TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Numerous snifters over the past few weeks @ Southern Sun and Vine Street Pub: Golden orange. Sustained collar of foam surrounds a fragmented center. Clingy lacework. Alluring nose of pecan skin, turkish apricot, sassafras, Russian sage, lilac, black tea, puttylike yeast, dry cookie malt, citrus marmalade, grapefruit zest, gum and a smidgeon of licorice-tinged hops. Soft prickles of lush carbonation. Initially very clean with gently sweet cookie notions trailing a gorgeously polished and understated pecanlike and earthy malt anchor. Grain develops more bounciness which augments the center with ample fullness despite the impeccable attenuation. Mild tang of elegantly subdued hops provides a twinge of grapefruit zest sharpness as a bright and succulent splash of peachlike esters and lavender jam emerges. Abundance of interesting characters mimicking woody sassafras and licorice root harmonize with black tea and fruity esters. As things tread towards excess sugar, the dry malt gracefully comes through to counterbalance with a pumpernickel breadcrust bitterness. Closes with a stiff yet composed clench of brisk phenols adorned with a robust earthy hop sparkle along with a chewy and multilayered yet deeply clean nutty malt kiss. Wonderful stuff. Very biere de garde-like, and a spot-on one at that. Itís remarkably juicy yet perfectly dry, rustic, and endlessly quaffable, and dizzyingly complex yet unpretentious and approachable. These guys are really hitting their strides with the dry and balanced Belgians!
jmgreenuk (5132) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Vine Street Pub, Denver. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeast and banana. The flavour is medium bitter with a malt yeast crisp liqourice hop palate. It smelled like a witbier but tasted like a lager.
kermis (5870) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft sampled at the brewpub. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of fruits, herbs and citrus. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
Iphonephan (3713) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Vine Street Pub and Brewery. Pours a clear pale gold with a white head. Aroma of yeast and white pepper. Medium body. Flight bitter finish.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Mountain Sun. Clear golden pour with a white head. Banana candy on the nose, slight cucumber, some grass, and sweet pale malt. Somewhat vegetal, a bit floral...decent maltiness. A touch of pear. Flavor is banana, cucumber, and grass. Vegetal hops, floral notes, and sweet malt. Hints of pear and dough.
BeerandBlues2 (10240) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast and candi sugar, cookie malt, light fruity esters and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and bitterness, fruity esters, candi sugar, Belgian yeast notes and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Having this one side by side with the Ciel was quite the experience - while the Ciel had a lot going on with peppery and funky phenols, this beer was much cleaner and brighter - dry as all get out, with crisp, crackery maltiness - there are some phenols present, but there are subtle, adding some flinty/earthy/dusty notes and a hint of pepper - very mild estery character in the finish - so crisp - so dry - so delicious - this brewer keeps improving on Belgian styles - love this!
3fourths (8290) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 draft. brilliant orange amber body. soft peach and floral nose with touches of mandarin orange and pale malt honey sweetness. soft carbonation, medium-light body, overall very restrained and mild other than the assertive bitterness. lightly doughy, lightly pungent, apparently sweet but finishes dry. delicious.
onceblind (4698) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold in color with a nice persistant white head. Leafy hoppy aroma with a little bit of resin, with a backbone of some pale malt with a bit of toffee. Nice flavor of the same; leafy hops, a touch of resin, some pale malt sweetness and a subtle toffee finish, with smooth bitterness throughout.