fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle opened while camping. Nice sweet bread aromas with much fruitiness. Flavor was hoppier than I had expected with a lot of citrus and a very tasty yeasty finish. Pretty good stuff.
Ernest (7213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with light notes of gum, pepper, lemon zest, and chemical/plastic.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/oily texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Similar to the Devotion, this has some artificially sweetened chewing gum resemblance in both the nose and mouth. Lasting saccharine sweetness makes it less enjoyable with each sip. Nice other than that, but I have to say these two samples are not boding well for the rest of the line that just arrived in Colorado.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 golden in color with an average sized off white head with minimal lacing. The aroma is of hay, spices, apples, yeast and cedar. The flavor is of apples, spices and hay with a strong overtone of yeast-slightly like a hefferwizen. The second half of the bottle was much yeastier than the first. The texture was syrupy. I’d say it’s a good belgian ale with a good flavor and a good kick, but not quite my style.
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. A bready belgian yeast aroma. Gold body with white head. Had a fruity peach flavor along with some dry rye bitter. Left the palate little dry.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy golden straw, fluffy white head, and creamy wet lacing. Straw nose, chalk, wheat, and slight barnyard. Flavors of tasty wheat and straw, grainy chalk, sweet fruit. Medium-bodied, very drinkable and tasty.
blipp (7898) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a white head. The aroma is spicy and a bit sweet, almost peppery in its spicyness, but not quite. Dry mouthfeel, with spices, some fruit, and flowery or earthy hops. Nice.
after4ever (7411) - 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 (786) - 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 (1585) - 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.