Slipstream (2076) - USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Weird, trippy label that looks like an album cover. Nice orange pour, but not much head for a Belglian - didnít need my goblet for this. The bright, lightly savory, citrus aroma is very pleasant. The hoppy flavor is a tad dull somehow - it is not bad, but it is more like an American PA or IPA than a good abbey ale. Homunculus lacks Belgian spice and fruit flavors. Good, but SN can do better.
Tiberious_416 (18) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall a good representation of the style. The 9% ABV is well hidden but can easily creep up on you if you enjoy this one a little too fast. Iíll most likely secure a 2nd bottle and see how well it ages.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a cloudy amber orange with a small frothy off white head. Nice lacing. The nose has notes of Belgian yeast, florals, candy sugar. Heavy and thick. The flavor follows suit. Rich and thick on the tongue. Lots of sugar, yeast, florals, and did I mention more sugar? A little thick and cloying. A little more attenuation would have done this brew a world of good. The base flavor is solid.
KornDogg (537) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap, The Fridge, Lancaster PA. Aroma of candied cloves and yeast. Golden body with thin lasting head, nice lacing. Flavor begins citrusy followed by sweet fruity yeast and hops, bitter finish - aftertaste. Well balanced. A tasty treat.
fidelis83 (2005) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy gold with a 1 finger, off white head. Aroma is sharply spicy, citrus, and floral hops, stone fruit esters - pretty strong, a touch of cereal and raw yeast, maybe a touch of funkiness in a non-Brett Belgian way. Flavor is spice, citrus, heavily yeasty bread, cereal grain, under ripe orange, boozy alcohols, stone fruit, (again, fairly strong, which I tend to like), floral and spicy hops and a mix of bitter hops, raw yeast, spicy hops and stone fruit to finish. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, oily on entry, dry, chalky and slick on finish. Pretty good beer overall, and if I read this review up until this point I would thin that I would love this beer, but it really never quite takes off, too much of a raw yeast, alcohol and sharp spiciness over the already sharp hop notes.
Aurelius (4376) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, candied tripel/wit aroma, with a little earthiness and very slight diacetyl. Almost clear, if not clear (itís hard to tell when the goblet frosts up,) with a wispy, filmy foam. Whoo - bitter, woody, cidery and a certain homebrew acidity. Sweet at times, but itís overwhelmed by the alcohol which roils into vapor in the high palate. Crisp apple peel on the lips. Relatively short woody finish, considering the bittering, and the aftertaste gets a little salty. Market Square Likkas, Timberlane.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 oz. bottle (2011) from Bootleggers) Pours hazy apricot with three fingers of off-white head. Aroma of spice, caramel, yeast, fruit. Mouthfeel smooth, medium-full. Flavor is sweet with a good slug of bitterness overlaying. Hoppy. Some peppery-spiciness and light caramel. Finishes with a lively bitter pinch and alcohol heat. I believe Iíve now had all the Smuttynose big beers - Really Old Brown Dog probably my favorite with Wheat Wine at #2.
Trev (1962) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium gold with white foamy head.
aroma is fruity and candy like belgian yeastiness. pale malt, hint of sweet alc. Flavour is grainy, earthy yeastiness, musty straw.
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 donít 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 (834) - 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.