jake65 (2447) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Captain Jacks. Pours a stunning amber color, great clarity, and a finger of creamy tan head. Not much head retention or lacing, but overall an attractive pour. The nose is spicy; cinnamon and cloves. A little of the Belgian yeast comes through. Warming and inviting. Soft mouthfeel and subdued in the flavor at first. Probably a little too cold at firstÖ a little rest at room temperature opens up the fruitiness and spices. Finishes well, but does linger on the sweet side. Reminds me of spruce and juniper berries. Not too much emphasis on the spice or yeast. Probably good for those who like a more mellow approach to the style. I find the body to be a bit thin, it gets a little sweet in the tail, and overall would consider this to be a pretty mediocre brew. The great debate would be what style this fits intoÖ
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark amber pour with light off-white head. Aroma is typical of an abbey - banana, clove and other spices. Taste builds on the banana clove theme with a hint of cinnamon and other spices along with a slight raisiny flavory. Perhaps just a touch too sweet and carbonated for my palate, but an interesting brew.
A_Train (10) - - DEC 19, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not very impressive or tasty. Does what it says it is going to do. Spices, Belgian yeast, everything on the label. It's just not my bag I guess.
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CanIHave4Beers (2762) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep copper color with a big loose white head and not much in the way of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is spicy and a little bug-spray-y. The general character is like an overload of cooking spice. Really not the sort of thing that makes me want to take a drink, but then.. it is beer.... so a drink is not a tough sale.
The spices in the flavor are present, but far far more subdued than they way they attack the aroma of the beer. The cinnamon seems mildly odd, but everything else blends well with this nicely fruity ale with light roasty/nutty notes.... perhaps like some sort of toasted nut? Perhaps. The beer is not nearly as sweet in flavor as it comes across as in the aroma, in fact the beer is fairly dry.
This is one of those thatís just too shy of brilliance to be great, but with minor tweaks could be wonderful.
As a side note, this is totally a "Belgian Ale" sure a spice-heavy one but itís more of an Abby ale than an ale created to feature spices.
BillHick420 (372) - North Dakota, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark amber. White head. Nose of some spice, perhaps nutmeg. Aroma of nutmeg, watery. That is the only way to describe it. Heavy nutmeg, and a weak, watery finish, some sour taste.
edgallow (1440) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of spice, malts and fruit. Taste of sweet malts and spices.
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Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lucky Bucket Snowsuit. Tapped last Thursday afternoon, finally getting around to sitting down and examining it. Called a Belgian single, or pale ale. Additionally, spiced with cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. 5.5 % ABV.
Clear, reddish-brown, negligible head. Starts as something, gets to nowhere quickly.
Aroma: sweetness and spice. Like a pumpkin pie. Nutmeg dominates and drowns out anything else.
Taste: sweetness and spice again, and, well, almost too much. Body is lean, malt holds no particular presence, suggests no true character, nothing comes through from hops, and yeast is not present either. Thin, and watery, with the spice standing over everything.
Hereís the thing. I took a chance, decided it had every possibility of being good. Tapped without ever drinking it (doesnít happen that often), sampled it, and thought, "hmmm, maybe I made a mistake." Later, had a full glass and changed my mind. "No, no, this is good, people will like it." No one who had it seriously complained.
Right now, Iím wondering what was in my glass four days ago. This is so much thinner in body than I remember, thereís nothing to suggest it should be classified Belgian anything, no character at all. The only stand-out flavor is the spices, and they can cover up any flaw you choose to mention, if you pile them up hight enough.
I bought another LB beer untasted/untested (my way of saying "sight unseen"), and thatís their barleywine. Maybe I should hook that up before I start promoting it as anything it isnít.
Hopefully, this keg will be gone without much delay, and we can forget about it.
But, to frame it succinctly, thereís nothing horribly wrong with this, except that thereís nothing really good about it, either.