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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Deep golden hued, with subtle hints of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. Fruity, spicy, and warming with a complex but soft malt character. Editor’s Note: Limited edition summer seasonal for 2009 but pilot batches were available at fests and the brewpub prior to this release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Summer 2009 release, 22 oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Lynnwood, WA. Poured into a brandy snifter....it’s an orange amber color, with minimal head. Aroma: Coriander, spice, and vanilla. Flavor: Spice, orange peel, and bananas. Damn...it’s one great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5493) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours bright amber into a tulip. Bright white head slowly recedes leaving slight sheets. Coriander and alcohol aromas. Sweet cloves upfront turning to a strong vanilla alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 30, 2009
clear gold under a foamy head. mandarin, rubbing alcohol, and vanilla in aroma. rubbing alcohol, pear, orange, banana, hint of vanilla flavors. way too hot abv! burning palate and finish. great to see them swing for the fence but man...this is a bit rough around the edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
22oz bottle. Served in a Bells tulip. Golden colored with a slight orange tint and a one fingered head that dies down pretty quickly. Gentle aroma of vanilla sugar, slight biscuit, a touch of rosewater and subdued phenols. Taste is reserved with some subtle pear and honey. Big mouthfeel at first, ending with some nice carbonation, a lingering mild sweetness, alcohol warmth and lingering white pepper notes. The alcohol is pretty laid back, but hit me halfway through the second glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Pours a clear golden with a lingering white head. Aroma is of light fruits, honey, and malts. Flavor is of malts, sweet fruits, especially banana, light hops, caramel, and breadiness. Medium bodied and alcohol presence is hidden pretty well. Decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 26, 2009
A decent spice aroma. Flavor is fairly spicy not too light. Good stuff. Zestiness is the prevalent characteristic, but it is overall just okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2009
6/23/09 from 22oz bottle. Aroma is classic clovey character with lots of holiday spice and citrus tang that has a slight blood-orange quality. Appearance is like perfectly clear honey with a medium maintained white head and classic belgian lace. Flavor has a very complex carryover of phenols that adds a unique earthy and spicy character that carries from the inital taste into the appropriately low noble bittering and faintly lingers in the finish. On first sip, it presents itself as an overhopped Americanized Beligin, the second just makes you realize the yeast strain has a balance of strengths that amps up throughout the palate. The malt sweetness is balanced, with a touch of caramel, a touch of breadiness, a touch of candy, and never overwhelmed by one over the other. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a sharp, spicy carb texture that stays into the coating finish and warms ever so subtley. Overall, a big brew that shows you how a well utilized yeast can bring out the best of malt and hops (even in a Belgian), rather than merely highlighting it’s own phenolic prowess.
Earlier Rating: 5/8/2008 Total Score: 3.8
5/8/08 From the Fermentor. Aroma is spicy clove phenol forward with a hard to place mix of fruit dominated by banana; candilike with strong yeast character. Appearace is a hazy yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Flavor is more of the interesting fruitiness blended with malt and no bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm and spritzy. Overall, a cool little brew that is easier drinking than most trippels and excellent phenolics.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Smells a bit like Band-Aids (as Belgians often do). Tastes sweet and thick and banana-y. Doesn’t taste like a 10% ABV but certainly kicks like one. Fairly solid but slightly bland. Kind of right in Red Hook’s wheelhouse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2009
22 oz bottle served in tulip- poured a brazen orange with red hue, solid 1 finger head formed and shared some stories with me. Low carbonation, aroma of malt, candi sugar, and notes of dark fruit, vanilla, and raw strength. Hits the mouth with a low- medium body, malt is not like it would be for this style, but still great, the liquid transcents your senses and becomes notes of pure liquid goodness, finish is solid and lingers after a steak dinner (trust me, been there, done that). I know that Redhook has a partnership with ABBev (insert nipple twisting gasp here), but, for this brew, they merely put their head down, swinged for the fences, and hit part of the ball. SOLID BREW. And at the price point ($10 for a single 22oz.), I just may have to get another. Or 2. Or 20.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bomber, from capones. Shared with Kyrsten, Mal, Cyn, and Naomi. Pours orange with a bright white head. Nose is sweet with a touch of spice. Taste is sweet with some vanilla and clove, much better than I had expected.

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