BigBeer45 (1173) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Champanes sampled in a large tulip glass,
this ale had a clear burnt orange (copper) pour and made a two to three finger very faint off-white head that receded to a cover and ring,
the glass had a medium flow of bubbles in the center of the glass and a few bubbles elsewhere, this drink left spots and partial rings of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottom of the bottle had a thin layer (film) of light brown colored sediment,
the first whiffs from the bottle were banana but this was gone after I poured into the glass, the aromas were light toasted malt and bread, a little bit field flowers and herbs with faint spice, malt sweetness and something similar to vanilla pudding in the background,
this drink had flavors of toasted malt and caramel with light lemon citrus in the background, there was some malt sweetness,
the finish had a light/faint bitterness and citrus,
the mouth feel was light and there was soft to average carbonation on the palate,
a nice Summer drink.
hrothgar950 (139) - Mabelvale, Arkansas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden with beige head. Aroma with distinct cinnamon character. Spicy and warming.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
About 4 oz. out of 22 poured into a sample glass.
A: Pours a dark golden color with decent looking carbonation and lots of tiny yeast floaties. The head is a one finger barely offwhite color with decent retention and spotty lacing.
S: Clean, crisp citrus - grapefruit, lemon, and the like - backed by a subtle sour funk. I really like how this smells, even if its a little simple smelling.
T: Not nearly as good as the smell, sadly. Hints of lemon, phenols, and funk backed by slight maltiness, before the finish trails off disappointingly. Somewhat lacking in flavor. To be fair, it’s hard to judge the complexity of a small sample size, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this.
M: Like I said, the finish is completely lacking in staying power, but it’s far from undrinkable. Lighter texture and surprisingly lowish carbonation.
O: Not terrible, but I would rather spend a lot more on a bottle of La Folie - and I’m a cheap bastard, which should tell you something.
ubergud (4) - - AUG 23, 2012 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Draught @ BC's Pizza & Beer
Pours cloudy and amber with a thick orange honey color. Light malt and wheat with a watered slightly commercial finish. Pleasant but unremarkable.
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ellolovey (404) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Pours a hazy gold color with a nice frothy white head. Lively carbonation. Smells of bready malts and cloves. Taste doughy with lemon and corriander notes. lightly sour, with a sweet caramel side. Very interesting. Has a dry, bitter finish.
sonnycheeba (2528) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours mostly clear copper with average, frothy off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, grassy hops, figs, pears, mixed nuts, and some herbs. Flavor is sweet and toast malts forward with some hops (light bitterness) and good supporting fruit esters; dry finish. Light/medium body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.
aaron_bossart (33) - Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
New Belgian Brewery has outdone themselves on this ale. Poors a foggy robust copper-tan color, has a perfect frothy top and has a refreshing yet filling aftertaste. I have tried their Lips of Faith "Brett Beer" and it was decent, but this is HANDS DOWN the best ale I have had in a long time. I would highly recommend it.
czar (3255) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mondial 2012, mtl - notes. hazy golden orange with a very nice off-white head, very good retention and lacing. yeasty, oranges, spices, bretts, fruity. complex brew. lively, medium body, nice grassy-citrusy finish. very nice brew!
RobertDale (2608) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewery. Comes a hazy dark gold with a small biege head. Aroma of citrus, malt, and spices. Taste is citrus, grain, grass, yeast, and spices. Complex and interesting.
BrotherJason (47) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge bubbly head over a hazy pale pour. Lively carbonation is visible as head goes rocky until collapse. Aroma is of strong citrus, barnyard and earth. Taste is fairly sweet, but with more bitterness than expected. Mild sweet finish with a hint of bitterness. Minor soapy off flavor in the finish, as well.