CanIHave4Beers (2495) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This just showed up at the supermarket in my neighborhood... Really Fleur Drive Hy-Vee? A Belgian beer Iíve never heard of the name of which has something to do with washing a pig? You folks may still have some surprises in store for me yet!
Pours a pale golden color with a big tight fluffy white head, a very thick head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is both pleasant and unexciting, some yeasty bread dough character is dominant with some mild alcohol and spice.
The flavor is good, spicy & only mildly sweet. Some nice honey character is displayed well, the spicy alcohol notes are very complimentary to the all around character of the beer and while the beer does have a fairly bold flavor the alcohol character never really becomes "hot" or "boozy". As the beer warms floral and pear character comes through along with a tad more sweetness.
I think the beerís mouthfeel certainly hints at itís alcoholic strength. The beer does not carry overly heavy on the palate, but itís far from light or "easy" as it were. The Alcohol provides a bit of sharpness, but the finish is smooth & not sharp, lingering, or alcoholic at all.
Perfectly enjoyable beer, Iím not sure Iím going to be drinking a whole lot of it at $9 for a 750ml, but I have no troubles with the amount I spent trying it this first time.
zacgillbanks (957) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle a gift from Mam and Dadís holiday in Belgium. Pale golden in colour with sugary sweet and malty flavours, toffee, candy sugar and a warming, powerful alcoholic finish.
Tycho52 (63) - California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the tap in a tulip. Poured clear yellow color with an frothy white head that lasted well with good lacing. Moderate citrus, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Flavor was middle of the road with a sweet finish. Not bad, but definitely not an all-star.
GrainBeltMan (24) - California, USA - APR 4, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a wonderful Belgian which I just discovered when--for the first time--I stopped in at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA--in the San Diego boondocks.
It is similar in some ways to Duvel, but is a tad sweeter with a really nice green apple flavor. Very refreshing with some hop bitterness at first, it goes down smooth. SUPERB...
Iím mystified that it doesnít get uniformly spectacular ratings!
gowdy (510) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home. caramel, roasty, pale, clear, light sweetness, light body, creamy, lively.
beernovice39 (2778) - Montana, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a lightly cloudy golden with a thin white head. Scent of fruit and yeast. Taste is sweet with spices.ish, but still quite OK.
BelgianBeerGal (2605) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle at Dayton Ale Feast. This was really pretty nice overall. A fairly true-to-form, classic Belgian strong ale. Nice fruity, maltiness with a hint of alcohol and spice. Pleasant.
Ernest (5623) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers), with notes of candied pineapple and gum, light note of soap.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Very mild in every way...floral-fruity nose is pleasant but doesnít offer much, flavor balance is simple-sweet but non-fatiguing thanks to the watery texture and medium viscosity. Drinks much more like a 6% beer. Forgettable, but not bad.
drowland (4992) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/17/12. 750mL bottle. Almost clear golden pour with a small off-white head. Fruity, estery aroma with touches of lemon peel, melons, yeast, and a touch of sourness. Bright, citrusy flavor with lemon peel, yeast, esters, sweet pale malts, and more. Not bad.
BrewBoxer (1232) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. light tan sand color..foam lasts. taste is sweet and smoothe. drinkable and decent