jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear golden amber, copper and bronze coloured body with a thin, nice laced tan head. Aroma of immediate belgian yeast, some pungent hops, a lot of alcohol, warm cognac, brandy and some honey - strong nose. Full-bodied; Dense malty mouthful at first with a big hop bite, some subdued fruity and yeast notes with a lot of deep resinous and piney bitterness at the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol warmth, similar to a scotch, with a deep malty and lightly dry and oaky finish - all with some honey and rather assertive sweetness. Overall, a nice, well-balanced and multi-layered beer with some nice characteristics. A bit still rough around the edges, but that makes sense, and even after a few years, I’d think this would still be showing some harshness. I sampled this 37,5 cL split bottle purchased from Super Jr Market (Best Damn Beer Shop) in San Diego, California on 07-June-2013 for US$3.49 sampled at home in Washington on 10-January-2014.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Big bottle. Big cap. Big pour of orange-amber. Big (initially at least) head that quickly gives up. Big, big aroma of oak and whiskey. Big mouthfeel. Big flavor of spicy wood, and resinous acidity. Big beer. A bit too big in the varnish aspects for me. (#5346, 12/5/2013)
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
750ml bottle pours a clear orange with some thin, white head. Nose of... barf. Seriously. Orange, trash, rotten fruit. Flavor is also barfy, rotten fruit, candy, booze. Nasty.
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, dark amber-copper color, with a pillowy beige head, with a yeasty, doughy, spicy nutmeg, Grand marnier liqueur, candied orange, tangerine peel, panettone cake yeast nose, with some orange marmalade, faint honeyed toasted, pale, biscuity, caramel malt, light floral citrus hop notes, and a mild candi sugar, apple pie crust accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice warmth boozy, yeasty, fruity, candied orange, tangerine peel, spiced orange marmalade, panettone cake character, with some toasted, biscuity, caramel, pale malty, candi sugar, flowery citrus, leafy, grassy hoppy flavours, with a zesty citrusy, Grand Marnier liqueur undertone, leading towards a warming alcoholic syrupy, fruity candied orange peel, orange marmalade, Grand Marnier liqueur, candi sugar, lingering citrus, leafy, grassy hop dry bitterness finish.
superspak (3397) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, light banana, clove, pepper, caramel, honey, candi sugar, toast, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, grape, caramel, honey, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, citrus, citrus peel, caramel, toast, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of citrus hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Boutip (5181) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of citrus hops with quite a bit of residual sugar with light spicy notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light spicy yeast notes and an overly sweet aftertaste. Body is quite full with carbonation that is a bit too low for style and no apparent alcohol. Original concept of this beer appears interesting but lack of attenuation and overly sweet finish ruins it for me.
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrume avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est orangée-ambrée opaque avec une faible densité de bulles. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’orange avec une pointe d’épices et fruits tropicaux. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’orange en arrière goût. (Rating #5117)
badpuppy69 (288) - orange, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper small head. Aroma is citrucy Belgium yeast with a slight banana note. Taste begium spicy yeast citrucy hop character. Pretty Good but simple.
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3: Poured a copper orange with thin off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and hops. Taste is nice rich malt with sharp hops bite.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle - pours ruddy, cloudy, red-orange with nice, full, white head, lasting. Big fragrant aromas of candied fruit, citrus, peaches, and good yeast. Creamy plate, with decent orange fruit, numbing bitterness at the finish that fills the mouth. Long finish that continues to change. Very nice and drinkable at high ABV.