes it from many Belgians. The mouth feel is a little slick. Perhaps that’s an indicator of the alcohol. Otherwise the heat is in the exhalation. Very, very nice.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Malt and yeast aroma with spice and light breadiness. Malt and yeast flavor with light fruitinss and light breadiness. Medium bodied. Malt and light breadiness lingers with light spice and light fruitiness.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of caramel and pilsner malts with lemon zest and citrus hops, coriander, banana, clove, and other Belgian yeast smells.
T - Starts off with a mix of pilsner and caramel malts with some citrus hops, coriander, and clove. Through the middle some floral hops come through with some mild bitterness alongside more Belgian yeast flavors including some banana, more spices, and some other farmhouse esters. The finish is mix of caramel and pilsner malts, Belgian yeast esters, and spices.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and estery finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice BSPA with good overall balance. Nice yeast forward flavors.