Porter4Me (9) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not normally a belgian fan but I loved this. Slightly sweet for an IPA but really well balanced. Citra hops sits gives it a wonderful citrus flavor. Hopefully I will pick up a growler for the weekend!
UXO (1127) - CANADA - JAN 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear pale amber with a thin ivory head, good retention and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: complex, candi sugar, dry-ish tripel-like tropical fruit and Belgian yeast, floral, earthy. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, light tart, light bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, lightly boozy and tart finish. (4/5)
Oh my… if this is indiscretion, I’m not sure why you’d want to be discreet. “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints,” indeed. Sweet, but not too much so, balanced with a lovely mild tartness and bitter, accented with floral and yeast. Layers of complexity continue to reveal as it warms, and make it difficult to accurately describe the bouquet. I was expecting (and bracing myself for) a barleywine-ish approach, but this is is a far more interesting prospect. (I can handle a good barleywine, but it’s not my favourite style, especially when it’s not done well.) The ABV is definitely present, but well integrated so that the overall experience is much milder than one might expect from double digits. Well worth looking for. (16/20)
jbarlow (6) - - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Often strong Belgian style ales are too sweet for my taste, but this fantastic entry adds reasonable bitterness - 48 IBU, making for a delightfully balanced entry.
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apricot and florals. Golden pour with good head and lacing. Sweet and sour finish. Good mix, easy drinking. My kind of blonde Belgian strong.
jsnicholas (456) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22oz ): Light golden with no real head. Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is sweet and somewhat fruity. Not much bitterness. Alcohol hits in the end, but easy drinking.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sublime. Surprisingly easy drinking considering the ABV. Belgian yeast. Some dark fruits. Sorta quad lite, with a hint of trippel.
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours out a hazy orangeish topped with a sand head. Nose is belg yeast spice candy sugar and some hops. Taste is more of the belg yeast spice banana clove and some sweetness.
MunBro (943) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very nice Belgian that stands out amoung others. Very sweet and earthy for a Belgian with nice floral notes, but it also has the expected yeastiness and layers of complexity. Delicous!
bcBelgianbrew (114) - , British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had several buddies over for beer and ribs. Sampled a number of brews throughout the evening. This immediately stood out, even after my palate was fatigued with rich food and beer. Outstanding floral character. To a man, from the neophyte beer drinker to more discerning palate, they enjoyed this beer at my table.
ACHops (1084) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours clear dark orange copper with thin lacy white head. Aroma is sweet earthy oaky malt with sweet Belgian yeast notes and a hint of dry hops. Taste is similar: malt is sweet although fairly mild given the abv here. Funky yeast notes mid-palate are quickly overwhelmed by dry earthy hops. Oaky, lightly sweet, dry, and ultimately clean on the finish. Interesting hybrid of a Belgian strong ale and IPA - sort of surprised this isn’t done more often, this is good.
AgentAle (1312) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is clove, saison-like yeastiness, lemon grass and light sweet malts. Taste is a fairly well balanced malt profile. Slight honey and dark fruits. Appearance is a clear orange with a pearl head that retains fairly poorly.