sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle Tampa xmas gathering.
pours orange/haze, white head.
aroma and flavor, nice hoppy citrus nose, noticeable Belgian yeast meshing rather well with the American style IPA. Good balance with the malt character.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Vermont Brewer’s Fest 2009. Bright zesty nose. Sweet lemon/orange citrus over a bright clove spiciness. A touch of grapefruit and a lingering nose of yeast and pale sweet malt. The flavour is a bit muted with less of the bright zestiness, but still a solid grapefruit/lemon citrusy character. Moderately hoppy but not as pungent as the nose suggested.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours deep gold with white head. The aroma is hoppy with grapefruit mixing with sweet malts and mild Belgian yeastiness. This is a nice hoppy citrus brew with Belgian yeast spices sort of as an undertone. By midway a solid hoppy goodness persists with the Belgian yeast notes only assisting and staying out of the way of the nice hoppy flavors.
gunnar (8031) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours light hazy caramel orange with a huge creamy beige head. Aroma of typical "Belgian yeasts", citrus and caramel. Taste is nice hoppy bitterness, pine and citrus all the way, a big surprise this beer, and a good one.
Sigmund (6762) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. Amber colour, big to moderate off-white head. Hoppy aroma and flavour (Columbus hops), the flavour also has spicy notes with hints of Belgian ale yeast, otherwise this is a fairly standard American IPA (which is not a bad thing).
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a generous sustained head. Smells of candied citrus, metallic, soapy, floral, some hay, some hints of pepper. Tastes resiny and funky with a citrussy kick and a dry finish. Enjoyable.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
In short: A buttery problematic ale that doesn’t feel IPA or even Belgian
How: On Cask at Flatbread, Burlington, VM
The look: Partly cloudy amber body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Nose is not very hoppy with some fruity and vegetable notes. Body is lifeless with a slimy body and an overly soft carbonation (even by cask standards). Taste is oily, extra ripe citrus, some butterscotch, wet leather, yeast, cooked vegetables, tropical fruits juice. Granted the Cask is probably not the right vehicle for a Belgian beer hopped like an American IPA. But this was a mess and I don’t want to try the bottle. I hope the bottled version is better because this cask had so many problems that even with two popsicle sticks, a paperclip and a stapler McGuyver could never fix it.
ben4321 (5784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 2/24/12
Aroma: The nose has some nice citrus/grapefruit, with some lemon, pine, Belgian yeast, and spice
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear dark orange color with a small bubbly white head and light lace
Flavor: Tastes less "bright" then the nose, rather yeasty, with some light sweetness, and medium bitterness
Palate: It’s body is fairly light for the style, it has a low carbonation, is quite smooth and highly drinkable
I thought that this one was going to be more exciting then it turned out to be. The nose made me think I was going to be drinking a beer with a bright grapefruit/citrus feel, but the beer I got had much less of that in the flavor. It was still present, but the flavor was yeastier then it was citrusy. It’s still a decent beer, but the expectations from the nose are not quite met.
thornecb (5545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into snifter. Off-white conglomerate head with excellent retention leaves spot lacing as it recedes to coat surface. Orange citrus and yeasty hay aromas. Dry with caramel and bread upfront turning to dough before a lasting pine and citrus finish.
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks jcwattsrugger for the share. Pours hazy brown-yellow with a white head. Nose is citrus, Belgian character, honey, and caramel. Flavor is similar with a lively, balanced carbonation, and bitterness combined with fruit. Nice combo and a pretty good Belgian IPA.