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 (668) - 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 (1327) - 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.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a cloudy gold, big head, little lace. Aroma of belgian yeast, spice. Taste is also spiced with more yeast, and some light fruit. Mouth is light and carbonated. Body is moderate with plenty of scrubbing carbonation.
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from sparky27! Thanks E!. Light yellow in color. Decent head. Aroma is yeasty. Taste is a spicy apple, fruity, and yeasty. Quite tasty. Texture was (very) light and easy to drink. One of the better belgians that I have had in a while. Thanks again E!
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.
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 (4884) - 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...