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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Belgo-American Ale brewed with special Canadian Honey Malt, generous additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Saaz hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast. Enjoy the tawny color, thick scent of tropical fruit and flowers, warming flavors of honey and clove, and clean, bitter finish.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
750mL bottle, April 2007, #805. Poured translucent medium orange with a short-lived cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter caramel, toasted lighter fruits, and a faint hint of smoke with a warm, aged, tangy impression.. muted hoppage, likely due to age. The flavor had the same caramel with mild bready malts at the core.. spicy black pepper, floral bitterness, and boozy warmth surrounded.. finished with unidentifiable prickly bitterness and tacky maltage. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and lots of bitterness (especially as it warmed up).. balance was OK, but this likely lost some panache due to age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle from 2007. More malty and wheaty and yeasty than Hoppy due to the age, but nonetheless a nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle from 2007. Starts off bright red orange at the beginning of the bottle, and becomes a nice cloudy cider color by the end. The aroma has sweet honey, floral hops, and honeydew. The body is a bit thin. Age has left this on the malty side, but nice floral hop notes still come through, as well as honey, caramel, and a touch of spice. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
(bottle - 750 ml) Copper pour with not much of a head. Very light carbonation and lacing. Aroma is sweet and yeasty with some good Belgian spices but also a light touch of hops. Lots of candied sugars and some pepper as well. Flavor is sweet and lightly bitter at the start that gives way to a malty and earthy middle and a light hoppy finish that blends well with the spice and yeast. Finishes clean, dry, and tart with a very light alcohol presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k and shared by theisti. Tasted in March ’08. Bottle # 135, bottled in April ’07. Aroma of citrus, candi sugar, pine resin. Initial flavor is resin, pine, and citrus followed by a noticeable, bordering on strong, alcohol flavor as well as citrus, pine, and resin.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
Honey yeasted Belgian IPA. A good example of this new style. Though the honey yeast contributes to mouth texture, is it necessay? It moderates the IPA bitterness and overall a good balnce, integration of ideas. Worth seeking out, and a game changer for this brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
25.4 oz bottle, 4/07. Murky orange brown with some forced white suds. Nose like a barleywine with caramel, spice and perfume. Body close to syrupy but unfortunately almost flat. Taste is honey and toffee, lemon tea, quinine and pine. Hops, as expected, play just a supporting role but still come through. Dry yeasty finish. In spite of the age, still pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle 4/07 consumed 8/08. Murky amber body, small off-white head, US hop nose with honey. Honey, bitterness, might have been oxidized with cardboard notes. Not much hop character in the flavor. According to the label, these can be cellared indefinitely; this bottle suggests otherwise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2008
bottle #651 2007: pours a georgeous honey orange colour with a small white head with lots of little bubbles. aroma is full of hops both pf pine and citrus, the malt plays in the background very sweet with hints of sugariness adn caramel, slight yeast. falvour is a bit thin but tasty, plenty of malt to go along with the a nice mix of hops, mopstly earthy pine finishes a bit bitter with fruitness and a touch of the yeast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2008
Orange-copper in colour with an off-white coloured head, good lacing. The aroma is quite hoppy, orange citrus, caramel malt sweetness, sugary with some alcohol. The flavour is warming because of the alcohol, hoppy, citrus, pine, caramel sweetness. Hoppy mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long, warm, hoppy and sweet.

I liked this one but I don’t really see this as a IIPA. A triple with extra hops maybe. All in all quite enjoyable.

750ml bottle from the Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
Opened on February 18, 2008.
Released April 2007, Bottle #1017.



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