dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy amber color, no heas, somewhat lacy. nose of sweet malt, perhaps a trace of bubblegum, with an obvious hop presence. flavor is creamy malty with a nice citrusy and piney hop offset. medium bodied, long lasting bitter finish. you can detect just a trace of the 9% abv. sampled at rockfest 2010.
madmitch76 (16507) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
9th October 2008. GABF. This was displayed at 8.1% abv. Lovely name! Clear brown beer. Very dry palate. Sweet and a little fruity with a touch or rye like aromatics.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a goblet. Pours cloudy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of some hops, but malt sweetness, caramel, and the bubblegum aroma of the yeast dominate. Smooth flavor, fairly sweet. Does a good job of hiding the 9% ABV.
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
#200. On tap at RB- thanks Gail. 10 oz goblet. Wanted to try the barrel aged but they were out of it- darn. Caramel brown pour, aroma is spice, yeast, sweet malt. Nice flavor- didn’t pick up the hops as much as the other reviews, but enjoyed the spiciness and slight sweetness- wasn’t cloying in my opinion. Nice beer.
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goblet served on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Murky dark amber, brownish red with decent tannish head that sticks around and laces well. Aromas are a hoppy melange of grapefruit and flowers, sweet ans bitter mesh with caramel and toffee, some biscuit, a touch of raisin, belgian spicy yeast in mellow amounts and a touch of estery fruit. Initial is a bit of fruity belgian esters, a good citrusy and floral hopping. Toasty toffee and caramel malts, a touch of oatmeal sweetness. A faint raisin giddyup. Lighter bodied than expected, but still a good hop stick to palate. This is a nice stronger brew, well hopped and meshing well with the lighter Belgian yeast spice and generous citrusy hops.
tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On at Yorktown for the 09 seasonal tapping. I believe 8.1% abv for this version. Poured to a shaker, a very cloudy reddish brown,..almost yeasty turbidity. The head appeared light tan and modest, leaving some clingy ribbons of lacing. The aroma was a little yeast, spiciness, and a whiff of pine needles. The flavor exposed more with subtle alcohol, some malt sweetness, maybe a bit of caramel layered in, mid-fruit and citrus, and some strong hop bitterness. An interesting, complex brew that needs to settle to appreciate the full effect. Will sample again later.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at rockfest 09... dark caramel brown pour with a soapy off-white head... aroma of soft earthy floral hops but not too assertive. sweeter backdrop behind the upfront hops... flavors of earthy sweet hops with a balancing malt undertone. soft carbonation.
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Bottle at the Marriott Hotel, Denver 26/09/2009 (2008 Vintage)
Hop and fruity banana aroma. Golden coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness in a crisp malt finish.
6ROW (419) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
red to brown pour with a small tan head. aroma of fruit esters due the the trapist yeat strain. as others have said the 9% abv is well hidden.
deyholla (7266) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber with a gray head that laces slightly and dissipates to the edges. Aroma has strong grassy hops with a bit of resin and underlying bread and booze. Flavor has grass and pint up front with earthy sweet grains and a bit of booze.