Cakes (349) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle – From the “Beers of Summer" variety pack.
A taste of Lemon Zest!
Poured an orangish color with a nice head. The aroma was sweet malts and a yeast. The flavor was very sweet malts, hint of yeast, and a lemon citrus rush.
The lemon permeates this white ale.
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Lacks the assertiveness and character of a true trappist. Weak and watery, though the appearance is decent.
tbopslt (332) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a pint glass from a sampler pack. Pours a pale red color. Little head, no lacing. Faint aroma of sweetness and malt. Taste is also sweet and malty. Nothing special. Medium body, smooth finish. Pretty drinkable for a Belgian Ale but nothing to write home about.
chinchill (1367) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. A bit annoyed at the outset that Saranac simply describes this as a "Belgian style ale" on the label (although there’s a more information in the fine print on the neck label) -- Belgian ales are so varied that this is virtually useless. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a short-lived off-white head. Vestiges of the head remain for a while and some thin lacing is left on the glass. Medium-light body with near medium carbonation. A little watery.
The aroma is fruity, bready and appealing, but too faint.
The flavor is fruity, bready and spicy, with what I would describe as a Belgian style spice component. It has a slight earthiness and yeastiness yet is quite drinkable.
O: a decent and economical departure from your typical American beer, but a not a strong rendition of a "Belgian ale"
weihenweizen (1507) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Refrigerated bottle poured into a trappist glass. Pours transparent amber with finger off-white head that lingers. Good lacing, medium body, well carbonated, and caramel malt aroma. Taste is caramel malt, spicy yeast, some bread, and hint of candy sugar. Just get a Leffe Blonde.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Way too light to be an authentic Belgian Ale. Can taste the sugar notes but not much else.
dredmond (173) - Long Island, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium color, modest carbonation, light bitterness, good feel on palette with "Christmas tree" aftertaste
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a tulip.
4.0 A: Amber color. Decent head with average retention and plenty of lacing.
3.5 S: Spicy, almost like a mix of pepper and cloves. Sweet malts and a touch of wheatiness. Not really much hop character.
3.5 T: This is my first Belgian pale ale, so I don’t have much to compare it too. Tastes like a tripel blended with an American pale ale. A lot of malt character and somewhat sweet. No clove, but pepper is there. A bit of light fruit. Hoppy finish which brings balance.
3.5 M: Smooth, good carbonation. Medium body. Nothing special, but not lacking.
4.0 D: This is one of Saranac’s better beers, though it’s still nothing special.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-07-2009 05:14:03
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber, with a rich aroma, malt and dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and full. Plum and black cherry notes. Good balance. Not overpowered by alcohol flavor like a lot of Belgian Ales. Good.
MiP (13046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Weak caramelly aroma, some unrefined sugar. Seemingly clear dark amber colour. Very small white head. The flavour is yeasty, slightly Belgian, spicy. The malt base tastes more like lager, perhaps a bit fruity, but much cleaner than a real Belgian.