DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RR Street. Pours hazy brown with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is candi sugary malt, figgy and merloty fruit, dry florals. Tastes fruity, with notes of merlot, earthy funky yeasty esters, some florals and hops and heat in the finish. Solid complexity. A nice find.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit hoppiness and fruity esters become one before peppery hop resins seal this New World Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty amber.
-Alcohol is perceptible in the finish, yet the dryness and smoothness of the body make this treacherously easy to drink.
-This may not be super complex, but it is impeccably rendered and entirely harmonious.
-The soft carbonation doesn’t evoke Belgian character, but the yeast does.
-I would have liked a bit more malt character.
Bottle and on tap at the brewery taproom.
PhillyCraft (3167) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Farmers Cabinet, must have been too shitty to note the pour. Small lacing webs and not much head. Aromas are guava, papaya, tropical notes to the max, boozey grapes, spices, belgian candy sugars. Taste is nice and hoppy, with an alc bite. Perfectly carboanted. Very good.