popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, City Beer Store. Very nice Belgian-style ale with an American twist. The beer pours a light yellow-gold with a big white head. The aroma is honeyed malt, sugar cane, earthy/spicy yeast notes and a floral/lemony/citric hop note. It’s not as hoppy as most Belgian IPAs, but it’s somewhere between that and a good, big tripel/light BSA. The taste is lightly and pleasantly sweet with gentle touches of hop bitterness around the edges. There’s even more of an herbaceous/floral angle in the taste. It’s easy to drink and sits much more lightly on the palate than the 9.5% abv would suggest. Having tried this from a tap, I’m quite pleased to have a bottle in my cellar.
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from South Bay Drug. Cork ejected with a bang. Pours dishwater gold with a 4 finger frothy/foamy off-white head. Smells like a tripel; kandi, yeast/spice. Medium body; frothy carb. There’s a strong spice/herb/hop flavor that is dominant. Or maybe that’s rye. It’s incredibly floral/herbal, and it’s even bitter. So lots of complex flavor. It’s strongly flavored. Finishes like a dry hopped tripel. Excellent.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, Lot 2699, best by 04/22/2012 and consumed November 2010. The body is a cloudy, glowing, medium orange-amber color. A billowing, spongy head of off-white froth settles very slowly and never fully fades, leaving sticky, jagged flares and ribbons of hard lacing behind. The nose is based in lightly sweet cereal malt, showing some candied citrus rind sweetness, lightly sugary dough, and bright-bitter spice. Coriander comes to mind, but it doesn’t get overwhelming, while hints of clove and white pepper lend further earthen spice. Hops are prominent for the style, very floral, peppery, and lemon driven, as distinctly Belgian yeast brings it’s signature fruity esters and bready dough. Flavors follow suit, very well balanced between the candied cereal and lemon peel malt notes, and the spicy, pithy, grassy-citrus hop notes. Dry spices cut through the maltiness and enhance the bitterness of the hops, especially on the drying, lively finish. There’s definitely a nod to farmhouse ale here, as the yeast profile resembles that of a strong golden saison. The palate, as mentioned, sports active carbonation and a spritzy consistency, while the relative heft of the body begs for slow, prolonged sipping. Overall, I found this to be a very successful meeting of Belgian and American styles. The influence of each brewery is clear....fruity Belgian yeast and candied malts provided by St. Feuillien, and peppery, citrus driven hops from Green Flash. Part Belgian style IPA, part saison, and perhPs even part hoppy tripel, I found this hybrid brew to be quite enjoyable.
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very slightly hazed golden blonde color with a large, long lasting, loosely formed white head. Constant streams of bubbles whirling throughout the brew. Aroma is Belgian spicy, white peppercorn, hint of coriander, and a grassy note. Flavors come together really well in this brew, unlike many Belgian IPA style beers. Might be the low co-humolone (sp?) of the Amarillo, who knows? Who cares, this tastes good! Flavor is up front honey accented malts, peppery spice middle, and a citrus hop finish reminiscent of warm pineapple. Note of hay as well. Refreshing for such a strong beer, the ABV is quite hidden. Great stuff!
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9,4 ounces, best before 22/04/12, purchased at Bangor Wine and Cheese on August 18 2010, savoured on October 30 2010; eye: straw, hazy, nice effervescence, nice sheet of white head, no lacing; nose: yeast, coriander, floral hops, perfumy, light spices, pepper, citrus; mouth: yeast, coriander, perfume, floral hops, light alcohol, pepper, citrus, clove, perfumy finale with presence of floral hops, medium body, good carbonation, lightly bitter, foamy texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, bouteille 915826, meilleure avant 22/04/12, achetée chez Bangor Wine and Cheese le 18 août 2010, savourée le 30 octobre 2010; œil : paille, voilée, bonne effervescence, belle couverture de mousse blanche, pas de dentelle; nez : levure, coriandre, houblon floral, parfum, léger épices, poivre, citron; bouche : levure, coriandre, parfum, houblon floral, léger alcool, poivre, citron, clou de girofle, finale parfumée avec présence de houblon floral, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, légèrement amère, texture mousseuse; en résumé : bien bon
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Haxy blond with a big, frothy white head. Very floral coriander on the nose. some clove, and some orange from the hops. Starts sweet in the flavor and gets quite spicy and hoppy and well with a pronounced pepper component. Medium-full body with ample carbonation. Pretty spicy stuff. They definitely weren’t going for restraint here. Pretty cool I guess, but I might have to get used to the brash approach.
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours bright yellow and hazy. Nose is lemony, yeasty, citrusy, light hoppy. Taste is very fluffy, lemon/citrus, light hop, with the alcohol noticeable but not overpowering. Very effervescent and carbonated. Easy to drink. Delicious.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a 750 corked brown bottle this beer poured a very cloudy yellow-golden color with a huge foamy white head that lingered and produced incredible lacing. The aroma was tart citrus, bread, sugar and candied fruits. The flavor was tart and sour with notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, table sugar, bread, Sweettart candies and faint vague herbs. The finish was long and tart with lemon, pineapple, sugar and spice lingering. Moderately full bodied. The alcohol was well hidden. Excellent.
dwyerpg (4653) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not so much aroma. Tons of head. This is a great super-spicy trippel. The mouth is tingling from stop to finish. A bit of alcohol comes out at the end.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a hazy straw body with a tall white head. Aroma of banana, citrus, florals, pepper, herbs, and florals. Flavor of banana, herbs, Belgian yeast, citrus, and grass with a dry finish.