rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Golden with small head. Strong grapefruit. Mild bitterness. Light Belgian elements.
GRM (3741) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass, 12 ounces, draught, trip to Dark Lord Day, savoured on April 24 2015; eye: light amber, clear, no effervescence, ring of off-white head, good lacing; nose: banana, light floral hops, slight resinous hops; mouth: banana, light floral hops, slight resinous hops, semi-dry finale is surprisingly bitter, mildly bitter, a bit thin; overall: fine
Verre, 12 onces, en fût, voyage pour Dark Lord Day, savourée le 24 avril 2015; œil : léger ambré, limpide, pas d’effervescence, anneau de mousse blanc cassé, bonne dentelle; nez : banane, léger houblon floral, très léger houblon résineux; bouche : banane, léger houblon floral, très léger houblon résineux, finale semi-sèche curieusement amère, moyennement amère, un peu mince; en résumé : bien
rubbishystuff (2312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At Mash. Lighter, more herbal, yeasty and grassier than a standard pale ale but with all the hops. Nice for summer. Serving: Tap
vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party - Pours hazy orange with an off-white head. The aroma has light toast, melon, tartness, wild bugginess and hints of wood. It has a medium / light body with light sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with minor toast, crackers and light spice. The finish has some bugs showing. Nice.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Beer Camp - Chicago. Pour is hazy orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of belgian yeast, cloves, banana peel, and slight citrus.
madvike (3202) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at GTMW 2014 - Pours amber with a bubbly white head. Nose is tropical fruit, yeast, and a little bitter. Taste is bitter, grassy, with tropical fruit, dusty yeast, and light breadiness. Medium-thin body, well-carbonated.
ARH (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, poured into a shaker. The mellow aromas of orange zest, spices (specifically coriander and clove) and a light tropical note come through on the nose. I pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a big dense white head that reduces down to a medium ring with a dusty surface and a medium-light, messy lace. The taste is a medium sweet and light bitter. The slick, medium-light bodied, zippy beer has a dry citrus flavor with a zesty, spicy finish. It’s dry,and clean with light spice, grapefruit, and resin aftertaste. It’s a touch astringent.
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at esbls.n clear and bubbly. A big iff white head. Honey and softvfruit in the nose. Honey flavor, too. Bitter citrus. West coast with a twist.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft on tap at the brewery (Geneva, I’ll). Pours a nice deeper amber hue, a bit darker with decent haziness. Frothy whitish head atop is a firmer layer, nice stick around and lacing overall. Aromas are a bit dry and hoppy, nice zippy Belgian yeast element, crisp bready malts. Florals meet jabs of generic citrus rind, grass and some herbal hop character. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body with some decent dry and bitter hops jabs. Florals and earth meet a touch of sweeter bready body into the middle. A touch carmelized, gentle citrus and florals meet a jab of citrus. A bit piney, earthy and bitter into the backend. That’s weeter middle is a touch firmer, some fruit and carmelized malt elements strike slowly. Nothing overdone but definitely there. Finish is a bit dry, prickly bitter hops are earthy with florals, gentle pine, a bit of almost minty cool bitterness, herbal with pine, a bit of powder. Nice. The sweeter middle throws me for a bit of a loop, some touches of fruit, mellow Belgian yeast as we press on. The hop character is dry, earthy and clean but lacking some character. It compliments the beer well though.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that has copper hues and supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up yeasty Belgian spices and various light skinned fruity esters that have a banana, apple and a sliver of green bell pepper like fruity hoppiness. The taste starts with nice hoppiness that’s even with hop flavor and hop bitterness that picks up herbal, grassy and vegetable like fruity notes (what?). It then gets into yeasty Belgian spices mixed with fruity notes. This is a nice hoppy brew where the hoppiness is more forward than the Belgian yeasty spice notes and that works for me.