superspak (4563) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; bottled on 7/24/2015. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, toasted bread, spicy rye, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, honey, wheat, toasted bread, spicy rye, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, honey, toasted bready, spicy rye, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness after the finish from carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Earlier Rating: 10/16/2012 Total Score: 4.2
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/2/2012. Pours a hazy orange copper color with an awesome 3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pear, grass, pepper, herbal, clove, biscuit, rye, nuttiness, earth, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, biscuit, rye, herbal, floral, pepper, earth, clove, and yeast spiciness. Light bit of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, herbal, floral, biscuit, rye, pepper, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying on the finish at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Biere De Garde! Great balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth a crisp to drink. Highly enjoyable offering.
Jow (3375) - New York, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. More speciality grain or bier de garde than APA.gazed brownish orange small white head. Nose is nice orange peel, peppery, and candy. Tastes of oranges, light hops, earthy bitter, grains, peppery, sweet banana candy, straw. Lively palate sweet fruity finish. Interesting nice fall time brew.
Earlier Rating: 10/22/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at the Smith in midtown. Pours copper with one finger tan soapy head. Nose of grains and orange peel. Tastes of rye, grains, oranges, green vegetables, pepper, and earth. creamy and dry one the palate. nice autumnal brew
tsd08460 (774) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: grass, citrus, herbs
Appearance: hazy amber, white head
Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour,
Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick feel, long finish,
Chudwick (2773) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz to my belly via a glass - nose is citrus and floral with a saison-y yeast smell. Sip adds belgian ale qualities along with a malty backbone. Tastes exactly like what an Ommegang APA would taste like. Great mouth feel. Decent hop presence on the front end but the taste goes away quickly.
Earlier Rating: 7/21/2013 Total Score: 3.4
12oz bottle - pours amber with off white head and nice lacing. Nose is wheat and floral. Flavor adds caramel and rye. Mildly sweet with light to medium bitterness. Dry and a little gritty. A good brew.
DialSquare (4236) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Crest in Clintonville: amber pour with frothy thin white. aroma of musty belgian yeast. tastes are belgian yeast and spice also with lemon, grain. even, ok. - 7.0
Earlier Rating: 10/29/2013 Total Score: 3.5
On tap at Fermentation Lounge. Copper pour, white head. Aroma is yeast, banana, clove. Tastes are straw, herbal, pear, rye, yeasty. Ok.
Ron (3548) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a white head with good retention and spot lacing as it recedes. Resin and grapefruit aromas. Crisp and fruity upfront turning slightly astringent in the lasting bitter resin and grainy finish. Too much Belgian yeast for a American Pale Ale.
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2012 Total Score: 3.3
2012 Flour City Brewers’ Fest. Pours out a light golden-amber. Good head. After things settled down a bit, strong fruity-yeast aromas. Flavor is distinctively of Belgian-type yeast. Good malty backbone, some spice. Lots of fruity yeast. Well balanced and not too heavy. Nice and refreshing.
obguthr (5577) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruit cake, spice nose. Clear copper, thin yellow head. Bready, malty, cake, apple core, maraschino cherries. Bread crust finish. Medium body, essy carbonation. Rather like a Biere de garde.
Earlier Rating: 9/2/2012 Total Score: 2.8
Draft: Lemon nose. Hazy copper, thin yellow head. Overripe lemon flavor with a lemongrass finish. Very tame. Sessionable, but too tame. Rare Vos is better.
SamP01 (658) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper amber with a large white creamy rocky head, some lacing. Aroma of mild sweet spice fruity notes, grains, herbal notes. Taste same as aroma with some notes of yeast and dark grains and grass, some mild spiced sweet fruity flavors and hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp. Finish is mild spiced fruit notes, grains yeast with some herbal hops bitterness. This brew is well balanced. easy on the palate and good drinking.
Earlier Rating: 11/29/2012 Total Score: 3.8
Pours a dark hazy orange with a large beige head, some lacing. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt, some earthy spicy rye and fruity notes, yeast and lightly toasted barley. Palate is a medium body with sweet spices and good carbonation. Finishes with sweet malt, spicy fruity notes, rye, yeasty and bready notes with some spicy hops bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a very good and flavorful seasonal brew.
Cybercat (5045) - Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear, bubbly amber with a thick and rather persistent eggshell head. Strong, yeasty, malty aroma grabs the ol’ sniffer from 30-40 cm away, and as you get close in reveals a subtle fruity note. Flavor echoes the aroma but with less yeast and fruit, and adds a hoppy undertone to the mix. It seems to get a little better with each sip. Fizz and body are only average, but it leaves a tasty finish. Happy harvest time - in the northern hemisphere, anyway.
Earlier Rating: 9/24/2012 Total Score: 3.3
Malty aroma is not strong, has an earthy undertone. Pours a nice bubbly orange-amber with a thick and rather persistent cream head. Flavor has malt, wheat and rye components with an earthy undertone and just a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Texture has about average body and a decent amount of tingle. Finish is earthy with hints of rye and wheat. Overall, not great, but interesting!
arkurzynski (2214) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pour. Subtle Belgian yeast esters with a touch faint citrus. Flavor is lightly sweet grain and Belgian yeast and light fruit skins. Great carb level. Ommegang style.
Earlier Rating: 10/15/2014 Total Score: 3.7
Orange amber pour. Nose of Belgian yeast, mild toasted malt, and faint rye. Flavor is mildly sweet and fruity with toasted malt and faint rye malt. Mild body boost from the oats. Pretty good.