badgerben (4598) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of BDR. Cloudy gold color with no head. Very yeasty aroma, light spices. Tastes like stale bread. Very dry and light hop notes.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy straw color. Citric flavor and aroma that’s fantastic. A bready malt flavor. A fizzy character.
gEUS (1430) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great white head, dissapearing quickly. Nice packaging marketing: special glass with tiny glass for the "fond". Finally a mainstream beer that is bitter as well as full bodied, offering a nice alternative in the supermarket channels to Leffe and consorts...
note666 (1200) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 - 11 - 21 330 ml bottle with that nice ’beugel’ sluiting. light yellow colour. HUGHE white fading head. low in carbonation after the head disapears. nice summery, fruity taste
Croux (31) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl. I absolutely loved this beer. It was well-balanced between floral hops and a fruity sweetness. Not too bitter, not too sweet, this beer hit the perfect chord. It has bold character and a delicious, refreshing taste. I could drink a lot of these without getting bored.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Hopus comes in an adoringly small flip-top bottle which fills my glass with a hugely voluminous head. Did I mention it was huge? HUGE! Ok, now that we have the epicness of her head established let’s delve into her hazy depths painted in straw and orange. Eventually lace and a rocky head fill my vision and without further ado, I dip. My nose that is. Sheesh. What were you thinking? Fresh grains, bread crust of the whole grain variety, a kiss of spice, lemon and orange sherbet, honeysuckle, and whole pineapples. Lacing all of her aromatic prowess is the aforementioned spice which I must say tickles delightfully so. Drinking deep for my first taste and wow! Orange sherbet fills my mouth before giving way to the bitterness of dry grains, grass, and lemon skin. I love her mouthfeel which reminds me of how freshly baked homemade whole grain bread melts in the mouth with each bite. Orange sherbet returns for a bright finish while honey suckles her bready palate replete with juicy pineapple chunks. Spice tickles my breath after each quaff with nutmeg and something just a wee bit mysterious. I’m sure my iso-alphic friends would find her dull but for a crisp hopped blonde ale from Belgium, she’s just right for me. No DeRanke XX, my Hopus Ale nonetheless enjoys a pleasing blend of honeysuckle, orange, whole grain bread, lemon skin, and dry grains before bidding farewell with spice and flare.
The Hopus Ale is a wonderfully tasty experiment with hops that still celebrates the Belgian burgundian soul I so enjoy.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold with average-sized white head. Equal parts clean malt sweetness, apple tart, and earthy hop bitterness combined in a light-bodied and colored beer makes this drinkable and delicious. I could have quite a bit of this. moderately carbonated and syrupy.
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
.33cl swingtop poured to Hopus glass with sediment poured to Hopus "shot glass" served on the side. Quite the production in service was made at Pochenkeller in Brussels. Pour is hazy orange despite having the sed. separated to side "shot". Aroma is very hoppy and sweet. Surprisingly, hops were not noticeable in the taste. Sweet toasty malt and caramel and average hop which gave it its sweetness but very little bitterness. Overall a really nice beer but loses points for not being all that hoppy as promised.
imdownthepub (11294) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, 330ml at The Swan & Rushes, Leicester. Orange gold with white head. Malty, biscuity with yeasty spices laced through, alcohol notes, bitterness, corriander, not a great deal of balance but reasonable enough.
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the Gingerman Fort Worth. Golden pour with a huge white head. Aroma is malt, lots of honey, and a little floral hop. Taste is floral, more honey, a tart sweetness, and big malt finish. Alcohol isn’t apparent until later. Overall score takes a hit for being way over priced. I could have two or three better beers for the price of one of these.