keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this was my first blonde if the summer and if they were like this one, I'd have more. Lightly sweet aroma with a little Belgian spice. Fruity aroma with a bit of banana. The flavor is subtle with little bits of flavor popping out. Nice refreshingly dry finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 finger dark head. golden orange appearance. smells nice, a lot of citrus, grapefruit the finish cleans up nicely with a little dankness. Juicy without being over the top
ClarkVV (4342) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
March 2015 bottle drunk 8/13/15.
Bright blonde body shows plentiful carbonation, high clarity and a large white head that steadily recedes to cover.
Very soft herbal notes mix with peppery yeast phenols to provide dryness, while the very light, honey notes from the malts are soft, well-extracted and provide a good maltiness without being too sweet. Esters are reserved and while there’s some light banana, there is indeed the dry nectarine/pear-like quality that is pleasant. No clove or tangy peach and the banana isn’t out of control. No alcohol or flaws.
Sweet pale malts give off pleasantly extracted, yet not-too-sweet-honey and bread dough flavors, in the mouth. Pleasant spicy phenols and touches of hop bitterness provide ample balance but remain delicate and nowhere near overdone/aggressive. Fruity esters remain elegant throughout and the beer goes down nicely. I really like Ommegang’s yeast at cooler temperatures (I assume that’s what’s going on here, because the beer still has enough remaining malt sweetness that it dosent seem like they fermented it really warm, not to mention the lower presence of esters). Though I still may prefer it just a touch more dry, this is really well done. When you’re rating a Belgian ale and you’re continuously using terms like "graceful", "reserved", "soft" and "gentle", that’s a good thing. Or so I think, anyways.
Edward104 (41) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head laces the glass. nose is breast and lager. Tastes a little tart, a little orange pith, some nice hops. Finished with a nice bitterness. Fairly well balanced. Overall OK. Not my type.
HighlanderOne (1079) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle. A bit of gas at first in aroma, but vanilla cake and fruity citrus aroma. Lovely lookin cloudy gold with white lacing head. The spice (pepper and banana) hits the taste buds first, followed by vanilla, bread, yeast and assorted fruit. My only complaint is that it has a slightly oily feel. Other than that, this beer reminds me why I have to go to Belgium someday.
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of earthy and dusty hay, straw, lemon. Taste is earthy, peppery citrus. Decent.
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, gum, sulfur, hay.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Shockingly good, or at least this sample is. Very peppery, zesty, herbal, saison-ish nose with great flavor balance...when I first smelled it I was immediately reminded of Saison Dupont, believe it or not. Very dry/crisp finish with nice yeasty tartness, and a fluffy mouthfeel. And look at that head! Geez...enormous meringue thing that lasts til the very last traces of liquid remain in the glass. Best new (to me) beer from Ommegang since that first batch of Hop House rolled into Colorado a couple years ago (which was also a 4.1 for me, but subsequent batches didn’t measure up). To reference the theme of the beer, they certainly knocked this one out of the park. Gonna have to give this the 4-pack test for sure.
Leafs93 (1896) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is floral, pear, grass and yeast. Taste is sweet with some tartness. Light bodied, smooth with some drying on the finish.
Jow (2748) - New York, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Draught 55 heading up to inlaws lake house in Cooperstown in a few weeks so cheers to that. Golden pour. Nose is yeast and tropical fruit. Tastes of banana, cloves, coriander, yeast, papaya, herbal, and lemongrass. Soft palate. Lovely post gym beer this afternoon
mike67 (937) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready and wheat malt, wheat and some floral hops and pears. Body is medium and creamy. Herbal hops, funky yeast, wheat malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.