BeerandBlues2 (10833) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours hazy amber with a small frothy white mostly diminishing head, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, cereal), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of alcohol, banana, butter and coriander. Full bodied, creamy texture, flat carbonation and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; salty.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in a goblet at RB Chicago. Poured a medium dull golden/orange with not much more than a film of beige head. Nose was quite sweet, with bananas, light fruits, and some clove spiciness. Rather seductive flavor profile, just barely keeping the sweetness shy of cloying level... bananas and other light fruits on top, with a little bubblegum and a solid alcohol presence. Medium-bodied, leaving a lot of residual sweetness and cloves at the finish. Very nice brew that really packed a punch.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: Tasty and sharp Belgian Strong Ale.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden body with a long-lasting off-white head.
In long: Quite a bit of honey flavour in this beer. Full sticky body. Carbonation was appropriately a bit more lively carbonation than most of their other beers. Lots of dry and citric hops in the finish. Some orange peels. Light acidity. Overall pretty sharp and almost aggressive. Probably the best beer I had at this brewpub. Nothing great but it made me glad I visited the pub, it wasn’t the first time I hit Rock Bottom, the first time was when my girlfriend dumped me, I lost my job and I was doing little tricks in a dark alley to get some food.
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber pour. Small white head. Nose is candyish and spicy. Sweet but peppery. The spice ends up dominating, however. Taste is sweet malts, cake, candy sugar, spices, orange peel, yeast and an almost gingerbread man like flavor. Very Christmasy. Body is thick and full. Sticky with low carbonation. Finishes with more spices, candyish notes, and yeast notes. Little too spicy for my personal preferences but still a decent Christmas beer.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 A striking looking drink in its goblet, golden orange with a lofty, creamy head. The aroma is quite sweet, very fruity - orange, banana, cherry - with spices and alcohol. The fruits are there in the taste, along with cloves and a peppery spiciness. And alcohol. This finishes on a sticky, swweet alcoholic note. A friendly, warming Belgian strong ale.
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Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bubblegum, light vinegar and fruit aroma. Oaky gold. Clear. medium sweet, boozy, woody, lots of yeast character. Medium light body. Edgy alcohol finish. Warming.
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap. poured a golden yellow with almost no head. nose wasn’t much but some cloves, mint, tons of belgian candy sugar, and soft hints of caramel. flavor is really sweet but subtle hints of caramel, cloves, and orange and other fruits round it out. still pretty boozy and sticky.
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chicago RB. Aroma was a good combination of cloves, banana, and bubblegum. Pretty good flavor, but maybe the alcohol could have been hidden better.
NachlamSie (2997) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught during my Dark Lord expedition. Pours a bright orange/red with a quaint head. This is surprisingly see-through for the style. The nose is hearty and sweet with loads of yeasty notes. Very sweet smelling, but not too bad with notes of banana and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium heavy and the first thing I notice when taking a sip is that this is much more sugary than the aroma would let on. Cloves abound in the flavor with notes of rye and a light floral touch and a finish akin to bread pudding. As I reach the bottom of the goblet, the sweetness becomes heavy and overbearing. This would be much more enjoyable to me if the rock candy flavor were toned down a notch. I’d also say the pint-sized serving is a bit much for something this sweet.
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Draft This was listed here as a Stong Belgian Ale, which it does taste closer to than the tripel the rating for San Jose described. A nice reddish brown under a thin head with very little lace. A spicy note is very noticeable, though the exact spice is hard to tell. At least some orange peel and coriander, but I do Not notice any banana. Nice honey taste to it, too. The server said he thought it was too strong for him, but I only felt a slight alcohol warming. A slightly cloying, but pleasant stickiness left behind. I wonder if each brewmaster is using their own recipe.
Additional note:Re-tasted on Feb. 19, and got more of the 'nana taste.