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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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67% ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in oak barrels, 33% ale brewed with agave nectar. (Released in 500ml cork/cage bottles at brewpub, on May 10, 2009


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KajII (767) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium golden orange with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that lasted only a short while, reducing to a light film with a large collar and having some good streaky lacing. The aroma was of a hay malt and a doughy yeast with notes of banana, apple, oak cask, white wine, apricot, agave nectar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was sweet and a bit acidic with a hint of fruity esters early on and then became rather yeasty and a bit sour with a mild sweet wine undertone and a slight oak alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lingered for a good long while with a nice fruity sour sweet alcohol warming sensation left behind. Mouthfeel was a little past light in body with a dry oily texture and a fizzy carbonation. Overall this was a fantastic Strong Ale that had a great fruity presence, which along with the Belgian yeast hid the high ABV very nicely...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Orange pour, nice white head. Aroma of cherry, oak, flavor is very sweet, of oak, nectar and honey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gendv138 (349) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a golden brown color with an off-white ring. Aromas of candied fruit, syrup. Tasting notes of caramel, booze, candied fruit, dark fruit, light citrus. Medium body with a warm and dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (205) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2014
500 ml bottle poured into tulip. Hazy orange-blossom honey hue with a sizeable foamy white head leaving slight lacing. Earthy aroma of oak, tequila. Big flavor of peach, bourbon, wood, honey and tequila. It’s a bit on the sweet side, but I don’t mind that. Nice warming alcohol quality. This was more than I generally spend on a beer, but I think it was worth it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HIGHB4LL (269) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Festival. Appearance: finger of white head, straw yellow color, cloudy. Aroma: bourbon, oak, fruit, light tequila. Palate: dry finish, average carbonation, light to medium body. Taste: bourbony sweetness to fruity sweetness. Overall, one of the more unique beers at the festival, and one I need to try again for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gschrade (462) - Collinsville, USA - MAR 3, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish-gold with a white head. Taste sweet, fruity, slightly boozy. I thought this was ok. I would skip drinking this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle. Attractive hazy orange pour with a quickly fading white head. Light tequila and oak in the aroma with a relatively clean and sweet malt profile. Taste is tequila with complimentary sweet malt and some bitter fruit notes with alcohol vapors. Coating mouthfeel. I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2127) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served, showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a modest layer off white, gradually diminishing head froth, with light waves of lacing rising from the thin, persistent ring of foam. The nose offered tartness, pit fruit as peach & apricot, a touch of sweetness, and a subtle, but lurking alcohol presence at this point. Medium to full bodied, with good effervescence, the flavor became quite nectar sweet, but was held in check from becoming too cloying by the now strong & warming alcohol, decent carbonation, tartness, and touch of finishing dryness. Missed any barrel notes of consequence, but enjoyed the warmth and sipable nature. Pricey pour, though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, apricot, apple, orange peel, agave, clove, oak, pepper, light bourbon, light toffee, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and light-moderate barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, agave, caramel, vanilla, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, agave, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt/agave, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome barrel flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Belgian strong ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, malt/agave, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (5717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, clear orange pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of some sweet sugar, agave, hints of honey into some vanilla, toffee, slight grass in there with a hint of brown sugar, slight oaky notes as well. Taste is a big mix of sugar, some vanilla, caramel, honey, and agave into some slight oak, brown sugary notes, some biscuit, finishing fairly sweet, slightly boozy. Interesting, but no balance on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (1896) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Almost clear golden liquid with small white head. Aroma of dried fruit, port wine, bread, toffee, cachaca and wood. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of dried fruit, port wine and raw sugar. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Quite nice.


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