Shamelessjames (8) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first thing you’ll notice is the nose. Like it’s saison counterpart it is heavy on banana. However after it sits in the glass for a bit, the banana gives way to a brighter herbal scent. Think Thyme, basil, not sage oregano.
It also is crisper than the Saison. Other’s have said it is sweet but again, compared to other Dupont varieties, I think it is much crisper and has a bite at the end.
For pairing, the main thing I would say is stay away from acids, seriously. Even a light vinegar will likely conflict with that after bite. It will be great with greens and the strong banana will pick up citrus but only use the zest. It’s rich but still has a blond lightness. Cream should be good but not butter. Fish will work and you could even do grilled red meat for something almost tropical. Again, just stay away from the acids. Be careful with onions (sweet and not raw) but chilies could pair nicely.
I’d be curios to see how it tastes with mushrooms although I’m not recommending.
You can go a lot of different directions for cheese. I’d be careful with goat, but if it were the right type, I think this would be wonderful. Again, the banana nose, and the very bright carbonation would be wonderful with a fresh cheese but the "liquor" bite at the end, will conflict with goat cheese sour flavor if you are not careful. Stinky cheeses? Go for it. (although others might disagree) The only thing I would definitely shy away from are deep nutty cheeses. Many sheep cheese or gruyere might work but more than likely, you won’t do the beer of the cheese a favor.
I_LUV_BEER (142) - - JUL 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a snifter from a 330ml bottle. Pours hazy gold colour with medium white head. Aroma is bread, yeast, some vanilla, grass, caramel and laced with clear alcohol notes. Taste is slightly sweet with fruity notes of peach and apricot, slightly peppery, bittersweet finish with yeasty and alcohol notes. Full body with lively carbonation. A bit heavy on the alcohol presence but still quite enjoyable.
nilsas (3287) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lukt: Høy, Gjær og frukter.
Skum/kullsyre: dekkende skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Syrlige frukter, høy og gjær.
Hvor: Bøker & Børst, Stavanger.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@8,5%, Når@18.07.2016
heavy (2663) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
May ’16. A 0.33 l bottle. It poured hazy deep golden body with small to medium head. Very strong coriander and vanilla aroma, wheat chalk, touched with alcohol and, interestingly, cherry or some similar red fruit. Lightly sweet flavor, very fruity and pleasant like peach, apricot, other similar fruits. Then, also spicy - pepper, coriander and cloves, very nicely blended with other bitter herbal-spicy notes. Full bodied, lightly warming in its long bittersweet finish with more prominent yeast and less complexity than in the flavor. Unexpected surprise, quite a nice beer all in all!
Oh, and it turned out to be my #2600, nice!
Blieken (22) - BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Xstream (238) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Geur is rijk. Zoetig, citrus, hooi/gras en zuurtje. Body is vrij dikkig, zoet en zuur. Afdronk is ietwat droog met citrus, zoetig en licht bitter kruidig. Ik krijg er wel wat slijmvorming van.
Rugamu (133) - SPAIN - JUN 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Buena cerveza belga con todos los toques característicos de una triple, buen sabor, ligeramente se nota el alcohol y te transporta a tierras belgas. Puedo repetir sin problemas cuando me apetezca una triple.
Beerheart65 (1369) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden ochre with huge creamy white head. Dry and fruity aroma, bit tea, winey notes, belgian yeast, toasted malt, lightly citrus, coriander, bit pepper, herbs, apricot. Crisp feel, semisweet, medium body, peppery finish is long, nuanced flavor. Good refreshing palate, nice looks, balanced, nuanced and lively, one with character, good stuff!
Idiosynkrasie (6177) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Minimally cloudy, yellow-ish golden colour with average, fluffy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Slightly sweet-ish, fruity, yeasty spicy, wheaty aroma, notes of yellow stone fruit, peach, mirabelle, apricot, mildly peppery spicy, yeasty overtones with hints of white pepper and a touch of hay, coriander seed, some floral honey, at risk to drop to waxy. Taste is dry hoppy, spicy yeasty, fruity, minimally weaty undertones, hints of brine and mustard seed, dried apricot; soft palate, gentle though lively carbonation. Excellent balance of cleanly- and dirtiness, dry- and sweetness, in no way obtrusive but quite intense. Wonderful.
suurjuust (2770) - ESTONIA - MAY 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden amber beer, small-ish white head. Estery and warmly malty nose, muddled peach and mild caramel. Flavor is malty, soft, with hops and fruity-citric esters kicking in the finish. Lingering caramel, some alcohol notes. Not bad.
MelvinKalksma (801) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, fruit, grain, hops and citrus.
Hazy/turbid golden/amber beer with heavy yeast and with a medium white head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with grain, hops and citrus.
This beer has a balanced and intense flavour. Really great for a hot summer day.