HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Perhaps I sat on my bottle too long, because I didn’t really get anything resembling what I expected. It would be hard to describe the flavors, something like perhaps what I imagine burnt granola might taste like, but overall the beer, while not undrinkably awful, was certainly not "belgian pale ale with vanilla beans" tasting.
bellco33 (441) - 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 (3397) - 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 (3929) - 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).
vtafro (4241) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Belgian spice, yeast and fruit aromas. Similar Belgian flavors, yeast and spice hints of vanilla.
Concealer (881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Thanks to ModeEngage! Clear golden amber with a small, foamy beige head that lasts and laces. Aromas of vanilla, yeast, earthy must, light citrus and caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel, vanilla, light citrus, yeast, banana, and some spicy, earthy malts underlying. Light bodied, smooth with a slightly dry end. Big notes of vanilla and yeast throughout.
mdindy (36) - Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark cloudy orange, aroma of spices and yeast. smooth malty body, citrus hops and heavy spices in the finish. overall good blend of flavors, worth trying.
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daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy light brown pour with a light head. Lots of bubblegum, ripe plantain, clove, doughy malts. Ok.
Reynolds314 (2687) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a huge fan. Cloudy milky straw pour. Aroma is clove, bubble gum, banana and wheat. Taste is sweet pink bubble gum.
williamstome (1173) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange brown pour, foamy off white head. Aroma is inteResting; a lot of yeast, raisin, cherry, vanilla, fruit. Flavor is cherry vanilla and yeast. Super sweet.
Leighton (13038) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours lightly unclear gold with a creamy, white head. Definitely some vanilla in the nose, also bread, a bit of candi sugar. Medium sweet flavor with lots of bready malts, Belgiany phenols, bubblegum. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and oily texture. Sweet finish with more sugary bread, toasty toffee, some dry biscuits, more oily vanilla. Nice stuff. Fairly novel.