FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A soft pour into my Bruery tulip produces a four-finger thick (including a finger above the rim of the glass), pale, off white head. The beer is a rich gold color that shows a bright, brilliantly clear, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of balanced spices, hay like notes, citrus & tropical fruit, and a backing, pale grain character. A second, more focused, look at the nose yields a really juicy, tropical fruit laden, Amarillo hop character; floral peach, lychee, candied mango, and juicy fruit bubble gum aromatics seem to jump out of the glass. Spicy notes of musty white pepper, ginger, lemon zest, and perhaps some earthy spice notes (sort of coriander like, but cleaner) play a soft, accentuating, and supporting role in the nose.
Dry for a split second, then fruity hops and esters along with a pale malt character contribute a sweetness to this beer. Peach juice, apricot nectar, lychee, ripe guava, and bright kumquat are all brought out by the hop notes. The finish has a grassy, sort of herbal note, a slight peppery, green wood character, as well as spicy from esters and fairly smooth higher alcohols; this can even get a bit sterile / medicinal at times in the finish. The beer is fairly light bodied, but does have some viscosity, but much of this is scrubbed clean by the ample, effervescent carbonation that at times can even seem foamy.
Not a bad beer in the end. I definitely like that the hop character comes through so well and that the spices merely play a supporting role. Having said that the fermentation character can clash just a bit with the hops at times, but still, overall this is kept in check. Despite it getting a little sharp in the finish, this beer is dangerously quaffable for a beer of this strength.
MadIndian (2464) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Isaacs. I was really impressed with this brew. Nice notes of dough, rye, Belgian spice, hay and hop. Finish is very zesty and bready. Well done.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the End of History tasting. Aromas are zesty lemon, lemon grass, and biscuit. Pours pale with light lacing and good carb. Taste is dulled lemon zest, floral/lemon grass, and a hint of rye. Light and easy in the mouth with a warm malt feel but no detectable gravity. This is dangerously easy to gulp. Well done.
Jow (2322) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by myself at End of History tasting. Nose is yeast and lemon zest. tastes bright and peppery, of barnyard, lemongrass, and Belgian yeasts. nice carbonation. pleasant brew
jtclockwork (9068) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at end of history tasting. Pours yellow white head. Nose/taste of spice, lemon, lemongrass, Belgian yeast and peppercorn. Medium body.
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Yellow pour with white head. Spice, yeast and light hop aromas. Belgian yeast, touch of hops, some spice flavors.
glennmastrange (2342) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas of grain and hay for the malt, grass and lemon for the hops, musty basement for the yeast, with hints of spicy apple and pepper. Head is large fizzy/frothy, white with excellent crusty lacing and is fully lasting. Color is hazy light amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is light to medium, slick with a fizzy carbonation and finishes moderately alcoholic. When this Belgian Strong Ale starts off cold it’s light and refreshing, as it warms the complexity and gravity catches up. Very nice.
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Translucent golden pour with a large cap of white head. Aromas of wet grass, some barnyard and some sweet fruity esters. Taste is of Belgian yeast, residual sugars, grass, spices and hints of alcohol. Lemon zest and floral hop finish. Interesting for sure. Tasting notes from early 2012.
TXBadger (1622) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy straw yellow color with white head. Citrus, wheat, spice, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of spice.
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright hazy yellow with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is floral & peppery... it has bright citrusy notes & some earthiness akin to wet limestone. It’s a somewhat mild bouquet but a very nice one indeed.
The flavor is floral and citrusy, there is a touch of honey-like sweetness up front but form there is spicy and generally dry particularly in the finish. The beer has some light banana and some herbal bitterness.
Way way different than Friendship Beer a’la Green Flash!
Ferris (5237) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Fruity, with some grassy hops and a yeasty finish. Clear gold with a thin bubbly head. Lots of fruit esters, light grains and some spice. A big beer with a soft rounded velvety taste.