Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Amber, nice hue with slight haze, stable head. Aroma is very familiar, herbal, American saison, St. Somewhere-like. Spicy-floral. Guava and membrillo pastes, with edible flowers. Light palate. The alcohol is completely, admirably well-disguised. The flavors pretty much match the aromas, with the quince pocket of fruit, and getting some lavender too. Yuzu and other mild, non-acidic citrus, plus rip carambola. Very, very sweet. The first few sips seem cloying but then the palate adjusts and then, it manages to be drinkable. It’s admittedly overtone of fruits and flowers without much depth of character, foundation of malt, or undertone highlight., But all together an impressive offering.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2012
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is strange one indeed. It has the aroma of white pepper and rotted oranges and maybe cough syrup. It’s a 2010 edition which is not old at all for something like this, so I have to imagine. I tried two just to make sure it wasn’t an infected bottle. It’s sweet like a mimosa that has nutrisweet mixed in. I have to assume the brewer planned this and chose the psuedo-Bret strand accordingly. Drain pour.
SPDickerman (1117) - Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Vintage. Pours opaque orange with small white fizz. Smells peppery and fruity with hints of bitterness underneath. Tastes fruity, sweet malted with hints of pepper or funk, pretty much a solid tripel with some saison qualities. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and surprisingly soft mouth-carbonation, Holy Mackerel Panic Attack (2011) finishes with some slightly unpleasant sweetness.
bhensonb (13726) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Liz. Pours copper with a very slight white head. Aroma is yeasty/dusty. Med body. Flavor is sort of barley wine/roast malt - with some brown sugar (barley wine?). There’s some citrus and some yeast/spice. Perhaps a bit floral. I call this Belgian barley wine. Very different. So it takes some getting used to - and I have.
Aurelius (4961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An artificial, cherry soda aroma. Hazy, light brown beer, the label looks as if it were designed by the guys down at the Surf Shak. A strange brew -- prominent cherry cola/Dr. Pepper. Cinnamon, spices, moderate cinnamon bark astringency. Just one of these should be enough for you. If it is, in fact, 10% ABV then the alcohol is well-masked. Light, spice-bitter finish which clings a bit. New Leaf Market.
ICEatALAMO (1276) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Now this is my kind of Belgian Strong. Aroma was nice and sweet and the taste did not disappoint. Acquired from a trade, if I could get myself a 6-pack of this, I would. Nice smooth finish. I am not a huge Belgian fan, but this one hit the spot.
Bosco (279) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, little to no head/lace. Sweet. Hardly a Belgian style. Weak.
$1.79/12 oz @ Total Wine & More.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: October 12, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, spicy, orange
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: sweet orange flavor, candy sweetness, nice spicyness, touch of candied ginger
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
anders37 (22242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity sweetish spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy finish.
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well - a bit disappointing. Well, very disappointing. Perhaps an infection or poor handling - not sure - aroma is sour, but extremely sweet - overpowering. Smells a bit of infection - don’t know. No alcohol burn. Oh well.