willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20111012 Bomber from Wine World. When I opened this I was in the mood for something strong, but now halfway through itís just getting to be a bit much. Really comes across as a hoppy tripel, and thatís okay and the way the EKG contrasts to the fruity yeast is pretty nice. As big sweet American versions of Belgian tripels go itís pretty decent, but still these sorts of beers are a big too sweet and boozy for me these days. Not pretty stuff, itís a fully clouded golden with about zero head. Aroma is very yeasty and with a mild vegetal note beneath tremendous bubblegum and some strong alcohol. Not one Iíd buy again, but not a waste, thatís for sure.
nimbleprop (3873) - 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 (1998) - 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 (7694) - 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 (383) - 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 (7307) - 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 Smuttynoseís Belgian-style efforts, but I have to say this is very enjoyable as a sipper.
Westchesterco (669) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a bottle and shared. It is an orange volored beer with a hint offal head. The aroma is citrus and malty. The taste is very bitter and strong. It has a metallic aftertaste.
Iphonephan (2231) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. Aroma of banana lacquer. Some fruity hop notes. Medium to heavy bodied, highly carbonated, moderately bitter finish.
drfabulous (3384) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Orange body. Yeasty aroma. Yeast, citrus, hoppy. Some spice. Pretty tasty.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Boozy, sweet, peppery and grassy hop notes. Boring, hard to drink, and not particularly tasty, though not bad.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by one of my co-workers. Poured a pretty clear, vibrant golden bronze color with a small, lasting, nice laced white head. Aroma was nice malts, notes of floral hops, citrus and lots of spice and yeast notes. Flavor had a nice Belgian yeast character with plenty of malts, sweetness and a nice citrus body with a touch of pine resin. Alcohol is totally hidden in this one, highly drinkable. Enjoyable.