Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fresh bomber. The pour yields a very lightly hazy, dark golden-amber body with a moderate, frothy head of eggshell colored foam. The head collapses relatively quickly to a thin, patchy layer with a skinny ring at the edge. Hard splotches of lace mark the glass. Aromas suggest the Belgo-American hybrid that this brew truly is, showing notes of oddly tart, fruity, floral Belgian yeast, with sugary, doughy bread malts and sharp, slightly peppery, pithy lemon hops. Alcohol is entirely too prominent. A second deep whiff also reveals a dank, grassy sort of aged hoppiness that I don’t really care for. Flavors follow suit, based in copious amounts of pale malt and cereal grain. Hops range from pithy citrus to dank, skunky, old grass. Alcohol again permeates all. The palate is dense and substantive, laden with sugar despite the drying yeast and moderate carbonation. Boozy alcohol is far too hot. Houblon Chouffe clone? Not even close. Thise boozy, hoppy, Belgian IPA/hoppy Tripel of sorts is messy and disappointing.
TheHopster (792) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Intense aroma of spiced hops, rum and Belgian malt. Golden color with dissipating head. Flavor is concentrated and hop forward with Belgian spices. This may benefit from cellaring to mellow.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with friends. Poured into snifter glass. Dark amber color with a very thin head. Aroma is mostly Belgian yeast and slight fruit. Flavors aren’t really all that balanced as I felt the booziness of this beer sort of took away from the flavors.
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours out a cloudy yellow color with a white head on it. Smell is fruity and sweet with candy notes. A little bit of hop is noted as well, but not enough to make it an IPA. Taste is sweet and smooth; easy to drink with a slight alcohol burn. Not overly powerful, but very easy to drink. Good stuff
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber gold with a subsided head.
Aroma: Spicy fruity Belgian yeast, white wine, bubble gum, clove.
Taste: Starts off spicy and bitter. Metallic. Fairly dry malt. Alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation.
Overall: Needs time, it’s too hot. Bold flavors within a great recipe, look forward to trying this again.
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pretty clean amber gold with one finger of off white head. Nose shows lots of raw Belgian yeast, peppery, grassy, and zesty. Raw yeast and spicy/zesty hop character. Meh.
iggynelix (68) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Floral and hoppy on the nose with hints suggesting a Belgian sour note. Sparkling clear golden with almost no head. Slightly bitter owning to the hops but otherwise a solid and tasty Belgian Style Golden Ale.
jmohno (1063) - Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy ligt brownish gold color,not much head.Yeasty smell plus hops,sweet fruit good and bad yeast smell.Sweet malt with a delayed hop flavo/bittering, yeast taste good&bad.Not a big series beer i would choose again.
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy deep blonde color ale with a nice big foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian malt with some dry hops. Taste is unfortunately overwhelmed with sweet Belgian malt with some dry hops though somewhat hard to discern considering the sweetness level. Some fruity ester was discernable but again overshadowed by sweetness. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but too much sugar upfront in that one.
ChainGangGuy (4368) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned in: 2011.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep golden-orange body with a tallish, foaming, white head that flattens out in the time taken to settle into the nearest chair.
Smell: Sweet-scented, sugary nose with some hint of pepper-infused alcohol, white grapefruit juice, distilled florals, incisive pils malt, stone fruit, and a bit of banana, with a low, underlying funkiness there.
Taste: Sweetish, tangy taste of a full pilsner backbone. Generous portion of candi sugar. Lightly floral, very vaguely earthy and with a solid citric, grapefruit and bitter orange taste from the variety of hops used. Hint of funky Asian pear. Pinch of coarse ground black pepper. A few slices of banana, subsequently smashed. Sweeped under the rug of sugars is a hint of phenolics, though it is a bit more noticeable as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. A bit tongue-coating, like a drink of half-n-half.
Overall: Perhaps more sweeter and candyish than needed for a Belgian IPA. Instead of IPA meets Tripel, it’s a slightly-more-hoppy tripel. Maybe it’s just me. On a sidenote, I’m most letdown by the puerile, lowbrow label, especially when held against their previously more classier labels.