Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from Noel Cuveliers, Abele. Pale orange, lots of sticky white head. Aroma is very soft, and takes some doing to parse. Kind of a pleasant soap quality. A bit of lemon, some yeast and green banana. Flavor is initially a rather heavy-handed vanilla candy flavor, a bit cloying and artificial. After a few sips the aggressive carbonation helps move things toward balance, but overall, the flavors seems quite distracted. Warm melon in the finish and a bit of alcohol fumes.
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at KBF Poperinge. Pours a deep golden coloured beer with a nice white lasting head. Nice slight hoppyness but lacking. Aroma of sweet hops, and malts. Medium bodied and nice lace. Taste is spicy, nice bitterness, and hops.
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden colored pour, big white head. High hoppiness. Aroma of sweet hops and malts. Taste is a bit too spicy, nice bitterness, hops and an alcohol sense in the end. Medium bodied.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - OCT 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweetish, strong and simple blonde. Orange-gold with a nice enough head. Honeyish element to the flavor. Lacks depth. But on the bright side, we met the nun who posed for the picture on the coasters. She was in full habit at the Karakterbierfest in Poperinge. I asked her if she went to bed with a Trappist every night. Turns out she’s not really a nun at all, but a welder. Unfortunately, she didn’t know any welding jokes. However, she was nice enough to sit in our friend’s lap for a photo. A good story, but I would have traded that story for a more interesting beer.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Mes rate:
Bottle from Kris Wines. Sadly not even a patch on a certain other beer with Poperings on the label... Clear deep golden with a white head that settles quickly to a very thin film. Light hoppage in the aroma and that obvious sweet/sour/soy note that is characteristically Verhaeghe. Flavour is similar with some faint whiskey notes and light spice. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Not bad. Not great.
DruncanVeasey (6597) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at cafe Paix, Poperinge. Weakly headed dull gold pour. Vague grassiness, papery malt, rubber and alcohol. Grainy, sugary and unhoppily bitter. Smells faintly spicy. A half-decent lagery ale with all the character filtered out of it.
Jerre (2360) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, yesterday @ Streekbierenfestival Zwevegem. Clear golden color, big white head. Mutch hoppy. Aroma sweet hops, malts. Medium bodied. Taste is a bit spicy, nice bitterness, hops, little alcoholic touch.
Fin (6629) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Palace Hotel, Poperinge, West Flanders, Belgium, 26-06-07 Large white cushion of a head on this golden beer. Good hop and malts, quite tasty. Started as a bit of a joke apparently that got a bit out of hand which then forced them into producing a beer.
oberabcbbsok (688) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice new tasting ale of 7.7 %. A little alcohol taste with some bitterness. Tasted at BB beerfestival 2007 at Mechelen. My name is the 4 beer groups i am member of. Ober, from the christmas beer festival. ABC the antwerp beer college, the bb fot Beer Brothers and sok, the newest one Shuim Op ’t Kanaal
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep golden colour; small, fast disappearing head. Alcoholic, toasted, if it is parsley, I’d surely venture pan-fried parsley. Corn, cornflakes, toasted malts. Distinct, if discreet, sweetness, but pretty little else. Medium bodied at best. Toasted flavour, (maybe strengthened by the alcohol) the only one being obvious (where our German raters found those hops, is a mystery to me), keeps going on... Disconcertingly characterless beer for this brewery. What the hell was the point? A touch more alcohol?