Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, this was good. Tons of hoppy flavor. Reminds me of a super over-hopped tripel.
legion242 (2186) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didn’t even realize what I was ordering when I did. It arrives at the table and reaks of being a hopbomb. BUt reaks in a good way, except I am not a hophead and am now dreading having to drink this monster. Here goes- WOW, incredibly well balanced. Again, I am not a hophead and this is really enjoyable. Gets ponderous towards the end and the hop burps suck, but good overall.
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(cask at draught house) opaque gold-yellow with ring of bubbles. Nose of Belgian Candi sugar, grapefruit and oranges. Taste of celery, bitterish citrus (orange zest, grapefruit esters), and banana bread with alcohol present. Finish Is medium thick, creamy and sweet with bittering notes rounding it out.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Quarry Hofbrau. Poured an inviting, deep honey/orange body with some off-white head that left sticky lacing. Aromas of oily lemon zest, citrusy hops and just a hint of malty sweetness. Flavors of bitter lemon/orange hops, some yeast, sweetness that’s both candi-ish and melon based. Mild citra/pine bitter finish. Active, soft carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. No alcohol in the nose or flavor. IMHO, a bit hoppier than necessary (overules the Belgian qualities). But, what the hell do I know?!?
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is sweet fruity hop. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth bitter hop and nice lingering bitter finish. Easy to drink, a good Belgian strong ale from Real Ale.
llcooldave (1081) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice citrus aroma. Cloudy orange in color with a citrusy hops flavor. Mild pleasing bitterness that’s not over powering. Overall I really like this, it’s easy drinking with some complexity. It also has a decent sweet bitter aftertaste that’s enjoyable. Good stuff!
bleeng (1521) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at the firkin fest at the Petrol Station in Houston. Hazy gold, beautiful fragrant fresh fruity hop nose. Taste comes off with very fresh hops, like a toned down dipa. Very smooth-milkshake smooth. I could not believe that this rolls in over 8%-the alcohol is very well hidden. Best beer of the 5 firkins tapped that night.
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at the brewery’s anniversary party in Blanco. I would never have guessed this was 8.5% ABV. A fruity, but hefty blonde. Golden orange color, slightly cloudy with moderate carbonation and a well-formed, but small white head. In my opinion, this tastes and smells predominantly of orange and other citrus (i.e. grapefruit) with other fruit to round it out. I do have to admit: for such an orange beer it is well crafted. The dry-hopped Simcoe adds a nice spiciness. It’s very easy and smooth and perfect for such a hot day. Real Ale must make their anniversary ales with the season in mind. Good thinking. Drinking a wee heavy in this weather probably isn’t as likely to happen.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston.
Pours an average cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is band-aid lemon hay. Flavor is peachy musk and sweat with a finish of orange juice and grapefruit. A touch of pineapple and bread poke in there as well. Fluffy and coating on the tongue. Flavor, on paper, sounds weird but it works. Very tasty and worth seeking out.