marcus (5886) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours clear blonde with a modest off-white head and a fruit and yeast aroma. There is a slightly sour light malt flavor with a banana finish.
joshmcg000 (293) - Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy gold with white head, lots of yeast. Aroma is spicy yeast. Medium body, lots of sweet yeast flavor with a little spiciness, little bit of banana, and some citrus hops. Some alcohol taste also. Lots of grainy barley taste on the malt side. Nothing spectacular but it does a really good job of hiding the higher ABV, very drinkable and pretty good.
commonshawn (233) - - FEB 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap in tulip at Lyonís pub. Hazy dark gold. Little head on my pour. Sweet smell, almost honey like. Slightly syrupy, but has elements of Belgian ales. Yeast and slight citrus, finished with syrupy alcohol. Decent attempt.
commonmac (163) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Lyonís Pub in downtown Mpls. Absolutely no head which is mainly attributed to the bartender not the beer itself. Dark golden color with good carbonation present. Aroma is odd....maybe yeast? Taste is surprisingly solid. Represents the Belgian strong ale well considering itís about as far from Belgium as possible. Alcohol is present. Some malty sweet. No real bitter or floral hops at all. While itís not the best beer out there, if youíre in Iowa (or Mpls) probably worth a try.
douglas88 (5471) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stubby little 12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. The aroma is lemons, some dry yeasts, and something akin to overripe rotting fruit. A smooth flavor of lemons, dry Belgian malts, not hot despite a higher ABV. Decent. A nice effort.
GJF (1196) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Lincoln Wine Bar. Deep yellow, very thin white head. Citrus aroma with a bit of funk to it. Flavor is yeasty with some apple and clove, a spicy finish. Not much carbonation for the style. Itís got some good flavor to it, but a little rough around the edges--good beer, not great.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Slightly hazy blonde-gold with rapidly diminishing head, leaving complete stillness behind. This is not how a Belgian ale should look.
Aroma: Yeasty (with banana and clove), hoppy (clearly Styrian) and bready.
Taste: Sweeter than the yeasty, hoppy aroma - this is as expected when most US brewers attempt the style. Lots of bread, with some banana and clove before finishing up with the peppery Styrian hops.
Palate: Moderate carbonation with a medium body and a barely dry finish. Not effervescent, crisp and dry as would be proper.
Overall: Typical US attempt at a Strong Belgian Pale/Golden/Blonde Ale. While there are some nice flavors here, the faulty mouthfeel and sweet body are simply off.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours clear gold with no head.
Aroma: Juicy fruit gum and grain.
Taste: Banana, flan, bubble gum light Euro bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with spicy fizz.
Overall: A drinkable Belgian-style ale. Not fantastic, but not bad either.
Strykzone (4386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear golden. Fruit and grain nose. This is nice. Soft fruit, spice. Lots of sweetness is nice. Tasty.
oRos (971) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Color is light gold with white head. Taste is belgium yeast with a slight fruit but needs more. Banana finish.