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.
AdiBeer (1560) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: straw, some hay, cereals and bread malts, some honey and caramel. Appearance: slightly hazy gold, small to medium, frothy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: cereal malts continue sweet, yet bitters intensifying quickly, getting dry, yeast, lively carbonation, full body. Overall: quite a nice Belgian Strong Ale, nice aroma and palate, bit too fizzy. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.
Excalibur123 (191) - Soria, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vierte amarillo turbio con levadura en suspensión; media capa de espuma con escasa retención aunque siempre queda un cerco; aromas a levadura belga, manzana, pera, algo de clavo y floral; en boca entrada media y algo alcohólica con amargor moderado; buen cuerpo con carbónico bajo; pos gusto amargo y un tanto seco; cuando coge temperatura se hace más compleja, pero el alcohol se aprecia más de lo aconsejable; aunque esta botella de cerveza le hace falta más guarda para que se acabe redondeando, caduca 6/2017
Muggus69 (1273) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle BB 11/2016
Looks the goods - slightly hazy straw body with good sized tightly pack head sitting above.
Nose has a good kick to it; typical Belgian yeast character to it; clove, white pepper, ripe banana & pear esters, some white sugar & cereal malt undertones.
Full bodied, creamy texture, carries plenty of weight - you know there’s plenty of booze there, without it being too warm. Lifted carbonation.
Palate starts sweet - lots of white sugar, pale malt/golden syrup sweetness, combines with candied bananas, pear drops, dried apricot, and finally leading onto phenolic pepper & clove spices, a hint of floral hop and moderate-to-high bitterness on a dry finish.
Rather tasty Belgian blond.
tricksta_p (1356) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of malt, yeast, ripe fruits, spicy yeast, light hops. Flavour is moderate sweet with a moderate bittersweet finish. Body is excellent, great balance. Great example of Belgian style ale.
kerenmk (2613) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Trollekeldar. Opaque blond with a big white head. Dust, yeasty bitter aroma, some bubblegum. Tastes yeasty and bitter, a little plastic undertones. Full body, carbonated, mildly bitter finish.
EtTuCthulhu (1142) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of this beer is an opaque golden with a large white head and lots of large sediment floating near the bottom of the glass. The aroma blends Belgian yeast, flowers, wheat, and light malts, and the taste is mildly sour, slightly sweet, and a touch umami. The aftertaste has a lot of Belgian yeast flavors--especially some light clove--lasting on the tongue, and the palate has a lively carbonation, which obstructs the medium-light body and slick texture.
DutchMark (195) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Very good. As can be expected from Dupont. Opaque yellow with a creamy white head and just enough carbonation. Flavor is nicely bitter and a bit sweet.The 8,5% comes through but does not make it boozy. There is some floral, yeast and citrus and a hint of marzipan. Nicely bitter in the aftertaste. Could drink this all night!
eduardovl (970) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.
A: Pours a bit cloudy yellow golden color. A mediun white creamy fizzy head is formed. Small retention but never disappears totally, leaving a small layer and very few lacings
S: Sweet and fruity on the nose. Honey, candy sugar, orange, orange zest, caramel malts. Belgian yeasts and flowery hops. Alcohol
T: Follows the nose. A sweet upfront and a dry and hoppy aftertaste. Honey, candy sugar, orange zest, caramel malts, citrus hops. In overall, a dry, citrus and bitter taste
M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet upfront and intense hoppy bitter end. Warm sensation
O: Excellent Triple specimens. Mandatory for Belgian beer lovers
[ BA Review @ 3/17/2012 ]
BelgiskOlklub (922) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange hazy body. Aroma of malt and yeast and some alcohol. Triple like blond beer. The taste is medium sweet and bitter, with a bitter and warming finish.
jspronck (100) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden color, beautiful long-lasting tall white head, fruity aromas (apple, citrus, banana) with floral and yeasty hints, average carbonation, nice sweetness mixed with light bitterness, dry finish, complex and well balanced. Another jewel from Dupont.