mcox90 (1371) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. Pours a straw color with a sticky 2 finger white head. Head has good retention and leaves gobs of sticky lace. Aroma is loaded with the scent of apple, pear, banana, as well as clove and coriander. Flavor is a nice blend of the two brewers yeast strains as well a grassy hop bitterness with the added touch of coriander and clove spice. i also detected a touch of white pepper. Moderate bodied palate with prickly carbonation. Warming, sweet finish. Ya gotta get this.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours hazy straw with a thin white head. Peppery aroma with a little barnyard funk. Flavor is much the same. Body is medium/thin. Clean finish.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Roy
Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, orange peel, Belgian yeast, banana, and spice. It pours a mostly transparent gold with a touch of haze and a small white head. The flavor starts with banana, bubblegum, and light Belgian yeast. The finish has light orange peel and faint spice. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy mango skin orange with two fingers of billowing clean white head. Nose is light and zesty with notes of white pepper, citrus rind, lemongrass, and yeast phenolics. Flavor has a nice balance of dry peppery character and Belgian yeast. Some fruit comes through with notes of raw earthy yeast. Dry spicy palate with a crisp carbonation and light body.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy gold with thin, white head / Sweet and sour nose of banana and spice / Medium to full body, thick and syrupy, moderately sweet, very malty with good, lightly bitter, finish / Flavors of banana, hay, clove, coriander, and black pepper / Needs more hop balance - somewhat cloying.
GJF (1154) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Lincoln Wine Bar. It’s a subtle, slightly herbal, slightly yeasty beer with a grassy, semi-sweet finish. I taste more La Chouffe than Ommegang. Interesting beer for my 8th "century."
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..Pours a cloudy deep yellow with creamy white head. Aroma has nice notes of fruit, extremly faint bubblegum, white pepper, wheat and farmhouse. Flavor is much the same, nice little wheat tartness. Mouthfeel is medium body, smooth, with soft carbonation. Overall, excellent brew.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle split with McBerko. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with ring of off white head. Aroma was mildly sweet, fruity and yeasty. Yeasty, clove taste, fruit, some bubblegum and mild clove. Very nice.
Hair6a11 (1228) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is Light golden with a frothy white head into this tulip ; retention is on the average side, very very light lacing here. Quite fruity on the nose, with slightly funkiness and grassy characters. I found the maltier side up front on the tongue, however. Sweet breads and lemongrass, peaches and a dab of honey; the center of the brew I find slightly lacking, while the hop profile comes through on the finish with a slightly bitter feel. Florals and grassy hops come through along with a spice note as well. This is nice brew, for sure.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the abv at 9.5%.
Appearance: The body has a tan/blonde color with a heavy haze and some light brown sediment floating around near the bottom of the glass. On top there is an off white cap of foam that slowly settles and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: There is a big classic Belgian yeast character coming to the nose. With it comes fruit, funk and wet hay mixed with some sweet bready malt and solid notes of floral/spicy hops.
Taste/Palate: It started with a nice base of sweet bready malt and yeast with a light touch of funk and wet hay. Inside this are some nice fruity notes as well and I get white wine grapes, light unripe peach and mild orange blossom. This is all backed up by a firm floral and spicy hop bitterness that adds a pleasant balance and dryness to the finish. It’s well balanced on the palate and fun to drink.
Notes: Overall it is an outstanding Belgian which to me seems to fits somewhere between a Blond and a Triple. Also of note here is the very well hidden 9.5% abv.