kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy light orange, fine white head, thick drippy lace,
light sweet orange aroma,
lots of sweet orange flavor balanced with bitter orange zest, lots of spices appear in the scond wave, bitter orange becomes the dominant flavor,
surprise of the day to find a wit with this much flavor and character
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Rocky River: Pours a clear gold with a creamy white head (probably on nitro). Aroma, oranges, spices, fruity and sweet. Flavor, smooth with some orange, wheats, bready notes, sweet juicy spice to it, a dry finish. Reminded me of a lighter, sweeter Batch 8000. Quite good I thought.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice. Slightly hazy light gold/amber with a lasting froth and nice lacing. Spicey (pepperry and coriander and cloves) with some orange-citrus - smells fresh and appealing. Becomes hoppier than expected through the sweet yeast and malt, but it’s a nice balance. Lingers nicely, leaving behind more orange and coriander. Enjoyable.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: Hazy deep amberish, white lasting head; laces well. Peppery clove aroma, banana esters, and a light plum fruitiness, lightly malty. Flavor is malty & well balanced w/ a bready malt, spicy clove & peppery yeast, light alcohol fruitiness. Lacks a little complexity for a Belgian strong; Aftertaste is hop flavored & peppery yeast. Fuller bodied, med. high carbonation, smooth m/f, alcohohl well hidden. Menu says 5.8% ABV, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion it’s a little higher, but well hidden. Lacks complexity & depth for a Belg.strong. Seems to me like a Hefe w/o the crispness/tartness.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2005 Cloudy orange with a creamy white head. Nice lacing on the glass after it deflated. Aromas of sweet malt and a touch of clove. Light spice essence in there too, but it’s pretty well masked by the overall sweet tone in this one. Rich and full in your mouth. Notes of spice and yeast are there, but are just overwhelmed by the candi sugar blast. A bit too sweet for me, and not enough yeast. See Zeus Juice for a better example of a Matt Cole Belgian Strong ale. Update 3/12/05 Wow, this is so much better than the first batch. Lots of coriander and orange, almost like a double wit. well crafted La Chouffe clone.
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy and sandy head. There’s cotton candy and cloves in the aroma, but the actual spicing is reserved. It’s in there, but not heavily. It’s a lightly sweet, but not bad. It’s got that Belgian strong yeast character which is important.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This cloudy golden colored ale even looks thick in the glass. Lemony citrus at first, thick and sweet on the tongue and ends with a pleasant bitterness that lingers and becomes oaky. It got too thick and sweet as it warmed - not usually a problem with most brewpub beers. Well made, and delicious.