NeoHippie2 (627) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 Really not what I was expecting. My previous experiences with Grand Crus have led me to expect unfiltered, sweet yeasty malty goodness with spices. this was spicer but a bit harsh and low on the drinkability scale.You can definitely taste that 9% too.
TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée avec des amis. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée avec uune faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de coriandre avec une pointe sucrée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût sucré. (Rating #4261)
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A strong sweet spicy fruity blond ale. Low drinkability
How: Bottle 750ml shared at a Montreal tasting. Not sure about the age, probably around 4 to 8 months old
The look: Cloudy blond body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is very phenolic and rather spicy. Like smelling a wrapped spicy candy with the plastic packaging. Taste is salty crackers, white-pepper, sugary bananas, canned pineaples, spicy hard-candy, light plastic notes. Some kind of grassy hops trying to fight their way through this spicy sugariness. A bit of alcohol presence. This is really not my type of brew and I suspect my score would be even lower have I tried to drink a full bottle. My friends liked this beer more than I did but unfortunately this is just not my type of beer, and I wish my friends would understand that, I’ve even prepared an acceptance speech in case one day my friends accept me for who I am.
keanex (1132) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice, no freshness date.
A: Very slightly hazy amber body with small carbonation bubbles steadily rising to the creamy thick white head. This is a great looking beer!
S: I’m only smelling yeast presence. A slightly chalky and ripe banana aroma is prominent, mild cloves. This smells good, but a bit weak.
T: The intro doesn’t have much going on but the yeast quickly comes in and makes it’s presence known giving a slightly chalky flavor with lots of fruit of bananas and some strawberries transforming into a dry medicinal cherry finish with mildly warming spices lingering on my tongue after the sip. I am enjoying this, the yeast is highly showcased here and it’s doing a good job.
M: Very fizzy creamy body with mildly sharp carbonation here. This feels good going down.
O: This is a good beer, I’m not sure why the low ratings but I’m enjoying this very much so. There’s a good amount going on in this that keeps me interested and nothing is immensely overpowering the next. I like this!
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Peppermint-like, spicy hops garnish this Belgian-style Strong Ale’s simple flavor profile, as sparse prickling, wheat-like cereal foundations and mild rusticity whip up many agreeable sips.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy beige.
-Doughy yeast flavors are diversified by light banana esters.
-Drinkability is not high enough for such a simple brew. I’d much rather have a 5% brew with a similar flavor profile.
-The hoppy finish is also redolent of peppermint.
edgallow (1433) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of yeast, sweet fruit and spices. Taste is banana, spice and the yeast.
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wlajwl (3321) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is yeast/spicy and fruit. The flavor is yeast, bananas, spicy and a good malt backbone. Very good BSA.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a dark yellow to a light orange color with a small bone white head, maybe a finger thick. Nose is of of some belgian yeasts and a rather strong spice/herbal scent. Taste is similar to the nose, almost reminiscent of a triple more than anything else. Rather thin and smooth for a 9%, though not exactly full flavor either.
superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle dating. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. A mild gusher upon opening, and tons of carbonation is streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Some nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, bread, light tart graininess, and spicy yeast. Fairly nice and balanced aromas, tons of fruitiness. Taste of big lemon zest, pepper, coriander, spice, bread, tart grains, and yeasty tang. Lingering notes of pepper, spices, bread, light fruits, and tangy yeast on the finish for a bit. Seems a little off balanced upon tasting; a bit too grainy and spicy. Needed more fruitiness in the taste. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Nice drinkability but is still a sipper. Overall, a solid Belgian pale ale style. I wasn’t feeling this one too much because of the overly grainy flavor.
AndyReynolds (766) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to eric western. Aroma is a little sour, bready, wth notes of dark fruit, spices (corriander?), and some sour dough. Palate is a little chewy and dry. Flavor brings out a sweetness, bringing out some apple in the nose.