gEUS (1471) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home. The hop flower inside is a nice feature, opening gently avoids a gusher (and fridged) and pushes the hop cone out of the bottle. Colour is dark yellow, nose is lots of yeast and fresh malts. Body is sweet and malty, taste is again loads of the yeast. Decent.
oh6gdx (22632) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, gusher warning. Amber colour, rich off-white fluffy head. Aroma is fruity, caramelly, nice floral notes. Flavour is quite similar. A nicely hoppy Belgian ale. Pleasant.
madmitch76 (18137) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
26th May 2015
Mild gusher! Hazy gold beer, decent pale cream colour head. Something of a surprise when a whole hop cone popped out! Palate is airy, semi dry and mildly crispy. Thin malts, mildly sweet. Touch of spicy yeasty twang. Modest floralness and mild citrus and hop spice. Light semi dry finish. Not bad.
Ysok02 (369) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une très belle bière houblonnée, fruitée avec une touche de levure. La bouche allie une structure crémeuse, un beau fruit et une longue finale raffraîchissante. Un délice de fin de soirée.
rdb84 (324) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, couple of taps on the top and the hop cone comes out. Nice detail. Very beautiful pour, honey color, nice foam head. Perfect. Refreshing aroma, large pine flavor. Strangely...a strong smell of marihuana. Hint of lemon, Belgian yeast. Strange amalgam, but nice. Taste starts relatively bitter, tar resemblance even. Slowly develops to blue cheese, fungus, dried lemon, hint of spinach. Slightly doughy character. Aftertaste is slightly sticky. Honestly, this ticks all the boxes in the "weird, but pleasant" category. Well worth the find.
Scopey (9000) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wallington Beer Fest. Crazy explosive gusher with a whole hop exploding out the bottle. The nose is soft, doughy, spicy, creamy, grassy, floral and some soapy citrus. The taste is crisp, raw bitterness, doughy, spicy, floral, grass and soap with a dry finish. Medium body, high carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Gushing and hop cone are a bit gimmicky, but the beer itself ain’t bad.
liinis (1718) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very interesting beer, fresh hops that give delicious aroma and flavours. a hop cone decorating the interior of the bottle. beautiful
Alengrin (3225) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy ale in the literal sense of the word, because this is bottled with an actual hop cone inside. Notorious gusher, due to which the hop cone usually is driven out of the bottle - a playful gimmicky effect a hophead like myself can only condescendingly smile at. The head I eventually captured, was very thick and rocky, sticky, yellowish and stable; the beer itself a cloudy peach blonde. Aroma dominated by the ’green’ and resinous effect of the hop cone, with a vegetable, spicy hoppiness, under which more subtle hints of peach, orange zest, melon, caramel, pineapple and cheese are present. Fresh fruity and citrussy taste, light and smooth, with the expected fresh and green, powerful, dry peppery, sticky, long hop bitterness finishing the palate. I enjoyed this very much, a kind of direct forerunner to the hops revival in Belgian beer culture; when I first tasted it, in late 2005, the label was not yet finished...
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle at Molenhof in Oostvleteren. Highly effervescent and uncontrollably turbid pour, it’s yeasty and milky and ugly in the glass.
Of course, the nose is yeasty, musty, green, lemon-y and slightly lactic. Highly effervescent, highly acidic, off dry, hoppy and green. Medium-light body with a faint touch of alcohol. Hard to review in this state... you see, they put a hop cone into the bottle, giving the beer an extra billion nucleation points, so there’s no controlling the pour, you end up with a milky glass with a raw / wet / green hop character. The beer seems to have potential, if they could just give up on the hop cone gimmick and make it clean.
Leighton (13956) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home in London - sourced from Ales by Mail. Gusher! I mean, even the stock image is gushing. Pours murky gold with a few hop leaves floating about (most of the cone flew out with the initial gush) and a creamy white head. The aroma has some pale, doughy bread malts, hints of yeast, floral hops. Medium sweet flavor with some alcohol, ripening apples, yeast, candi sugar, bitter grass. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Grassy bitter finish with some raw alcohol burnt, more pale and bready malts, some wheat, yeast, plastic, white grape. Not a big fan.