illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Not a bad price on a bomber at $4.50. Pours a nice translucent gold with a white head. Aroma of belgian esters, lemon, and white wine. Lighter side of medium bodied with fine, soft carbonation. Flavor of belgian pale wheat malts, apple, pear, yeast, and clove phenols. Nice non-assertive hop presence. Perhaps a little too much residual sweetness for my tastes. Slightly acidic and dry finish, with more yeast and a hint of lactic sourness. Decent, but not as cohesive or complex as other well known Belgian Strong Ales. It would be nice to have a little more earthiness to the mouth feel, as I a curious as to whether any filtration was done.
rougeau13 (2035) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Clear orange-golden color with off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of powerful floral hops, grapefruit, and a musty, piney, kind of wheaty smell. Tastes like a really nice, sweet IPA with plenty of floral hops, grapefruit and a sour fruit flavor. Medium body, and very smooth, alcohol is very well masked. (My bottle says 8.85%). Dry and a little bitter at the finish. Very, very nice.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Nellie) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of weed, grapefruit, grass, pine, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, earth, nuts, and grapefruit.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap @ Rattle ’N’ Hum
Pours clear golden with a medium-sized white head with lacing. Aroma of hops with some fruit, citrus, and a light spiciness. Medium-full bodied and very smooth with a decent amount of hop bitterness.
craftbeerdesign (2195) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasting from the bottle at the Decatur Beer Festival on 10/16/10. golden pour with a 1/4" white head. Belgian yeast nose with citrus notes. medium body with yeast, banana and more citrus. sweet fruit finish. very easy drinking strong ale with a nice yeast presence.
marcus (6787) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden with a decent off-white head and a musty fruit aroma. There is a slightly sour fruity malt flavor that leaves a yeast sensation on the palate,. This one is not as sweet as most Belgian ales, and not as harsh as many of the strong ales, but it is tasty and unique.
gsmitty80 (1833) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at Bourbon. Very nice full bodied beer with lots of head and carbonation. The flavor was complex and good with a lot of hoping that stung the palate a bit.
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very solid beer from Lagunitas yet again. Kind-of like a Hop Stoopid with a Belgian twist. Has a bit of a wheat taste, with citrus, and bold hops. I wasn’t expecting much, but was very impressed.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2010
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2010 22oz bomber from TW. Hazy and orange gold in color, light lacing and a bit floating. Hoppy citrus aroma, more IPA like than Belgian. Some fruit and honey also. Body is medium, oily with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet and hoppy like an Imperial IPA. Not getting much Belgian flavor. Lingering bitterness, really sweet and way off the Belgian mark in my opinion. Foa an IPA it’s not bad but no f’ing way is this anything like a Belgian. My score reflects the nonsense of calling this a belgian.
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 10/17/10 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-48° in Trappist Glass-Pours an orangish golden with a big loose off white head. Aroma of hops, Belgian Yeast, and citrus. Taste of hops, Belgian, pine, and fruity. This medium to full bodied brew is very well balanced between the Belgian and the IPA. Another outstanding brew from Lagunitas. Great job.