Chalumeaux (933) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can amber body with a nice white head. Aromas of belgian yeast honey bread and vanilla. Taste is nice with a spicy Carmel like finish.
woodychevy (822) - - OCT 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pretty great stuff. Belgian notes upfront with a really appealing dry/ crisp finish. Vanilla notes somewhat odd but subtle- can’t decide if they really work or not. Lots of spice/pepper. Appealing funk/ sourdough notes. Super clean. Very enjoyable.
Ernesto987 (5347) - Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft at brewery, another bland tasteless belgian ale which is fine! Very simple and drinkable, ive heard some bad things about previous batches so this is a good thing.
ctipping (1039) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Orange body. Big white head. Smells a little hoppy with some Belgian yeast. Lots of vanilla. Tastes malty. Sharp Belgian yeast that’s almost overpowering, but vanilla takes over and overwhelms the finish. Medium body. Interesting variation. I think I couldn’t drink a lot of this, but in small doses it’s ok.
jmm635 (981) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, golden color with a pillowy white head. Aroma of banana, cloves, Belgian yeast, pepper. Mainly bitter. Has a long, super dry finish.
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle date of 10/8/ 14. Dirty hazy color thin lasting head. Aroma shows me Belgain yeast, very mild vanilla, some light traces of honey. Yeah all the flavor is here and.proper but a tad on the stale side. This feels like it is a bit past its prime. Still pretty good overall.
dmac (5282) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft during EBF weekend. Poured a deep gold body with an average sized foamy white head. Aroma and flavor of Belgian yeast, banana peel, menthol notes, grainy bread crusts. Average mouthfeel with carbonation that is a bit on the strong side. Okay.
bellco33 (652) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery: Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is Belgian funk, spices, and a little citrus fruit. Taste is more of the same, with the funk really standing out. Light to medium body, not my favorite.
rodenbach99 (4060) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Embouteillé le 2-18-2015, 7,2% alc. Un beau liquide doré foncé avec une mousse blanche. Un nez bien épicé avec des notes de poivres noirs. En bouche on retrouve des saveurs d’épices, de poivre entre autre et de sirop d’érable (probablement confondu avec les gousses de vanille).
ClarkVV (5367) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 2/18/15 batch, drunk February and March 2015.
Amber bodied liquid is clear or nearly so, with an off-white head that is very well-retained.
Tons of esters and phenols in the nose recount pears, cherries, black pepper, vanilla, apples, currants and so forth. It’s not overpowering, nor is there any alcohol. Soft toffee and light brown bread-like maltiness add a backbone and there is little to no sign of hops. Maybe a touch of doughiness?
Two main things strike me about this beer. It’s well-done and wonderfully well-fermented/produced. There’s no dirtiness/yeastiness/blandness, no off-flavors of any sort and the carbonation and body are spot-on (fine, tight carbonation and a medium body with a soft, nearly creamy texture). But second, it’s got no real character. With all of the yeast flavors coalescing to really produce nothing striking of any sort, it’s just sort of a mouthful of malts and esters/phenols. That’s fine, though, and not every beer has to be a knock-your-socks-off, novel, crazy trendsetter. Certainly plenty of trappist character, though no one brewery stands out here. Seems more like an everyday Belgian ambree. The finish is loaded with peppery phenol and scrumptuously chewy maltiness (caramel, buttercream) and a touch of sourdough. Good stuff. Nowhere near overdone on the vanilla (would barely know it’s in there).