eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Tops in Tempe shared at State Line. Style not observed on the bottle, drank like a tripel. Pour was cloudy bright golden to amber with a good initial head, plenty of lively - but not overly done - carbonation going on. The aroma was spicey (coriander and something else), some fruity esters (faint bananas were discernable), wheaty, light grass hops. The flavor followed although the spices were quite prominent and bready malts filled out the profile. The malt backbone was only ok, keeping this from being special, seemed a tad acidic or astringent, almost with a bit of a metallic mouthfeel (not flavor). Something just didn’t seem finished about this, although it was enjoyable nonetheless.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Hazy peach color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet, ripe fruit (mango, peach, pineapple) and some spice. Flavor is fruity followed by a peppery bite on the tongue and a fairly dry orange rind finish. Medium-full body is creamy with lively carbonation. Kinda Duvel like.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden in color with a nice white head. Smell is sweet, candi sugar coming through, light fruits, and spices. Taste is fruits, sweetness, and spices. Good but not great.
IrishBoy (3688) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Odeed; Nose is light belgian spice mix, yeast, and a tiny funky note; lightly hazy gold with a small white head; flavor has light bitterness, nutmeg, cloves, and some fruitiness. Finish lightly bitter.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of straw, pear, apple, light spice and a hint of pineapple. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of straw, light fruittinbess and light spice with a smooth dry finish.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly foggy gold with a thin white head. Aroma is yeasty with light citrus, cinnamon, light alcohol. Taste is yeast, cinnamon, alcohol, malt. Ok but not a lot of depth or sweetness.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much like other posts this was an above average beer but didn’t wow me. Should be some further development as bottle fermintation takes place over the next couple years. Minerals, some roasted banana leaf, mild oil citrus. Weird to have a "mineral" taste as they make their own reverse osmosis water, and don’t run that water over any type of stone or rock to allow the water to pick up minerals and flavor. Though this beer still expresses minerals? I do enjoy that flavor in this beer. Would buy again but only a couple for the next couple years. $9 locall I believe, so not terrible expensive.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light citrusy yellow-orange colour with a thin fine foam head that’s just slightly off white. I’m a bit plugged up today and can’t smell too well. However, it’s got a bit of hops in the aroma. Really nice palate, a bit thick and chewy reminding me of an english bitter. The flavour is really nice, similar to a Duvel, hop notes with some slight spice and dry belgian yeast flavours.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL Bottle. Thanks Andy! Fruity pale malt aroma, light grapefruit and heavy belgian yeast on bread sugars. Heavy on the minerals. Pours a clear pale gold, with a nice froth of silky, silky soap white. Flavor produces an ester heavy sugar base, with nice tart acerbic belgian yeast phenols and a wallop of drying hops and alcohol. Rather clean, but again touched by that very signature Lost Abbey mineral profile that always throws these paler belgians slightly askew. Balanced, well-flavored and certainly quaffable. But at this gravity I yearn for a little more complexity and sense a faint bit of oxidation. Not bad, but nothing to get really whipped up about.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Flacoalto for this one. Pours out a cloudy straw color with a moderate fluffy white head. Aroma is of banana, clove, spice and some yeast. Taste is complex, sweet fruits, banana, yeast, clove and some slight bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden