maddmatt639 (329) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No retention and good lacing. Smells of peaches, lemons and grass. Tastes of lemons, sour dandelion and peach. Sour aftertaste.
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Bulk_Carrier (3009) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a hazy golden orange colored body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves some slightly clingy lacing.
The smell has peach, apricot, pear, apple, orange and coming through in a sort of floral yet somewhat herbal way. Thereís also a little bit of a white wine sort of smell and slightly mixed with a woody/oaky sort.
The taste is tart and kinda sour yet sweet sort of Belgian-ness, slight element of apple juice in the flavoring, but coming through in a good way, dry sort of tart apple/pear aftertaste, super dry earthy sort of finish.
The palate is about a light to medium and slightly sessionable. Carbonation seems to be good for the style and for me, nothing obscure.
Overall, this is a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale, good job New Belgium, Iím pretty sure Iíd have this one again, and it went great with my chili I had for dinner, however I have to mention this thing drinks like fruit juice.
cards04 (2464) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid Belgian ale. Pours a hazy orange with white head and lacing. Aromas are sweet Belgian candy. Yeast. Maybe a touch of peach. I get a bit of that dandelion bitter at the end. Nice stuff.
CaptBeatty (10) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy orange honey color. Mild yeast aroma with peach and citrus just apparent. Good flavor, nothing over powering, but there is a little clingy sweetness.
zach8270 (3959) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Cloudy gold pour. Yeast and sweetness at the start of the aroma with a very interesting herbal note, more than likely from the dandelion. Flavor is similar. Basic Belgian Ale at the start with an interesting herbal quality from the greens and grains of paradise. Different.
StormCoat (118) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Bi-Rite liquor in San Diego. Pours the color of cloudy honey, with a medium-sized, soapy off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. This stuff has a really nice, big aroma of lemon and spicy belgian yeast. As for flavor, itís quite sweet and fruity...almost lemonade-like, actually, but finishing with a mild grassy bitterness. Feels medium-bodied and pretty drinkable, so the 9% alcohol really sneaks up on you. I see that itís too sweet for a number of other reviewers, but to me this is a very interesting beer, one that you sip on for a while. Kind of like an unusual candy or something. I dig it.
jasonclick (10) - Green Cove Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured hazy golden with very little head. Aroma is very mild fruit. Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Taste is too sweet with a fruity grassy taste.
Jonathan_E (21) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Poured from a twenty-two ounce bottle into a New Belgium stemmed goblet. Builds a fluffy plateau of head that skims gracefully over worn gold pigmentation. Reminiscent of a field covered in dandelions or full cumulus clouds, which dissipate to cirrus streaks of lace too swiftly. Like many LOF entries the nose is intricate, which in this instance results in salted caramels, summer sausage and marinara sauce with the slightest tart hint of unsweetened lemonade. The palate carries citric peach juice across more intensely than the nose, but I ended up likening it to pulpy orange juice than the proper stone fruit. Flavors of wet stone, raindrops-straight-to-tongue, lentils, capers, and ravioli noodle jarringly evolve into a bitter end palate of cooked spinach and bell pepper. Its flavors of hearty Belgian Strong Pale severed by an overwhelming vegetation comes off cloying. A crisp, sprightly mouthfeel offers drinkability and would have offered more had the after taste not resembled dewy morning lawn. Worth a try for complexity gluttons like myself, but stray away anyone who wants just a simple "good beer."
LarryBeast (611) - - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belgian style or not, itís funnest to pronounce "Paardebloem" as though you were the Swedish chef. Maybe that alone boosts this beer in my esteem. Straw, doughy yeast, peachy and citric, mild spice, bitter tang. Bork.
shigadeyo (3387) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/31/2014: New Belgium Paardebloem... I asked the bartender about this beer since I didnít know what it was and all she said was that it was "lighter with some dandelion" flavor. This wasnít really enough to go on, so I asked to taste it and discovered that the beer was delicious and unique, so I asked for a tall and Iím glad I did. While drinking it, I enjoyed the fleshy fruit flavor paired with a peppery spice; the bready maltiness paired nicely with the oddly bitter dandelion; the finish was slightly woody and dry; I could tell there was some read alcohol lurking inside, but I had no idea that it was 9% while drinking it! This is a great beer and I hope to enjoy it again sometime! 23 fl. oz. draught at Brazenhead in Mason, Ohio. Rating #192 for this beer.