GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that lingers for ages and leaves decent lacing.
The aroma is big on Belgian yeast and lots of spices. There is also lots of lemon zest in there as well as all kinds of other light fruits - apricot, oranges, pineapples.
Belgian yeast dominates the taste as well but with a big hoppy kick up front with lemons and apricot. The finish is dry and slightly spicy with pepper and cloves.
The mouthfeel is very creamy with great carbonation.
This is an extremely drinkable Belgian pale that opened up nicely as it warmed. Good stuff.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked this up at the Sam-ampostrophe-s in Downers Grove, IL. This poured a pale yellow/gold with a short-lived spongey white head. It has a sweet aroma of musty pale malt and juicy stoned fruits along with a citrusy bitterness, a bit of tartness, and a yeasty spiciness. There is a fuzzy fruitiness to the flavor, an orange zest bitterness, and a touch of the sour. Very nice, but I do not understand the very high ratings entered here.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 [really need to rerate this...] Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big frothy white head with fantastic fine lacing. Mellowing aroma of candi, orange peel, juicy pineapple hops, and some coriander. Flavor is dry and yeasty, light orange peal bitter and accented by juicy peachy/pineapple hops. Sweet candi sugars , finishes somewhat dry. SImple yet sophisticated and interesting. I’m very fond of this beer. Medium bodied, so fluffy in the mouth with assertive crisp carbonation, soooo juicy. Just a complete brew... synergy... sum being greater than its parts. yup
omhper (23327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. Cloudy golden, rocky head. Concentrated very Duvel-ish aroma of ripe fruits, gluey alcohol and yeasty almonds. Fairly sweet with well rounded mouthfeel. estery alcohol together with rasberry jam, coriander and doughy malt. Edgeless and pleasant, complex and full of life. Would never have guessed this was not made in Belgium.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade forever ago. Gold pour white head. Aroma is very spicy and yeasty. Flavor is yeasty, some malts and some good fruit as well. Nice.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured golden yellow with an off white rocky head. Aroma of spices, clove, and yeast. Dry initial taste with a lighter body than expected. Light bread with a grassy hop bitterness. Slight fruit in the flavor. Went nicely with Thanksgiving.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, sparkly. Fruity, spicy, herbal aroma. Big pale malt signature. Dry, herbal notes but also fairly malts in the finish. Tasty stuff.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewtopia bottle. Clear pale straw color. Sweetish, genever nose. Crisp, saison-like hop character. Fun fruitiness never becomes sweet or pop-like. Quality.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange body, cloudy and unfiltered, fluffy white head, spicey orange nose, pear, apple, bittered well in the early boil, no floral hop notes make it through, creamy and delightful
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Downtown Johnnie Browns. Very pale straw colour. Aroma is herbal with a soft pilsner malt base, chewy/bready yeasty components. Light black/green pepper as well. A touch of lemon balm citrusy character and a nice dusty dryness. As it warms the yeasty breadiness really becomes more expressive. There is a nice soft spiciness as well. Fairly herbal and dusty with a bit of light clove and coriander. Flavour shows just a kiss of mintiness as well. Fairly simple for these guys, but it is quite nice. Softly sweet towards the back. Pretty nice brew really.