after4ever (6818) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Another LA delight. Pours a cloudy, toffeeish medium amber with a towering, fizzy platinum blonde head that lasts and lasts, leaving thick sheets of woolly lace. Mild, dusty, slightly green apple-y nose. Not so impressive up top, really, and this beer’s been out of the fridge for coming up on 20 minutes. Plenty of time to blossom. Creamy medium body with firm, refreshing carb. Resiny bitterness on the mid-palate that flows through to the finish. Joined by slight lemon and caramel notes. Doesn’t have a hell of an individualistic identity as a crisp belgian farmhouse ale, but what’s there is delicious and drinkable. Hides the 8.5% extremely well--don’t let this "BSA" listing nonsense fool you, either, btw. This is a great big saison.
Nik925 (776) - USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing banana/clove yeast funk in both aroma and taste, though kept in check and mild. Golden and crisp, perfect carbonation. Not the most complex Belgian Strong ale, but perfectly made and very enjoyable. Simple yet excellent.
trevor211 (1471) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful gold, with a classic Belgian head. Remarkably full aroma, with strong citrus notes, apple and baking spices (would complement apple pie wonderfully). A bit hot (appropriately, I guess), with yeast, hops, lots of spices and a very smooth, dry finish - just a bit tart. This one is incredibly drinkable.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of citrus fruits, maybe some apple, melon, light spices, zestiness. Flavor moderately sweet with enough balancing hops and an ever-so-subtle tartness. Quite easy drinking, a very nice brew.
LilBeerDoctor (3543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of inkubus27. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small disappearing white head. Aroma of raisin, light fruits, brown sugar. Flavor initially of lemony/citrusy hops, melon rind, slight raisin, alcohol, Belgian yeast, some vegetal notes. Very complex and dry (as advertised). Smooth drinking and delicious.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy gold with white head. The nose it fruity (peach?) and herbal with some sugary notes. Tastes sort of like lemon lime and its pretty bitter. Medium body with high carbonation and a semisweet finish. Nice beer.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Gravity in Olympia, WA--Tightly corked. Hard to open. Poured a sunny golden-copper body with lots of attitude. Soft fluffy white head rested on top. Sweet honey and citrus fruits as well as apples danced on tongue. Astringent but not super dry finish. Crisp effervescent bite. Complex yet sessionable considering high ABV. Nice beer!
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big ol’ bottle poured into Leffe glass. Thin head. Aroma of spice, apples and honey. The flavor is much like other Belgian style beers I have tasted, strong yeast and mildly sweet. It’s very easy to drink but doesn’t seem to be unique for this style. I paid 10 for this bottle so I was hoping for something more unique.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, pale, thin creamy head. Spicy honied aroma with marshmallow and wheat. Sugary with lemon and spices I can’t put my finger on and a slightly dirty finish. Not bad.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by BDR. Cloudy yellow/white pour with a nice frothy head. Aroma of belgian yeast, candi sugar and alcohol. Similar flavor; sweet candi sugar, some spice and a dry, alcohol finish.