CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RnH: tap: pours a clear dark amber. The nose is mild, less hoppy... however the taste of hops is much more strong. The intial tast is of bright fruits with a strong, bitter end. Medium to high carbonation.
kp (10884) - 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 (6267) - 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 (8622) - 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 (11971) - 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.