FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Vintage bottle (I believe); Sampled August 2010
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a light honey color that shows a brilliantly clear, madly bubble filled, pale gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of green apples, pear, cracker like malt in the finish and once you start digging around a very interesting, vibrant fruit character that reminds me of orange soda, and exactly like orange soda.
The taste is pretty dry, in fact definitely dry and it has a fizzy, carbonic texture that certainly helps this perception. A soft, cracker like grain character is found in the middle and is joined by a suggesting of pale malt character that is not quite sweetness, but sort of there. The beer has a fairly light body, especially for its strength, but doesn’t seem to quite achieve the light bodied character of Duvel; this is still quite quaffable though. There is a touch of fruitiness to the flavor, but nothing like the levels that were noticeable in the nose. There is a touch of dusty grain character in the finish, that might be the only real sign of age at this point, though there is perhaps a touch of a boost to the malt complexity found in this beer, both of these are slight though and this beer is certainly holding up quite well.
A solid example in the Duvel style; there is not anything new or exciting about this, but if I was in the mood for a Duvel’ish beer I could definitely see considering this instead of a Duvel (for varieties sake).
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting.
Aroma : Some honey with hints of bees wax. Some coriander as well.
Taste : Honey with coriander and some spices. Finish is alcoholic with hints of honey.
Overall : Good stuff !
TaktikMTL (6094) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Fred82. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de céréales et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de céréales et d’apricots. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #2997)
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big ol’ corked bottle from Iron Hill, Lancaster (thanks Pa!)...golden-amber pour, sudsy white head...sweet malt aroma, some spice...flavor was somewhat sweet, bready, sugar cane, some spice...not a big fan (yet) of Belgian Ale’s, but this was pretty good.
bubbleflubber (1873) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy straw-gold into the glass, with an initial 4-finger fizzy head that diminishes to a respectable cap, leaving soapy window-wash lace. A melon-citrus nose, with hints at plantain, and tons of spices. The flavors contain some yeasty sours, melony citrus that concentrates on "limon" (lemon-lime crossbreed), and finishes on pie spices with a hint of alcohol and tiny pine resin. It doesn’t feel quite as complex as I’ve described, with a medium embodiment and soft carbonation that leaves an underdeveloped mouthfeel.... not quite flat, but a tad uninteresting. All-in-all, it has all of the characteristics of a BSA, but top-tier offerings seem to integrate all of the facets a little better.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml from Iron Hill, Media. Pours and smells much like a biere de garde, a bold gold with some amber at the edges. Moderate carbonation, and a very fruity nose. Body is moderate, a bit oily. The taste is bready and a bit washed out, with some light fruits surviving and only a trace of hops. Still, the finish is wicked dry, almost too much so. Not bad, but nothing I’d hunt down again.
dalekliz (885) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a clear dark gold-amber with a white head. Sharp aroma, of pine, grass, lemon, yeast, dried fruit. Sharp taste, of pine, malt, caramel, and grass. Lingering pine sharpness. Nice.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Decent beer. Not as good as the other Belgians they offer. I paid twenty bucks for the bomber and feel it’s a huge rip-off., thus the low rating. If it was half the price, I’d put it about a 3.6 or so.
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of orange, barnyard, yeast, and biscuit. Flavor of yeast, citrus, apricot, apple, and floral.
travita (4196) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bullzeye. The smell is peaches, apriocts, yeast, sweet, and alcohol. The look is golden, very clear, and not much head. The taset is fruit, citrus, yeast, alcohol, and some spice.