BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Bottle shared by a generous local. Poured a hazy yellow color with a thick white head that slowly faded to a layer and left some lacing. Saison-like yeastiness on the nose with some spices and a hint of honey. Lightly spicy entry with some sweet honey undertones lead into a moderate yeastiness with a hint of straw, as well as some bitter hop dryness and a light lingering mixture of sweet and sour. Smooth with a decent spicy bite.
badgerben (4611) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank Our Dark Prince for BDR! Hazy golden color with a large head. Yeast and candi sugar. Slight grain. Noble hop, some spiciness. Dry grain. Very dry finish. Vegetal. A little grassy. Lovely.
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.
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 (5576) - Pennsburg, 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 (9829) - 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.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy golden with white head. Aroma is yeast, spices and bread. Taste is spicy with yeasty flavor. Mild notes of honey and lemon. Favors a saison. Decent but they have brewed much better.
bb (7510) - 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.