timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyable but overall confused. The yeast, malt, and citrus hops interacted like strangers in a doctors waiting room - they were all there, but cared little about talking with one another and just wanted to get out.
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drfabulous (2949) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from West Lakeview. Orange pour. Yeasty bread like aroma. Bread in taste with pineapple and apricot. I guess thatís the yeast talking. Bit of must as well. Called "Belgian" but maybe just for yeast. Very unique take.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. The beer pours a dull golden color with a thick white head that nearly coats the glass. Aroma of pineapple and tropical fruit, fresh bread, some spicy rye and touches of belgian yeast. Flavor is rich, earthy, rye and fresh baked bread. Medium bodied. Certainly interesting. Finishes on an earthy shallot note.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange pour with a large white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste of alcohol followed by malt, yeast, and hops. Interesting beer.
Pawola22 (3103) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, Batch #19. Pours a cloudy, orange-golden colored body with an inch thick, dense and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fairly dry with a light rye spice mixing with a clean pilsner malt that has a touch of a bready sweetness to it. Fairly fruity with some pear, pineapple, and a light coconut note. A light yeasty pepper and a few tropical fruits coming through as well. Cool aroma. Flavor is more malt forward with a slightly sweet, bready pils malt up front. Still maintains a solid spiciness from the yeast and rye malts. A nice pear fruitiness with a slight honey note before a bit of a citrus and tropical fruit comes in. Herbal, earthy, and grassy hops kick it up at the end as well as some yeasty pepper before this finishes dry and moderately bitter with some fruit notes and a light bready pils malt sweetness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste with a light alcohol note following a medium body and a fairly lively carbonation that fits really well with this. Overall, a pretty cool Belgian Strong. Really cool aroma and a nice flavor with a bunch of things going on. Dry, spicy, and balanced from the slight malt sweetness as well as a solid carbonation. Good beer.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Binnyís Marcey. Really dig the label. Pours a hazy and glowing deep gold with a big frothy white head that sticks around. Nose is pretty citrusy, lots of orange peel in here. Some white pepper and sweetness as well. Biscuity malts and passion fruit? Pretty neat. On tasting, there are some higher alcohols. The hops all blend nicely with the herbal continental hops intermingling with the fruitier American varietals. Really dry finish, minimal warming. Just some sharper alcohol qualities. Nice body here with a good malt base that keeps it tight. Nice enough beer for sure.
pantanap (3153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle purchased at wlv... pours a mostly transparent although someone hazy pale caramel brown with an orange tinge while a firm yet fluffy white head rests on top... aroma has a pale belgian strong ale focus with sweat bready malt and a pilsner like grass bent. slight herbals essence with some additional notes of pear and underlying tropical fruit also flow throughout.... flavors are sweet and fairly malt driven, somewhat bready, with pear and dried fruit at first which then give way to a mild grassy bitterness that lingers for a slight duration. body is easy going for the majority and not too sticky or cloying given the abv. its strength eventually catches up with you in the long run. a little bit too sweet for my liking.
crossovert (4565) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 A very typical american belgian golden. The hops are nice but are the only thing really well done here. The mouthfeel is confusing. Had it again, this time on draft. ANd wow, a difference for me.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Printers Row (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer dulled amber hue, darker with a gentle haziness. Gorgeous darker dulled glow with frothy offwhite head that dies to a firm layer, sticks around and laces ok overall. Aromas are a good mellow spicy yeast, touches of dryness, straw and firm earthy hops. Dry as mellow fruity pear and apple give some sweetness, touches of dough, gentle pear elements grow as it warms into a more inviting sweetness of fruit, touch of honeycrisp with pear dominant factor. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, getting lighter as we get further in. Gentle grainy and cereal front, doughy with touches of dryness and fruity pear and apple elements coming in. Kiss of honey, as the middle offers some cleaness, yeasty spice and dryness. Bit of ABV related heat, with that telltale fruity element. Backend and finish gets a bit more dry, crisp and cereal, a bit grassy. Touch of lingering heat, yeast, and dryness kicks around the palate and lingers on. The dryness and lingering dryness at that gets me a bit, keeps me interested in a style I admittedly am not that fond of. Solid stronger Belgian Ale that keeps away from that cloying sweet feel that a lot of the American examples readily supply in their flavor profile. Good for what it is, balanced for itís size.
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from WLV Liquors. Pours a golden yellow with an off white head. Light aroma of pale malts, floral/spicy hops, hay and light tropical fruit. Smooth body. The pilsner malt is a tad on the sweet side as it peeks out from the prominent Saaz and Tettnanger hops. But really this is about the yeast. Some of those tropical fruits, pineapple especially, and floral/earthy spice from the yeast. I could drink a fair share of this. The 10% abv would eventually bowl me over though. The tropical fruits and noble hops are a great combination. Tasty stuff.