sic1314 (3199) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured milky orange with a small off white froth. Aroma of lactose, sour fruit. Medium body, flavour of liquorice, very bitter.
deanso (5164) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent white head. Hazy golden pour pour. Some fruitiness. A nice triple
annunz123 (853) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bread, orange peel, molasses, and raisins in the aroma. Bittersweet flavor, with citrus and spice. Lots of fruit bitterness and some alcohol in the finish. A little hoppier than a typical Belgian beer, almost a cross between a tripel and an ESB, but very tasty and very good.
jtclockwork (8173) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Bottle - at least a year old, maybe more. Pours orange with white head. Nose and taste of orange peel, Belgian yeast, white grape, pear, toasted bread and dry citrus peel. Medium body. Held up very well. Tasty beer.
fsbw21086 (331) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy hazy golden color - looks absolutely perfect. Taste is very strong super funk fruity with a soft mouthfeel. Hits of hops and burns of alcohol. Overall a funky one with tons of character. Almost too much character!
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nimbleprop (4756) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz pour at the Bier Baron DC. Pours a fizzy gold with some creamy, white head. Nose is nice, standard, some candy, some tropical fruit, some heavy citrus, pear, slightly phenolic. Flavor is similar, boozy, phenolic, mild pepper, pear, citrus, starfruit, soap. Boozy finish. Pretty solid.
SDalkoholic (2144) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SBL (SP): Created a thick fluffy pillow of foaming head while violent carbonated golden liquid rested below. I should also note that the beer had a thick hazy presence of sediment floating in equilibrium. Aroma is amazingly fragrant and appetizing with scents of perfectly ripened bananas, the kind that are yellow with minor blackened spots type of ripe. Also has smells of other such fruits and reminds me of a blended fruit smoothie but the boozy whiff of alcohol diminishes such memories of any smoothies that my nose knows. The drink taste very organic with bitter green hops with notes of an authentic Belgian yeast strain that delivers spiciness and fruitiness funk. ABV is heavy hitting and having its toll on my bloodstream. I can only imagine this stuff on tap, WOW!
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Crystal clear golden hued pour with a moderate sized white head. Light alcohol legs. Aromas are of estery Belgian yeast, pear, persimmon and bright apple with a slight musty not. A fruity and also slightly spicy hop profile. Mild phenol. A hint of bready malt. Flavors are of alcohol, dried fruits, apricot, mild acidity (~low 3.9 to high 3.8 pH wise), moderately dry finish. Firm bitterness with a lightly herbal hop profile. Fuller carbonation with a medium body.
DWestrick (419) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - decent Belgian IPA - not really my style but unique with solid characteristics,
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed cereals, floral hoppiness and doughy yeast take this Belgian-style Strong Ale into a finish managed by alcohol and herbal hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy beige.
-The mouthfeel is professional; perhaps sweeter than my personal liking in this type of beer.
-Hops also contribute a citrusy touch.
-Never was a fan of Smuttynose’s Belgian-style efforts, but I have to say this is very enjoyable as a sipper.