kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: December 19, 2008
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, fine off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet estery aroma with lots of spicy phenolics and hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of spicy hops, well integrated phenolics, light balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle courtesy of Shane poured into a pint glass.
This one pours a murky golden orange with a big, creamy off-white head that hangs around as a cap for the entire session leaving generous lacing.
Aroma is fairly spicy for a Belgian IPA. It’s got the Belgian yeast and some earthy hops but there is a generous helping of spices that tingle to nose as well.
The taste has a bit more hops than the aroma with a bit of citrus and floral up front before the sweetness of the Belgian yeast takes over. The finish is where the spices come back and leave a bit of a dry, peppery finish.
The mouthfeel is super creamy with good carbonation and slightly dry in the finish.
This is a great Belgian IPA and one with some unique spiciness that I’ve not seen much in the style. I really enjoyed this one.
KnutAlbert (5720) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Ginger Man, NYC.
Full fruity beer, apricots, oranges. Mutating into an IPA, the sweet oranges giving way to bitter grapefruit.
But it is not extreme, this is a very drinkable beer, with a creamy soft sweetness playing with the hops. Belgian yeast.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Beer Table. Pours dark amber with a healthy, creamy light tan head. Nose is candy sweet, resiny hops, a bit of spicy yeast. Taste is candy sugar and pale malt sweetness, a bit of zesty yeast spiciness, and a resiny, piny hop character that emerges about midway through and sits on top of the malty sweetness without dominating. Well balanced and drinkable, finish is dry and slightly resiny, with a bit of residual spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, a bit creamy, medium-full bodied. Well done and drinkable version of the style.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Stanton Publick House. Deep brown beer with a creamy tan head. Aroma is very spicy and zesty as well. Lemon/lime, clove, and rich spicy hops. A bit of resiny character. Noble zesty character over a soft pale malt sweetness. Lemony citrus, zesty herbal hops and a touch of orange flavour as well. Excellent palate, spicy yeast, sweet fresh hops and a lingering fresh herbal character. Great spicy flavour with excellent integration of hops and yeast. Lean spicy/minerally bitterness. An excellent interpretation of the style.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of spruce, caramel, cherry, coriander, and citrus. Flavor of spruce hoppiness, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a Bierkraft growler. Hazy amber/orange with a frothy cream colored head. Spottly lacing. Sweet cookie dough aroma with floral hop and dusty notes. Biscuity and honeyed malts with a Sixpoint dosage of grapefruity hops pushing back. Has a bit of a silty and grassy flavor underneath. Lively carbonation. Not a whole lot of complexity for a "Belgian," but still enjoyable.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Dark orange / caramel coloring with a pleasant head. Lots of grapefruit aroma and some pine. It lacked "belgian" character, but was still good. Mostly just seemed like an IPA.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spicy, grapefruit, herbal, pine-spruce hop character and gingery spiciness are all notable in the nose. Clear amber-copper coloured body is topped by a low but lasting, off white head that leaves a lasting cover. Strong spruce, pine and grapefruit hops overpower the underlying malts leaving a vague impression of sweetness but no interesting malt profile. Moderate finishing bitterness. Not a lot of yeast character apparent either. Medium light, dry body with lively carbonation that prickles the tongue. Sampled on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draught at Sunset Grill, 10/27/2005 with SuIIy. Looks the part, a foamy white head atop a chill-hazed tangerine-amber colored beer, with small bubbles and moderate retention and lacing. Aroma has a spicy, herbal and celery-like feel to it, with lemons and limes and light cookie dough in the background. Balanced and pleasant aroma. Flavor begins with hops bitterness and flavor, which is refreshing at first. The hops profile gets to be rather boring, however, and the Belgian yeast just dosent agree with me. Too muddled and sweetish. Havent really gotten in to any of their Belgian beers yet, though. Bitterness waxes as hops flavor wanes, creating more lemons/tangerines and a very dry, floral bitterness. Sweet cookie-like malt in the background does not add any interesting complexity. Mouthfeel is lively, with a bit of wateriness, and a medium body overall. No alcohol apparency.