DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Just wrapped up making a big pot of chili, which for me takes as long as a brew day. And here’s this, which I found at the new Lemon Tree across the tracks from me Thursday! Pours a clean bright pilsener color with a touch of rose, and a small but stately procession of bubbles, to an angel-food cake type head. Smell brings up a lot of complexity, some Amarillo hop, I thought, and spicy Belgian yeast at work (the label says Westmalle: boy, haven’t one in a while). Some pepper, coriander, a bit of horse blanket, all very enticing. Taste is, well, sublime. Hard to describe, hard to compare it to any beer I remember: it’s its own unique entity. Again, big American hops to the fore, but plenty of spiciness that may be the yeast, may be some English and German hops to boot, Just no added spices, it’s all in the chemistry. Sticky malts bear glad tidings of warm alcohol (my label says 8.85% to0, not 7.8%). Maybe it’s just my mood, relaxing after a busy day of chili cooking and writing, or my cold clearing up so I can appreciate beer again, but this one hits the spot absolutely. My ratings on Lagunitas beers run a wide range, but I like the chances they take when it results in something fab like this!
Gerbeer (1736) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with light head. Aromas of malts, bread/sourdough, oranges and a bit of funk. Flavors of pine, orange marmalade and toasted malts with floral/herbal notes. Biscuity bitter finish.
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice pine note.
jsnicholas (117) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz): Golden pour with one finger head. Quite a bit of malt and sweet in the finish. I know a lot like this, but not one of my favorites.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas- Tropical fruit and pineapple dominate. Orange, peach, fresh hops, a little pine, a touch of caramel, and earthy hop spices. Very inviting. After the glass was empty, the residue smelled like bananas.
Taste- Sweet tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, and light pine up front. Resinous pine, some earthy hop spice, grapefruit, and rind on the finish. Awesome caramel backbone flows underneath basically from beginning to end.
Palate- On the thicker side of medium. Oily and resinous with nice carbonation. Coats the entire mouth. Nice lingering bitterness without being too much.
arnold931 (524) - Iowa, USA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours golden color. Good lacing. Medium head. Nose is fruity, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is malt, pine, grapefruit. Tastes like a double IPA.
chadje (177) - California, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Nice floral, citrus hops with a sweet light malt. Deep golden color with a nice head. Very nice finish and a good summer beer.
gam (3216) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
small head deep gold pour medium carbonation aromas fruit sugar pine malt the flavours pine citrus medium bitter lemon caramel peach like the taste the finish good strong flavours of pine and bitter lovely hop and malt knit good ale
Lothore (549) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a dark golden color with a nice, tight 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a while.
S- Lots of hops with hints of belgian yeast.
T- Light fruits, peach, apricot hints of spice with a strong and assertive hop backbone and alcohol on the finish.
M- Medium viscosity and carbonation.
D- Very tasty beer. Easy to drink and much hoppier than expected.
terrybail (594) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Steve
very nice take on a Belgian not too sweet and a nice touch of bitterness
Reimer96 (1197) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear pale gold with a frothy white head that leaves tons of lace. Aroma of pine, bubblegum, caramel, sweet pale malts and honey. Taste is a great complexity of spicy Belgian yeast phenols, pepper, alcohol pine, resin, grapefruit and a nice smooth bitterness through with a semi dry finish. Nice and complex while holding a great balance... Could use a bit more complexity on the nose bit otherwise this is a great beer.