FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Original review date 12/3/2008...
22 oz. into Duvel tulip...
Beautiful, ginger-colored, 2-finger head that’s very chewy and bready. Beautiful bonze/copper body with moderate carbonation and nice lacing. head has moderate staying power.
Awesome oily, floral hops...the dry-hopping yielded great results. Excellent grapefruit citrus tones backed by light-roasted malt backbone with good raw grain character. Light but full nose.
Straight-ahead citrus up front with lightly-stewed malt...a little light spice, too (ginger, cinnamon). Roast of various malts emerges with warmth. Not as forceful as on the nose but still extremely pleasant.
Definitely a citrus hop bomb with a creamy/oily malt backbone. A little biting but finish is full and bright...oily, oily, oily...
Methinks the excess citrus/rind bite precludes extreme drinkability but make no mistake...this is extremely well-done.
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Strong stewed apple and spiced caramel aroma. Flavor of toffee bread. More apple. Hot boozy finish. Full body, oily. Pretty sweet. Not my thing.
bth122 (1299) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Torpedo bottle. Day after Xmas. Poured a hazy Amber color. One finger talk head. Has fresh floral/citrus hop aroma. Some malt backbone, pine notes too. Medium bodied. Hoppy notes throughout. Pretty good.
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alobar (2882) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden orange with aroma of toasted malt, candy sugar, and pine. Toasted malt flavor with candy sugar sweetness and pine with hint of yeast Very nice.
BeardedMeat (8) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was expecting something Christmasy but it wasn't. Smooth with a little flavor. Nothing too exciting.
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Spab (2577) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Niagara Falls Wegmans. Pours a clear orange/amber with modest-sized white head. Aroma is toasty grains, piney/citrusy hops, candy sugar and a little floral character. Flavour is quite sweet with lots of candy sugar, grapefruity and resiny hops, even some flowers, as well as an underlying toasty character. Lighter carbonation. Average plus body. Quite nice.
mminion (1) - - DEC 18, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop forward beer, mild hop aroma. Deep amber color, slightly cloudy. Was expecting something sweet and spiced, nice surprise.
njnut (277) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured into tulip glass an orange Amber with almost no head just some bubbles on glass edge that stayed In Place as you poured. Aroma was pine, carmel malts. Taste was the same with a bitter pine finish that lasted. Nicely done.
c_lee_burton (119) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Sweet pine smell. Nice reddish amber pour with a sustained off white head. More hops than expected. Also some malt, resin, pine, and flowery taste. Creamy and boozy palate.
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice stuff. A decent amount of hops and a very crisp finish. Golden blonde finish. Very nice for the style. Average carbonation. Tap at Black Squirrel.
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear rust orange with light brown head. A nice pine, citrus, and grains. A sweet citrus, fruit, pine, hop, and grain taste. Aftwrtaste starts with light bitter hops and grains but not overpowering.