weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much thanks to hopdog & egajdzis for bringing this...
Appears a hazy orange gold with a fluggy white head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary high gravity Tripel with peach, yeast, apricot, vanilla, dough, and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas with coriander, bananas, and citrus.
Mouthfeel...abv is evident with some pils malt and sweetness standing out.
This one gushed upon opening but it turned out to be a pretty decent brew. Possibly could’ve been better with aging b/c abv is evident but not bad at all.
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color; persistent perlage. The Belgian yeasts give a typical malty fruitness to this solid brew; very malty example, a lot of candi. Powerful, but less alcohol punch than expected; at the end the mouth is warming up. Quite strong ending bitterness. Well brewed. Thanks Jørgen!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/18/06. Poured out of 500 mL bottle, obtained in a trade with madsberg on RateBeer 4/12/06. Cloudy honey-orange color with a giant, frothy and dense, almost meringue-like head that creeps up the bottleneck on opening. Lacing is slow and sticky in large doily swaths, a bit blotchy and not very uniform. Still very high marks for the enticing appearance. Aroma is brightly yeasty with an incredible array of candied fruity esters-- under-ripened pineapple, dried apricot, Runts bananas, "orange slice" candies. Some apparent alcohol and fuzzily reminiscent of Grand Marnier. Some of the layers fade rather quickly and are hard to retrace without a new pour, but I can’t count that as a marked detriment, since there’s always another layer beneath to offer new pleasantries. Flavor is mostly of that sweet cakey orange liqueur, still very damn good but now beset with a thinning brashness from the alcohol prominence and the overactive carbonation. The creamy density of the surface head is a false harbinger-- if I’d looked carefully through the cloudy body to notice the undying upward cascade of beady bubbles that supply a stiff foundation, I’d be prepared for the fizziness. I hate to harp on this point, because it’s a damn tasty beer, regardless; there’s just a bit too much carbonation that keeps my enjoyment a little bit in check. Medium body otherwise. Finish is on the dry side with a butter caramel trail after the yeasty alcohol residue subsides. The beer’s impression is constantly shifting and changing as it warms and opens up, but it’s neither for better nor for worse-- some things gain in appeal (the carbonation gets more creamy), while others lose their luster (the esters fade to a more straightforward yeastiness). Reminds me greatly of a De Dolle beer, like a supremely carbonated Stille Nacht with a touch of sourness. Very lovely beer overall, but more frustrating than most with its imperfections, since there’s so much that’s right about this. Thank you for the privilege, Mads!
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a white longlasting head. Sweet fruity aroma. Sweet yeasty flavor with some fruity hints. Sweet warming yeasty aftertaste.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy orange colored beer with creamy beige foam. Aroma is rich, sweet, cake like, fruity (Tutty Fruity) apple cake dough, and Cognac a l’orange. Taste is mouthfilling, It has smooth roundings and hints of spices. Alcohol gives warmth but dos not spoil the taste. It like a fresh baked cake with lots of fruits, spices and a good glugh of grand marnier on top of it. I just love this sweet complexity. At Carlo’s Mikkeller tasting.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Tasting session with omhper and ante
Generic Belgian strong blond aroma. Big white head and also some wheat character in taste. Big full bodied taste with quite some alcohol sweetness. Spicy and somewhat yeasty and warming. Lactose and apricot is in there as well. Quite nice "Belgo" for beeing brewed outside the country.
omhper (20450) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Cloudy golden, enormus lively head. Pineapple aroma. Sweet and fruity with rich marmelady character. Very obvious Belgian style yeast character with evident alcohol on top of it. Still dominated by sevile oranges, as in Old English marmelade. I’d like to see it less sweet, as it is now the sweetness gains the upper hand and kills of the more subtle flavours.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark orange appearance, topped with a huge white head. Strong yeasty and fruity aroma of sweet oranges, almond, white bread, black cherries and alcohol. Full and warming flavour of oranges, spices, apricot and apple-skins. Long semi-sweet orangey and peppery final, hints of cherries and banana. Good stuff.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl bottle. Served in Svaneke tulip.
Dusty dark gold. Enormous fluffy white head that leaves good lacework and sticks around to the very end. Beautiful!
The aroma is extremely dominated by banana; the alcohol makes itself known in a hot, quite alluring way, and the whole thing just screams to be drunk. The flavor is enormous with hot, powerful banana sweetness in the driver’s seat. Complex, alcoholically hot, and yet so easy to drink. Impressive! The mouthfeel is full, yet fluffy and pleasant.
The overall impression is of a turbo-charged super-tripel. Sheer world class. More, please!
TheBeerGod (5435) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. My first Mikkeller beer of the trip! Thanks to Jacob, Martin and Martin for bringing this to ZBF! Cloudy gold. Nose is spice, Belgian yeast notes, ripe fruits, and light alcohol. Taste is sweet with more alcohol notes this time contained in ripe fruits. There’s a nice spice flavor mingling with the yeast as well as a fresh floral bite. Some light honey in there as well. Body is medium-full with a fine carbonation feel. Finishes with more fruit notes, alcohol notes, pleasant yeast flavors, and sweet malts. Me likey!