hman43 (983) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy golden appearance. Aromas of bubble gum, and yeast. Taste of yeast, bread and a bit of lemon. Moderately bitter aftertaste.
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from total wine.
Hazy maize pour with a big fluffy white head. Spicy, leathery nose. Flavor brings an enormous dose of band-aid -- this has to be the most band-aidy beer Iíve ever had. At first I think "how can I drink this", but then I realize itís just what I need as I sit here trying to write on a summerís evening: a beer that fits summer but is entirely not designed for quaffing. As hard as I try I just canít fall in love with Ommegangís yeast, but this is an interesting beer and I donít really regret having a glass half full of it in front of me. That said, itís so far from a 99th percentile Belgian ale that I fear for the beer-youth of America, even if Ommegang is an old-school kind of overrated.
dlovell2 (1625) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a foamy white head. Aroma is fruity citrus with floral notes and spicy yeast. Flavor is lightly sweet fruity malt with citrus and some spicy peppery notes and a yeasty finish. Really nice summer Belgium brew.
Shot (402) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy Amber with a massive fluffy white head. Aromas of citrus, malt, and Belgian yeast--banana and clove. Flavors are citrus with yeasty esters, cut grass, crackery notes and a firm bitterness. Thereís a peppery backbone and a clean, dry finish. Lively, well carbonated mouthfeel. Nice summer beer.
tillmac62 (661) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BBD 06/15. Hazy (due to yeast) golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
World class nose of floral hops, lemon notes, subtle clove phenols from the yeast and a biscuit background.
Light medium body with a smooth texture that has just a hint of creaminess. Perfect carbonation with effervescence from the middle on and a rousing prickly finish.
The almost outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but fails to completely cover the alcohol and lacks enough biscuit to balance. Floral hops lead coupled with a bit of lemon. The middle brings a mild bitterness and subtle and fleeting biscuit sweetness. The sweetness is quickly overpowered by clove with alcohol underneath. As the clove subsides in the finish, alcohol becomes dominate.
ClarkVV (5376) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Methuselah, Pittsfield, 6/26/15
Very lightly hazed light amber with some burnished copper highlights and a small, white head that recedes quickly to cover.
Nicely phenolic nose starts things off peppery and dry while honey and vanilla emanate from the malt, balancing and creating a solid palette for the not-all-that-hoppy hop notes. They are indeed light and playful, adding bits of citrus, light red fruits and a touch of spicy/floral character. It works well, complementing, but not outdoing the yeast while no alcohol or flaws are apparent.
Sweet, though not overly so, with soft, honey-like pils malt giving a slightly sticky texture that is then broken up by the dry estery/phenolic Belgian yeast and very minimal bitterness from the hops. Quite drinkable on account of the sweet, easygoing flavors, light wateriness and brisk carbonation. For a beer with the word hop in the name, itís not all that hoppy, but for a lighthearted summer ale, it works. Maybe just a bit too much cake/icing sweetness on the finish, with slightly over-doughy maltiness bogging down the palate. Still, clean and drinkable, but the alcohol and tendency towards sweet/malty are a bit at odds with the lighter, hoppy summer session ale intentions here.
Meilby (10775) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Stout, New York, NY
Pours hazy golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, yeast and grass. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long fruity, yeasty, peppery and grassy finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
marcus (8809) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a large foamy white head and a floral fruit and yeast aroma. There is a slightly sour fruity light malt flavor with some spices and a little banana ester. Refreshing.
edgallow (3477) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, malts and floral. Taste is yeast, malts and some citrus.
markducommun (837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super cloudy light orange, white head. Citrus, light honey and grain, slightly herbal. Slightly bitter tang, solid sweet body. Lighter chewy body, a good bit of acidity. Medium finish. Quite good.