commonshawn (1003) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap in tulip at Lyon’s 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 (1002) - 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 Lyon’s 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 it’s about as far from Belgium as possible. Alcohol is present. Some malty sweet. No real bitter or floral hops at all. While it’s not the best beer out there, if you’re in Iowa (or Mpls) probably worth a try.
edgallow (3477) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of yeast, grass and citrus. Taste is a little spice, banana, grain and citrus.
douglas88 (8109) - 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 (1486) - 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. It’s 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 (1806) - 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 (6275) - 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 (1512) - 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.
jcnielsen (3095) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with nice white head. Hay, yeast, light citrus and clove aromas. Bready, yeasty, citrusy lemon, spicy, and slight alcohol flavors. Honestly, when I picked this beer up, I was thinking that it was a golden/blonde ale, so I was a little surprised when it came up as a belgian strong ale.6/4/6/4/13. Re-rated at randomgarbage’s wedding.