sebletitje (8116) - 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.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this during the Backwoods Brewdown up at Hill Farmstead. Pours a hazed orange with a thin white head. Fuzzy hops, citrus. Musk. Long papery musk. Dry and fuzzy, pretty good.
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - 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 (6918) - 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.
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 doesnít 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 donít 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.
Sigmund (5987) - 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).
ben4321 (5076) - 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: Itís 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. Itís still a decent beer, but the expectations from the nose are not quite met.
thornecb (5017) - 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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to SFLPunk for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a snifter.
Pours a somewhat-hazy light copper color. No head. A hard pour didnít really yield anything at all. A few swirls got a very thin collar, but that quickly faded too.
The nose brings some light caramel and bread notes plus some faint earthy hops. Light citrus and a moderate yeast presence. The hops stand out a bit more in the flavor, but are mostly muddled in with the Belgian yeast. Light spice and pepper plus a modest bitterness in the finish. Light body and good carbonation. Nothing other than the appearance is too flawed, but it doesnít quite come together and nothing is in this beerís showcase.