thegreat78 (32) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Decent bready malts, a rather full mouthfeel - really hits the the entire mouth with flavor. A big rush of hops - flavor and bittering. The yeast flavors provide more balance against the hop than the malts, but I found the beer to have enough malt to hold up. Long fresh hop finish. Fresh cut grass, a bit of citrus. The hops tasted freshly harvested, maybe the label is effecting me....but that fresh hop flavor really came through. As with so many of Tommeís beers - complex, flavorful and perfect beer for rish cheeses and crusty bread.
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very citrus with banana flavors added to it. Drank on tap. A hint of coriander taste to it.
RoodMormel (48) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice golden hazed color, 2 fingers foam. Very VERY nice beer! has a very distinctive smell with lots of differents smells. the taste itself is very. Distinct as well.. So many flavors of different things which come together perfectly. a "DAYUM" good beer! have to get a couple more bottles of this!
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
. 750ml bottle. My first official LA beer. Thanks!
A- Body is a very hazy golden yellow. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy eggshell white head that eventually fades to a thick collar. Plenty of lacing is left all the way down the glass. When held up to the light one can see bubbles and a litle bit of yeast sediment floating around the glass.
S- Belgian candy sugar comes through first followed by tart lemon, sweet, bready yeast, and a healthy dose of floral hops.
T- Lots of citrus flavor upfront with a moderate sweet bready yeast backbone. The finish is all floral hop flavor though a very mild Belgian candy sugar comes through also. A moderate strength residual floral hop bitterness lingers.
P-Medium to high carbonation and a light, fluffy body with a good dose of yeast. Nice, but could be smoother.
O- This is a great, complex Belgian Pale Ale. Itís really good and very drinkable. It has a moderate ABV so I wouldnít expect any noticeable alcohol and there is none. This one is somewhat heavy on the hop bitterness...but its so good. Really one of the best Belgian pales I have had. Canít wait to try other LA beers and I would definitely trade for this one again!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-26-2008 03:30:33
ClubGonzo (2692) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, shared with Palme. Finally a LA to Bergen! This is a brewery who rarely lets me down, and Iím very pleased to have this series on the shelves. Pours a hazy light orange with a gargantuan creamy white head. Damn, this is how a Belgian (American) blonde should look! :-D Aroma is citrus, Belgian ale yeast, hints of orange peel and alcohol. Taste is much more impressive; citric tones, hay, light malts, hints of ale yeast and apricot - all extremely tightly interwoven. The balance makes it really hard to discern the individual flavors, they all get blended into a massive entity of taste. Impressive. Easy to drink, despite spritzy carb which only serves to make the experience fresh and super nice. A truly great Belgian blonde (should be in a separate category, btw: the "Belgian Ale"-thing is just too wide a genre) and a must-buy if you get the chance. Two thumbs up! :-)
jstraw (1647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Bomber at Jerryís. Orange with good, creamy white head / Austere, vinuous, nose of orchard fruit, banana and spice / Light to medium body, hoppy, creamy, and dry, with very good, bitter finish / Dry, bretty flavors of banana, apple, orange, cream, hay, and resin / Very nice in a lighter style.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I was pleasantly suprised by this one. Tomme Arthur does it again. Based upon the ratings I wasnít expecting much, but boy this was a good one. Think West Coast IPA w/ a Belgian twist. Spicy finish from Tetnang? Reminds me of all those other excellent IPAís that Tomme has brewed over the years, but w/ a twist.
jmagnus87 (1381) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle from Westroads poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with about 2 fingers of white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops, spice and hay. Taste is light sour and medium-light bitter. Taste of hay, citrus hops, grapefruit and wheat. Medium bodied with a thick yet oily texture. Lively carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, very very good. Something I would really love to drink again.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled May 2007
Almost brilliantly clear, with a full copper color that has lots of tightly beaded bubbles streaming up from all portions of my tulip glass. The head is almost three-fingers thick, with a lacy broken surface that forms a varied, cavernous surface from the pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is quite hoppy with an equal mix of orange, grassiness and herbal notes. The citrus character becomes quite a bit more pronounced as you dig around in the aroma; the orange leans more towards bergamot and candied lemon peel. There is a nice dusting of malt in the aroma too, actually it is quite a bit more malty than that with notes of biscuit malt, soda crackers and lightly caramelized bread crust.
The taste is quite dry, yet still has a touch of caramelized maltiness that adds a touch of sweetness. The hint of sweetness accentuates a lemon like citrus. Quit a grassy hop character in the end though (the lemon zest character actually melds quite well with this grassiness, lending a lemon grass note). This beer is quite hop focused (surprise, surprise, or not), some yeast character still manages to come through though with touches of ginger, some lightly astringent-cottoned mouthed yeast bite, a hint of clove (but this really mixes with the citrus & malt sweetness so becomes a bit confusing to pick out).
The yeast has really dried this beer out to nice effect (the hops contribute to this as well). Really the dryness, yet still quite malty, followed by a hit of fermentation character, and the solid hop character define a balanced whole that really works quite well. I am not entirely sure why but the mix of flavors in this beer just works much better than the sum of its parts (the parts certainly arenít half bad either). To me there is just something about a beer like this!
dwyerpg (4067) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2009 A great grapefruit citrus aroma. Flavor has a lot more hops than I expected but is earthy at the same time. Dry and hoppy in the finish, but still quite nice. I would have again.