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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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2004 Hops in the City festival beer. Fruity, spicy, aromas and flavors contribute to the complexity of this Belgian ale. Medium body and effervescence contribute to a light, dry impression, despite its substantial strength and sweet, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2012
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: Iím 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 doesnít have much going on but the yeast quickly comes in and makes itís 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 itís 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, Iím not sure why the low ratings but Iím enjoying this very much so. Thereís a good amount going on in this that keeps me interested and nothing is immensely overpowering the next. I like this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Peppermint-like, spicy hops garnish this Belgian-style Strong Aleís 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. Iíd much rather have a 5% brew with a similar flavor profile.
-The hoppy finish is also redolent of peppermint.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (1855) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2012
750 ml bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of yeast, sweet fruit and spices. Taste is banana, spice and the yeast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3738) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Aroma is yeast/spicy and fruit. The flavor is yeast, bananas, spicy and a good malt backbone. Very good BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2408) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2011
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 wasnít feeling this one too much because of the overly grainy flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (859) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2330) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
750ml bottle from Pickís poured into my Chimay Trappist glass. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Aroma of caramel, fruit and sugar. Taste is medium sweet. Taste of Belgian sugar, caramel, alcohol and fermented fruit. Medium bodied with a thick and sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long sweet finish. Overall, pretty good. Something I would share with a friend next time though. A little too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
seymour (1384) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Tasted on-tap 9/17/2011 at the Hop in the City Festival in a clean half-pint taster glass. True-to-style, well-done, but otherwise unremarkable. Milder than most examples, which isnít necessarily a bad thing. Surprisingly drinkable for 9% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1764) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
On tap, Schlafly Tap Room. Hazy orange with a small bright-white head. Aroma of moderate toffee, nutmeg, and bittersweet orange peel. Flavors of white pepper, candi sugar, toffee, graham crackers and mild alcohol. Sticky, moderately full texture.

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