Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery in Portsmouth, NH. Pours a lightly clouded, mostly clear orange-copper colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast with some clove spice and phenols, a lightly sweetened wheat malt, a touch of banana, and a hint of pepper. Flavor is similar. Thinner Belgian yeast flavors with clove spice and phenols, a light banana, and a touch of pepper. Watery feeling wheats before this finishes slightly dry, smooth, and clean with a light yeast spice and hint of hopping. Medium length aftertaste following a thinner body and a medium-light carbonation. Overall, this is basically exactly what they were going for; a sessionable Belgian Ale. Thinner malts, but smooth and clean with some decent Belgian yeast notes. Not bad, just not very exciting.
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap ateureka redhook. Clear yellow pour. Belgian spicy aroma. Subtle hints of clove. Quite nice.
BillKismet (3769) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full amber body, thin head. Crisp Belgian Pilsen malt notes, perhaps some wheat and a prick of frisky phenols. Easy phenolic flavors, most prominently, clove. Somewhat dryish finish and with some notable spice to it. Indeed a highly sessionable Belgified complement to their famously drinkable ESB.