superspak (2696) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/12/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance and fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/dry mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming well after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
greenclansman (826) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - OCT 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong, sweet, dark...dark fruits, candy, raisins. Not my style of beer but a well made one.
Darkmagus82 (1735) - - OCT 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-7-14-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger billowy white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave some great levels of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a sweet biscuit malt smell being a mix of toasted Belgian malt smells mixed with some sweeter caramel and bubblegum like aromas. Along with these aromas are some other fruitier notes of a lighter fruit variety. Apple, pear, apricot and citrus are all there and are joined by a bit of a banana smell brought along by a yeasty smell. Along with these aromas are some very light alcohol/boozy smells and a little bit of coriander and clove.
Taste – The taste begins with somewhat fruity and biscuity taste. The fruit is a mix of apricot, pear, grape and banana which overall bring a moderate level of sweetness to the brew. The fruity flavors remain throughout the taste, but the sweetness associated with them seems to lessen as the biscuit takes on a slightly grainier flavor and some more bitter lemon and a bit of grassy and hay come to the tongue. Toward the end however, the sweeter flavors seem to kick back in with a bit of a honey and caramel coming to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors, so too comes some spice of clove and coriander, and with a little bit of a alcohol taste, the brew ends up leaving a somewhat warming and grainier biscuity fruited flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is average as well. Overall the body and carbonation are rather decent for the brew’s style, although a slightly higher carbonation may have been a bit better for the slightly grainy biscuit and lighter fruit flavors of the brew.
Overall – An alright Belgian Strong Pale ale, but at almost $8.50 for the smallish (16 oz?) ceramic gasket resalable bottle (which is pretty cool) it is rather overpriced. A good one to try, but not worth going back to again, as there are better (and far less pricy) Belgian strong pale’s out there.
teromous (70) - - SEP 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Slightly hazy orange body with a thick fluffy white head. Not much lacing.
Aroma: Light spicy aroma. Pretty weak.
Taste: Light caramel with a hint of spice. A bit of a candy-like sweetness. No perceivable bitterness up front.
Palate: Light, very effervescent, and dry. High carbonation. It really works well for this beer.
Overall: It was a very enjoyable beer. Light, fluffy, a bit sweet but not sickly so, and high in ABV without any negative tell-tale signs. I would pick it up again.
maddmatt639 (264) - Pacifica, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great retention and great lacing. Smells of lemon zest, sweet bread and floral. Tastes of cereal, super sweet bread and lemon. Long yeasty aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GIJOE (647) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly standard Belgian Ale. Nose is typical Belgian yeast. Taste is lightly bitter on a strong malt backbone. Light to medium body, lively carbonation. I like it.
merc7186 (2151) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Clear Golden Straw, Mild White Head, Minimal Lacing
S: Honey, Belgian Wheat and Sugars
T: Honey....seriously, it tasted exactly like a Honey Mead
M: Mild Carbonation, Light Bodied, Sweet Dry Mouth
Overall, this "Strong Ale" was practically a Mead. It still had a good taste about it, but not a belgian strong ale.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle code: 04/07/16
16oz. poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.
A - Pours a hazed apricot with a fluffy white head that holds great retention. Nice horizontal lacing left behind.
S - Tropical fruit esters, pineapple, green apple skins, green mango, orange, peach, cotton candy, banana taffy, grassy hops, sweet malt in the background.
T - Very fruity, pineapple, papaya, lemon honey, biscuit malt resides underneath a grassy hops. Earthy strawberries come out as it warms.
M - Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel, finishes semi dry.
The best aroma I’ve come across from A BSPA. It couldn’t be more perfect. The flavors come across the palate very straightforward but very tasty.
One of the best examples of the style I’ve come across.
This beer drinks like a 7.00ABV. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Beergeek23322 (2342) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 2011. Bottle. Pear or apple aromas. Hazy straw yellow with a white head. Spice, malt and fruity flavors. Dry and bitter finish.
Barreras (1001) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a cloudy yellow color with a slight fruity aroma. A fermented apple smell. Taste is light and crisp for a belgian strong ale. A decent beer for the style, but not a favorite. The bottle is very cool with the resealable top.