Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: One of the best examples ever of how a yeast truly defines a beer ad its style. If it wasn’t written all over the bottle, I never would have guessed it was based on Duvel . I guess it also proved a great base beer can make many great beers. This one proved that in another place and time Duvel might have been somewhere between a Saison and a cali-belgizue pale ale of cail-belgo tripel. SIMPLY BRILLIANT. Way softer carbonatoin thena true Duvel and less prolific head. Probably the best tasting beer I had, had in a few months. Hid alc fairly well, too.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light to medium yellow that at times looked almost slightly neon. It also had an average, white head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy light-colored bread, pale malt and cracker; light to moderate floral, perfume, herbal, and grassy hops; lighter citrus hops; heavy doughy, earthy and funky yeast; and other citrus. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic, and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter, and slightly sour with a fairly long duration. There was pale malt, lemon, cracker, light bread, grassy, herbal, perfume, floral hops, earthy and lightly funky yeast, cracker, spicy yeast and doughy yeast. The medium to full body was fort of creamy and then very dry with soft but tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent, lightly alcoholic and very dry finish.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[5236-20130419] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Light grainy grassy lemon aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Grainy lemon bitter yeast flavour. Medium body. Fair but a little old? (6/3/6/3/13) 3.1
Overheard: "His buttcheeks have tentacles." "No, it’s pronounced ’testicles’."
kaser (2015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 22oz bottle. Grain and wheat taste. Very fruity. Orange rind and flour flavor. Not bad
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours maize with a white head into a Duvel tulip. The aroma is insanely good -- the epitome of what a golden farmhouse ale should offer. Grassy fields that take you there, cut hay drying in the sun, a bit of dust, leather, pepper, a mild hint of the bubblegum and banana to come in the flavor. I am really impressed. This aroma reminds me not only why I like rustic golden ales but also why I love beer in general. It makes me start to think about giving a rare 10 for aroma.
The bubblegum comes up forwardly in the flavor, a bit stronger than I like, and the yeast contributes the expected spiciness. While this is a relatively dry beer, the esters contribute a certain sweetness and the alcohol is not undetectable. A chocolate-covered salt caramel pairing is money, pushing the sweetness into the background and drawing out the noble hops that otherwise are more in the aroma than flavor. I think I need to revisit the whole Ommegang range; my bet is that I came to it too early in my beer journey and didn’t appreciate it for what it was.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear golden color with white head. Grassy hop, mild skunk, dry spice, dusty pale malt aromas. Medium bodied with average co2. Grassy hop, bready, dusty pale malt, dry spice flavors____drying finish---very tasty
RickTStiles (652) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy golden with a lasting white head. Vaguely citric Aroma. Taste is sweet with melon and citrus. Finish is dry.
daknole (8329) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden pour, white head. Nice saison notes, yeast, hay, stone fruits, light spice.
Derek881 (939) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a large bottle into a trappist style glass to drink. The beer was a lighter gold color with a slight hazy-sediment component, but mostly clear, with a good-sized foamy white head that had average retention, but very good cling and lacing. Its aroma had a lively fruity and floral blend with notes of grapes and apple, along with a lighter earthy-grainy mix, and a bit of yeast. The taste was quite good with a predominantly sweet fruit blend with fruity flavors, including apple, and a light citrus background, with a subtle grainy bitter finish. It had a lighter, fluffy, smoother body with a somewhat wet mouthfeel, and medium carbonation and fizz; the fairly high alcohol content was indiscernible.
pilgrimoutlaw (688) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 year old bottle. Nice golden pour with big white head. Citrus, hay, floral, pepper. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet, light tartness. Dry, crisp body. Very nice.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A yeasty and well hopped belgian blonde ale. High drinkability for the style. Good beer.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed fresh soon after purchase.
The look: Cloudy shining yellow-blonde body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Nose has a lot of yeast-related fruits (peaches, bananas, ground cherries) along with a nice fresh baguette smell and grassy herbal hops. In mouth the beer feels nourishing, big full chewy body but with ample carbonation, very nice mouthfeel here. Taste is both straightforward and highly satisfying. A pale malt backbone that is like fresh crust-less baguette. Fruity notes of bananas, pears, ground cherries. Strong and pleasant belgian yeast presence. Generous amount of earthy herbal hops. A bit sweet on the attack but the herbal-grassy hops do a great job drying out the finish. My 750ml was just too easy to drink. First time I had this beer I thought it was just ok, then a few months later I bought this bottle (different Batch?) and I loved it quite a lot. Another well-made and well-packaged beer from Ommegang, this brewery that always goes the extra mile, and thankfully they don’t run a taxi service because people would be so pissed after being dropped one mile past where they want to go.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Hops and Pie, light orange pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of orange, lemon, some clove, banana in there from the yeast, slight biscuit, grass, some grainy notes as well. Taste is a mix of white fruit, banana, slight bubblegum into clove, spice, and grassy notes, slight vanilla, honey, and bready notes, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty good.