mensch (277) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, not as light bodied as expected. It hides its alcohol well. I’m not tasting much of the "wild" or sour flavor they’re talking about. Very good.
snoworsummer (3131) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy amber with a thin, fizzy white head. Tastes like strong sweet booze, smokey wood, dried light fruits, very malty, caramel, syrup. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like caramel, yeast, boozy, malty, and light spice.
jandd1983 (3114) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. It poured an orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of caramel, fruit, yeast, gum and some spices. The taste was sweet with yeast, caramel, syrup and fruit. Decent.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle -
Aroma - fruit cocktail, cloves, bubblegum, Belgian-y esters, light orange peel.
Appearance - hazy orange body, fluffy 3-finger head, long retention, above average retention
Mouthfeel - medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation...busy mouthfeel
Flavor - sweet, lots of caramel/toffee flavors, straw/grassy hops and noticeable alcohol bite
Overall - never heard of Lightning before and this was damn good. Priced right at about $8/bottle, a solid buy and an even better beer.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Lightning ][ $1-2 ][ Plastic Cup ][ 7.19.14 ]
>> Full haze deep orange pour, yellow cream foam. Nose is estery, plastic, chlorine, red apple. Taste is sweet, acid, sugar, salty red apple. Not bad. Sweet, strong Belgian amber.
DedicatedToFun (3834) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, orange pour, white head, nose is spicy, taste is alcohol, boozy, sweetness.
jehoesefat (332) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good fruity aroma, very sweet smelling. Pours slightly cloudy copper with a white head. Sweet fruity flavor with a bittersweet finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky orange color, moderate head, some lace/retention. Aroma is sour pale malt, Belgian yeast, lightly spiced, light wheat. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well, moderate sweetness.
mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Don't think I've had a more fully flavored Belgian. Think saison on steroids. ABV undetectable too!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
merc7186 (2524) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Orangish/Amber Hue, Passes Minimal Light, Very Thin Head Ring that dissaptes, No Lacing
S: Fruity, Mildly Funky
T: Apples, Papaya, Mild Pear
M: Poorly Carbonated, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Funky
Overall, this might have been better as a fresh beer but just doesnt seem to fit any specific mode.