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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Using a special yeast strain of Belgian origin, we sought to emulate one of the few hoppy Belgian Trappist ales. This delicious orange hued ale has a complex flavor derived from the yeast and Isle of Que vine dried hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Courtesy dsnowden. Thanks for sharing Dan!! Pours a cloudy, glowing orange with a medium, frothy, but quickly diminishing off white head. smells of spices, yeast, nutmeg, hops, orange citrus, and a little coriander too. The hops are more noticeable in the taste than in the nose. Definitely a pretty big spice character going on mixed with the citrus. the orange and the nutmeg seemed to be a good supporting cast for the hops. Iím glad this beer was hoppy because if it wasnt it would be quite boring and would resemble a Belgian tripel. The finish is pretty long, very yeasty, slightly bitter, and hoppy. The hops definitely leave theri mark here. Interesting beer. A treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Cloudy multi-shade deep orange pour, looks like it was drawn straight from the fermenter. The head is medium-sized, pretty white, slowly and never fully fading and leaving fat arcs of lace. Great looking beer. Bready yeast with citric overtones dominates the nose nearly completely. Notes of orange pith, noble hops, grass, earth, sweet lemon juice and pepper infiltrate the aromatic circle. The yeast doesnít seem to mesh well with the grassy hops, though it does have a very nice tripel-esque fruit/pepper/spice trio. For as little as I care for the aforementioned, it is quite lovely and sedated to a point of soothing, very easy to go back to and sniff away at. Alcohol is very well concealed. The flavor has loads of fresh cereal grains in that deftly balance out the sweetness. Hops explode late in each sip and provide steady and heavy, growing bitterness. Acidity is low to medium and keeps things lively. Very light tartness throughout. The mouthfeel is very thick but not the least bit cloying and barely approaches sticky. Carbonation is tickling underneath a massive malty body. Hops are excellent and plentiful. The finish is mellow and lightly bitter. Notes of bread yeast linger. Alcohol doesnít warm too much, nice. Very good, though I donít think this is the result that Selins Grove necessarily had in mind when they crafted this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Very nicely done. Great balance of the yeasty, spicey belgian flavors and malt with just the right amount of dry hop. I was happy with my choice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Draft. Unfiltered orange/rust color, white foamy head. Dusty, earthy yeast nose, with a wonderful spiced dough scent - "rooty". Rich and sweet up front, turning quickly bitter and dry and starchy over the middle. Thick and vinuous, quite hoppy but not leafy or dank, more dry and bitter. Incredible yeast character reminds me of St Bernardus actually, with a dusty, earthy yogurt sourness to the yeast as well as some bark and dark spices. Like a Belgian IPA with a heavy ABT yeast. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (3265) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Growler, from Kramer17801 via ClarkkVV. Ok nose, sweet. Fruity, cherry, peach, banana. Bubblegum too. Hazy orangy brown color. Ok head that faded. Spiced sweet flavor. Like aroma with a sourdough thrown in. Lite body, watery mouthfeel, sweet finish. Seemed good, but itís another style I donít get into (for now)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2006
2006 Growler from Kramer17801 consumed over the course of 6 or 7 days, late February.
Served in my Nashoba valley wine glass, it appears a moderately bright orange and marigold, with some light, lemon-yellow hues and a deep tinge of brass. High amount of clarity (having allowed it to settle), but still unfiltered. Fairly vigorous pour produces a medium-sized off-white head, very surprising amount of retention, taking in to consideration that this is a brewpub draught beer from a growler. Eventually it fades to ring, leaving a sticky film behind on the glass.
The nose is intensely doughy. It reminds me of freshly prepared white bread dough and almost EXACTLY like preparing yeast for bread (dry bread yeast and honey mixed in water). Bits and pieces of spicy hops, and very large amounts of estery fruit notes. Peaches, heavy bananas, light nectarines and pears. As Kramer says, this is similar to Orval, though it is difficult to compare, having never had the pre-brett addition Orval. Probably a bit too much doughiness and raw yeast for me, in the end, but itís a wonderful and successful attempt.
Flavor is very spicy to begin with, with a lilacy/perfumey hoppiness, a zesty sourdough and spicy peach-nectarine flavor. Fine bubbled carbonation adds a certain spritziness to it that is pleasant on the palate, while light pilsner malt stickiness adds more soothing texture.
Of all the times I drank it, the oldest sample drunk from the last pour of the growler at about 7 days old was the most interesting. Poignant, spicy yeast and spicy hops, with delicate fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Had on tap at the brewpub, poured a hazy straw gold color. The flavor of this beer is good with yeast, orange, slight banana, some esters, and a dry hoppy flavor present. When I tasted this it reminded pf their trippel and it now makes sense if they used the same yeast. This is a good very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5910) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
On tap at brewpub. Slightly cloudy orange pour under a small head that settles to a thin film. Yeasty nose with lots of fruitiness and hops. Accents of tangerine, orange peel and wheat. Nice complex flavor, lots of yeastyness and fruit with a long dry hoppy finish. Pretty close to an Orval clone in my opinion. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, very fine bubbled carbonation gives a full mouthfeel. I was initially scared when they mentioned locally grown hops as I think that it can lead to a very mongrel hop profile, but the big malt and heavy yeast flavors covers up any shortcomings well. One of my favorites from these guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Tap at the brewpub. Hazy, dark golden, nice white head. Spicy hoppy fruity aroma. Malty (pale malts) hoppy fruity flavorsMalty hoppy finish. Peppery and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 Hmmm, one guess what beer they were shooting for. Unfortunately, they come nowhere near. I didn't like Orval that much the last time I had it, but I can tell it's way more complex than this beer. For one, it's the same yeast as used for their trippel, and the banana notes it produces somewhat overwhelm the soft round hop notes. The malt is good, and this beer is certainly very tasty and drinkable (hence the higher than average score), but an Orval clone it's not.

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