Leighton (7179) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Big, boozy, sweet, some lemon, dough, yeast, spice. Decent character in here, but it’s tough to drink more than a small sample of this beer. Too sweet.
adnielsen (6552) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared at Zwanze Day 2012 by arminjewell. Thanks! Pours a bit hazy golden appearance with a fairly white head. Fairly fruity, lemon, light banana, somewhat spicy yeasty aroma. Kind of chewy bready, somewhat boozy, straw, straw, somewhat fruity flavor. I really didn’t care much for this.
j12601 (5716) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazed and almost murky amber gold with a large white head. Floral notes, a good amount of musk and yeast. Medium bodied, fruity esters and a nice amount of sweetness. Long yeast on the finish, a touch of warming alcohol lingers for a while. Warm and toasty, sweet floral yeast.
BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my trusty Pipeworks snifter: Pours a clean golden hue (initially, the second pours was a tad cloudy) with a fizzy head and good lacework. The aroma is pils malts, spicy and moderately fruity hop esters, slightly chalky and minerally, with a hint of rye. I LIKE THE NOSE! Yippie!
The taste is quite balanced between the pale malt, spicy hops, light to moderate fruit undertones, and crisp hop bitterness. If a tad cleaner finish and perhaps a tad less dank I would give it a 10. Still I am nitpicking here, this is an American version (with dank and tropical undertones) of Duvel and I am a big fan! The mouth feel is sprite and prickly with a dusty and minerally finish. For 10% ABV this is a dangerously drinkable beer. Glad, I got more bottles to age and see what some cellaring does to this beer... if they last that long. Great Job, Beejay, Scott, and Gerrit! Just as good as the sample I got to try a few weeks ago. My second favorite Pipeworks beer after the NvsU.
jtclockwork (5219) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy apricot gold with a bone white head. Nose/taste of yeast, lemongrass, lemon zest, pink peppercorns, citrus, florals and light bready malt. Some alcohol soaked bread/citrus in finish. Medium body.
crossovert (4770) - 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 (4359) - 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 it’s size.
Strykzone (3866) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Hazy golden with a small white foam. A yeast and euro hop aroma. I taste the yeast and hops along with fruit. This could be a farmhouse. Not bad at all.
drewbeerme (3687) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy straw pale yellow with big foamy white head. Aroma has big pinnapple and coconut juice notes while a spicy phenolic yeast character peaks through along with vanilla. Flavors have a spicy vanilla and honey profile with pinnapple, honey dew, and guava while a smooth saaz hop adds some peppery quality. Soft mouthfeel, booze slightly warms and is well hidden. For me this could use more bittering hops as the sweet tropical fruit juice character becomes cloying at times. It does avoid the pitfalls a lot of American brewers make with this style so for that it’s a huge success as it is fun to drink and a fresh and welcomed take on a belgian strong golden.
NobleSquirrel (3336) - 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 Binny’s 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.