fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - FEB 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; parallel tasting with the US Ale Yeast version
Hazy amber color; generous head. Nice aroma, sugary caramel, the hops are both fruity and resiny, but there is also the spicy touch typical of a Belgian Ale; it reminds me some other attempt to brew a Belgian IPA. Well structured, the caramel flavor is still quite sweet; the resiny and partially fruity hops are clearly joined by a yeast spiciness. Good bitterness level, with a shady final astringency; I still find that sometimes American hops and Belgian yeast can clash a bit,and this can be true in the very end of this glass. More aggressive than the other version, but it also offers a more interesting set of components.
Koelschtrinker (15592) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruchtig malziger Antrunk mit deutlicher Hopfigkeit. Wenig alkoholisch, was aber nicht stört. Blumig, etwas malziger werdend, dezente Kräuternoten. Rund, gut. 11/12/11/12/7/12
Butters (4019) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering 20th! pours a clear copper amber with good tan head. Looks identical amongst all beers. Doughy and caramel and hoppy as hell on the aroma and flavor. It is VERY difficult to discern any noticeable difference. This one is a little more doughy and sweet than the others. The massive hopping pushes this into the DIPA category and i think the style masks any effects of the different yeasts.
tia (1539) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RG 20. Caramel with particles and foamy head. Smells sticky- caramel and floral. Tastes sweet and bitter. Light bitter finish.
HopTsing (541) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the bottle poured a cloudy, brownish brew with a white head. Aromas and flavors of wood alcohol and malt. Ful bodied and acidy.
Kinz (3661) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Richmond 20th. Medium orange. First of the series of Mikkeller Yeast beers. Doughy aroma, some slight tropical fruit. Flavor is a match, light caramel. Decent.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Butters at the 20th Richmond Gathering. Pours a hazy amber color with a large foamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bready malts, citrus hops, mild spice. The taste is caramel malts, bread, spicy, citrus hops, mild fruitiness. Medium bodied.
Japalo (1682) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@home. Amber hazy. Two finger foam. Faint honey malty aromas. Sweet bitter taste with a bitter smooth oily peppery finish. Interesting knowlegde from this brew.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle from Gomer’s Lees Summit, MO. Totally forgot I had all these. Pours a cloudy, amber-orange colored body with some particulate floating around. Finger-width, dense, frothy and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter caramel and toffee malts, candied oranges, a light toasted bread, fruity peaches, and a touch of spice. Flavor is big yeast spices up front before the big caramel and toffee malts come in. Some candied oranges in the middle, bread, and a light banana note. Finishes pretty bitter and spicy, but fairly fruity and malty sweet before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with some alcohol warmth. Medium-full body and a creamy, medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad, but not my favorite. A bit too spicy and bitter while never completely coming together with the big malts. Looking forward to the other 4 though.
mcberko (11879) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz. bottle, pours a murky, opaque brownish orange with a medium beige head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some candied sugar, syrup Flavour of Belgian yeast, slight spicy, and also sweet, with candied sugar and syrup sweet undertones. Quite malty and sweeter than the other beers in this series, but also with a medium-high hop astringency on the finish. Decent.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 5/5/2012. This “Belgian Ale” pours a slightly cloudy orange gold color from a 330ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel and yeasty. Medium bodied “Belgian Ale”. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. It’s a little sweet and the yeast seems much more pronounced. Still more of an IPA than anything else. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.