Turboninja (471) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Artturi, Tampere, Finland. Medium bitter sweet aroma with black berries. Yellow/brown color with hazy liquid and minimal white head. Strong taste with over aged mango and banana. A bit of malts. Some alcohol comes trough. Medium taste spectrum with medium aftertaste with sweet malts. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall very tasty though light mouthfeel.
Klimaet (1610) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aromas of raisins, caramel, citrus, grassy hops, dates, orange peel, malt, yeast. Taste is caramel-like, sweet, raisins, ripe orange, citrus, some dried fruits, light hops, some vanilla and oaky-like notes in the finish.
puboflyons (3024) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. No date on the bottle. I have had it about two months. Hazy pale yellow pour with a tremendous fluffy white head. Too heady. The aroma has a great array of Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, toasted biscuit, a little spice, and a berry-like fruitiness. Medium body. The taste has many of the same taste esters but it ends very dry.
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours pale amber, nose is grapfeuit, caramel, taste is fruity, sweet, rich.
jookos (5254) - FINLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pale yellow hazy. Spicy belgian citrus on nose. Quite fruity, oranges, yeloow fruity, even bananas(?), light lime citrus, coriandr, some ginger. Med bodied, well bittered. Fruity, fresh, belgy yeasty pale malty, some hay. Pretty nice belgian ... strong blonde? Flavourful, easy, im guessing the abv might be high, but doesnt feel like it.
ClarkVV (5579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottled 9/2013, drunk 2/2015.
Oddly enough, the cork shot off as soon as the cage was loosened, but then the beer didn’t gush. Still resulted in a massive, thick, foamy white head that was slow to dissipate. Light blond/golden body is full of tight bubbles coarsing upwards.
Massively fruity esters in the nose (yellow fruits, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple....) give way to a bit of herbal hoppiness and a light dusting of white pepper and dry alcohol notes. A touch of bread-like maltiness can be discerned, but mostly this thing is just full-on fruity esters. Having had this a long time ago, probably closer to 2006 or so, I remember the nose being significantly less estery and much more herbal/peppery. I’m fairly certain this bottle sat warm/hot for too long, as there is dried beer below the cork where it has escaped obviously due to a strong refermentation. Fortunately, tons of esterification is the only downside of this and the beer still seems in good shape.
The flavor profile again speaks to the heavy fruitiness, with some definite alcohol undertones. Body is medium, sweetness is low and it reminds me a lot of Allagash Tripel. Very drinkable, quenching dryness and even some herbal/grassy hops thrown in for good measure. A delicious Belgian ale that seems much more Belgian than it does American. So that is nice.
kespecial (212) - - JAN 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A terrific Duvel-style ale. Pours super lively from the bottle, hazy yellow with beautiful huge white head. After it settled a bit, offers big aromas of Belgian yeast, lemon and grass. Flavor is great, with sweet banana, honey, some citrus rind complexity and a zesty dry finish. Lovely.
beer_est_deus (1114) - örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dimmig gul med vitt skum. Doft: Rostat vitt bröd, jäst, syrligt, malt. Stark 7:a. Smak: Dadlar, malt, honung, fruktigt. Svag 8:a.
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 18, 2015. Bottle at home.
Hazy pale orange with a very large frothy white head. Aroma is ripe sweet fruity esters, peach, pear, almond, alcohol notes, light cloves, Taste is light to medium sweet up front, esters, almond and alcohol with dry spicy notes. Finish is light to medium bitter, dry spicy and alcohol notes. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2015 75cl bottle served in a Prearis glass (identical in style to a Lost Abbey glass). Pours a clear straw colour with a massively creamy, billowing white head which lasts and lasts. Aroma is sourdough, Belgian yeasty esters and other wonderful ingredients. Taste is fantastic level of complexity for such a style. Banana and walnut bread giving way to a slightly refreshing dryness via the sweetness of cake. The best example of a Belgian golden ale I have experienced and close to perfect for they style.