RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dirty gold-orange with a puffy and creamy white head. Aroma of grass, raw dough, some sourdough bread, and maybe a bit of cloves, but it seems a bit hard to tell. Is the Chimay glass not trapping enough aroma? Tastes grassy right away, quickly followed by a honey sweetness, lemon, cloves, hay, lots of earthy hop flavor. Some chardonnay-like flavors too. Finishes with a sort of champagne-like flavor, grass, lots burnt sourdough bitterness lingering and yeah, it is quite dry on the back. Well carbonated, medium bodied, and nicely creamy, this beer also hides its heat. It’s good and all, but I don’t think it offers much new in the world of golden ales or hoppy tripels. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to...
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured cloudy orange with a nice white head and lacing.
Fresh, spicy aroma.
Flavor of lemmons,citrus, yeast, oranges and spice.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky straw hue, fluffy white head gradually dissipates. Aroma is sweet light fruits, yeast, bread and grains, slight citrus, hops, and alcohol. Flavor is initially light malts and subtle fruits, some spice and pepper creep in along with drying hops, yeast and alcohol apparent in the quick finish. Palate is full and thick with lively carbonation. Overall a decent Belgian (Duvel clone?) with a good balance of malts, yeast, light hops and spices (more saison-ish than strong ale), but nothing too unique here compared to Tomme’s other beers.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Nice yeasty, malt aroma with some spice. Maltys, yeasty, light lemon flavor. Medium body. Refreshing. Lingering yeast, spice, and malt. A bit more fruitiness than Duvel without the spice.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear golden color with a broken thin layer of white head. Sweet aroma, honey, orange peel, Belgian yeast, herbal bready notes, but mostly dominated by sweetness and yeast. Sweet grainy and herbal taste, mild sharpness to the start, dry finish.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of toffee, toasted dough, pils malt, honey, light spices, citrus, and yeast. Taste of earthy yeast, citrus fruits, white pepper, toasted dough, some spices, and a slightly alcoholic finish.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, fruity, some breadiness, and citrus. Tastes of fruitiness, yeast, spices, and citrus.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Joey. Pours out a yellow color with a white head on it. Smell is fruity and citrusy with a nice amount of hop flavors. Some yeast and bread on the nose too. Taste is similar to Duvel, lively body, sweet yet refreshing. Easy to drink. Not really a memorable effort. Better than something I could brew though. Pretty dry on the finish too. I am really reaching for something to say. I drank it cold, because when it got warm it seemingly fell apart. Best served out of the fridge.
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a semi-hazy pale yellow with a large egg-shell head, very good lacing.
smell of yeast, touch spice, some citrus.
taste is grain, spice, lagerish, some citrus, finishes somewhat dry.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, RBSG 2008 (provided by SDBruboy, I think). Somewhat hazy deep gold/light copper with a white head. Nice, rich grassy noble hop nose. The flavor has a pleasant sweetness level with notes of a malty pils base, grass, hay, lemon and some spicy Belgian yeast character. A mix of an amped-up pils and strong Belgian golden ale. The body is medium yet very round with lively carbonation. Nice beer.