Tmoney99 (11710) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caged & corked bottle. Poured clear brown yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sour citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet & sour flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a bright, bold, deep honey-copper color; highly effervescent; huge, foamy, fine-bubbled head with just great retention and lacing; a beautiful appearance in the glass, flawless. A fair amount of white pepper, citrus, and zesty minerals in the aroma; has the pepperiness and yeast character of a tripel, a very soft, non-intrusive malt core (lightly biscuity) and a prominent citrus / mineral hop note; very solid, lively aroma, with some hints of grassy, herbaceous notes that fit with the dry hopping; mouthwatering. Medium body, perhaps a touch heavier; lively, effervescent carbonation; no obvious alcohol or astringency, very light creaminess; fluffy, mouth-filling texture; a very well-balanced presentation of white pepper and doughiness (yeast), biscuity and bready notes (malts), and zesty citrus / mineral / herbal qualities from the hops; nothing stands out too prominently, or I should say overly so; the malt core is nicely attenuated and just chewy enough, the CO2 keeps this alive in the mouth, the hop character is quite fresh and enjoyable; a great demonstration of a nicely fine-tuned recipe; anything but sloppy. Lasting finish of biscuity malts, lingering citrus and herbal hops, pepper.
thornecb (4743) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white head slowly recedes to skim surface. Lemon joy and grapefruit aromas. Sweet lemony yeast upfront turning to clove and grapefruit in the lasting bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big amount of chill haze has formed in this beer since I put it in the fridge two days ago. A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces almost four-fingers worth of nicely tanned foam. The head slowly falls with pillowy mounds of froth that leaves a rocky surface on the top fo the foam. The beer is a murky, light amber color that shows a rich haze and lighter copper hues when held up to the light. Earthy yeast notes mix with spicy herbal hop aromas followed by citrus hop notes in the first whif of the aroma. My second waft of the aroma sees me noticing tropical fruit hop notes much more with notes of lychee, floral peach and perhaps a touch of kumquat or tangelo zest. Earthy, spicy malt character is accentuated by fruity fermentation notes, and spicy phenolics; this last is a touch musty, a hint of medicinal, with some solid, supporting clove aromatics. The malt becomes more noticeable as my nose adjusts to the hops, toasted whole grain bread aromatics, rye crackers and fresh crushed grain notes all are apparent. In addition to the hops, there are other fruit notes of pear and perhaps a light melon like character. The aroma on this is interestingly complex, and I am quite enjoying the interplay of Belgian yeast, American Hops and malt.
Sweet grapefruit hop flavors are noticeable as the beer first hits my tongue. The beer dries out quite a bit as it rolls across my tongue though; the malt character is overall dry, but the hops accentuate an up front sweetness that just lingers on the palate even in the long finish. Both the peppery carbonation and the hops provide a biting, bitter note that is found throughout the flavor profile, but especially lingering in the finish. Touches of pine and a definite herbal edge also linger towards and into the finish of each sip. The malt contributes a soft dough-like flavor, some toasted cracker notes as well as a rustic, crushed grain character that lingers in the finish. It is interesting that the fermentation character accentuates a lychee / tropical fruit flavor from the Cascade hops. The texture of this beer is fizzy from the ample carbonation, but well tamed by a creamy texture; overall this is quite quaffable and certainly light enough to be what I was expecting labeled as a BPA. Fermentation spice notes of clove (this is actually quite big and mixes quite well with the hop character), woody black pepper and pink ginger play a bigger and bigger role as the beer warms up.
In a world were there are few commercial examples of American hops and Belgian inspired yeast strains (especially under 7%) this is a really nice beer. I can’t see this standing up if a lot more of these get made though. As it is though, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. My biggest complaint is that the malt seems to muddle things a bit; it does add complexity, but seems to get in the way of the crisp hops and interesting yeast character, though it does add extra complexity, which isn’t really needed in a beer chock-full hops and yeast character. This would also be a bit lighter and more refreshing without the extra malt character; and I don’t think that would be a bad thing.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright golden with a well maintained foamy off-white head. Notes of citrus and floral esters, honey, bubble gum, sweet pale malt and toasted malt. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. Very nice.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from metzlers in denton tx. poured gold with a white head that would no give up. aroma was lemon, fruits, apple, banana, and maybe some coriander? and cinnamon. flavor was lemon, banana, fruits, and a touch of vanilla. medium body with high carbonation.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Pours opaque apricot gold, off white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity. Flavor is hops with dried fruit and some funky yeastiness. Not too yeasty to be overpowering. Fairly refreshing, not totally my thing though.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of spices, clove, citrus, and some sweet malt. Good flavor with the belgian yeast and citrus hops blending well. Good beer.
alexsdad06 (6755) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Pours a hazy golden color with a large fluffy lasting off white head. The aroma is floral and herbal hops, fruity, some yeast and pale malts. The flavor is dry yeasty, citrus fruits, pale biscuity malts with some herbal hops. This is a nice beer, but nothing that really jumps out as being standout.
jcwattsrugger (11374) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @OTH on tap-pours a white head that laces and yellow color. Aroma is clove/peppers-spice, orange/herbal, sweet light malt. Taste is clove/peppers-spice, orange/lemon/herbal hops, sweet light malt. Soft carbonation, somewhat dry finish.