jeremyh70 (882) - Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy bright yellow with a massive white fluffy head that threatens to top the glass even with the gentlest pour. Great retention and lacing. The aroma is immediately bubblegum and Belgian yeast with lemon and underlying hints of barnyard. The taste is exactly what I wanted with the floral hops, lemon and a bit of sweetness from the malt. The yeast adds to the complexity with some spiciness and a little funk, ending with a subdued bitterness that fades away. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing with a somewhat creamy body and medium/high carbonation that helps make the beer finish dry. This could very well be my go to summer beer as indicated on the bottle. Delicious and very drinkable and Belgian Pale Ales are quickly becoming my favorite style.
demannu (188) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, floral aroma. Golden hazy color with frothy white head. Fair retention. Soft clean palate. Dry finish. Softer earthy, floral, and fruity flavors than aroma would lead you to believe which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Solid overall.
NikkTwist (2015) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy gold pour with a karge fizzy/foamy white head. Lots of carbonation. Very strong citrus floral flavors: Tangerine peels. Chanterelle mushrooms. Orange marmalade. Cilantro. Rosewater. Lavender. Potpourri. Some yeasty/bready notes: Sourdough. Buttered croissants. Honeycomb. Touch sweet but a very dry finish: White peppercorns. Astringent oak tannins. Lemon pith. Appreciate that this is just marketed as a "Belgium Ale" and not a Saison because it otherwise too bold and fruity. Taken as is - it works.
Edward104 (40) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lemon orange nose, nicely carbonated, pillowy head that laces the glass, tastes tart, hoppy, delicious,
SlovakSniper (3908) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(33 cl. BB 03/2016. Dégustation offerte par Vincent. Merci!) Bière blonde traversée par un million de particules. Nez de malts pâles et de blé avec des houblons floraux, des épices, un petit côté banane et une touche subtile de vanille. En bouche, les caractéristiques granuleuses et herbacées ne me plaisent pas particulièrement. Ceci dit, c’est loin d’être mauvais. Les délicates fleurs, le profil épicé et les malts arrivent à point. Au palais, le liquide montre un corps moyen-faible avec un pétillement normal et une texture légère. La finale se fait sur des notes amères peu agressantes mais encore une fois drôlement parfumées par le grain et l’herbe.
hman43 (607) - 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 (2162) - 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 I’ve ever had. At first I think "how can I drink this", but then I realize it’s just what I need as I sit here trying to write on a summer’s evening: a beer that fits summer but is entirely not designed for quaffing. As hard as I try I just can’t fall in love with Ommegang’s yeast, but this is an interesting beer and I don’t really regret having a glass half full of it in front of me. That said, it’s 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 (1225) - 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 (260) - 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. There’s a peppery backbone and a clean, dry finish. Lively, well carbonated mouthfeel. Nice summer beer.
tillmac62 (425) - 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 (4223) - 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, it’s 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.