EithCubes (5216) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Here’s the second in my vertical, a bomber bought in Bloomington on release, dusty but anticipated. Nose beautiful golden malt with rich, sweet overripe fruit (plums, cherries, red berries, peaches) and the suggestion of a reduced sauce that contains some alcohol -- a polished olfactory glaze. Dark golden with orange and red highlights but ends up much closer to brown than golden, very fizzy soapy head that quickly works its weight off. Sharp taste, sweet but spicy, dries somewhat as it works its way across the tongue, the fruit mentioned above melding with generic yeast before receding and allowing the orange and lemon forward. Cardamom and ginger are very, very light, certainly exhibit no heat, but the spicy influence on the aftertaste is perhaps strongest of all (has light coriander and nutmeg undertones, as well, and they’re next to faint grapefruit rind). Thin but persistent bitterness, faint tang but clean and intentional. Weak malt underdeveloped and really underfocused, and the fullish mouthfeel is ruined by far too aggressive carbonation. I don’t mind the downtick in quality from the previous year’s release, as this is, after all, still quite drinkable, but the recipe clutters the palate and the yeast character here is decidedly inferior.
They were aiming for a Saison/Tripel hybrid and ended up with more of a hoppy imperialized Wit; not much of a difference, I guess, save for the spicy slapdashery.
burg326 (4601) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an orangish color from the bomber with aromas of light oranges, candi sugar, yeast and some esthers. Flavors follow suit, light banana in the aftertaste this beer held up well due to the age of the bottle.
reggiedunlop (3417) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber/red with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet and sligtly spicy...orangey...a bit like grand marnier. Flavor follows suit...very orangey and very reminiscent of grand marnier!...light hoppiness reminds of the inspiring tripel and saison but definitely more sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a slightly earthy yet candied orange/grand marnier finish. Surprised at how this held up!
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lord Hobo - guess they aged a keg of this bad boy - woody, grape, Belgian yeasty nose; dark hue with consistent lacing; body coats tongue with red wine, brown sugar; tannins sit in the back and the flavor lasts. This aged well. Tasty.
JStax (3680) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a lighter gold. Semi-hazy. White head of foam. Good retention. Aroma is sweet esters with some fruitier notes coming through. Taste is belgian candi sugar sweetness. Dry finish. Medium carbonation with plenty of body. This one has held up very nicely.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
FROM NOTES: July 3. ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a stone pint glass.
A: Simple straight-forward nose with apple spice notes, like a cider.
A: Pours an orange color with a 3-fingers head. Dissipates slowly.
T: Follows the nose, for the most part, with apple spice flavors. A mild alcohol burn presents towards the finish.
P: Medium body with heavy carbonation and a little alcohol burn.
O: A spiced apple beer. Not ultra-exciting, but not terrible. Will try again in December ’12.
OldMrCrow (2145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maize pour into a tulip, with a fluffy if ephemeral white head. Candied oranges and a bit of spice in the aroma. Flavor gently sweet, again the citrus, pepper, booze, honey. A bit of heat. On the positive side, this has held up just fine for six years -- which was an important criterion for a midpoint of the 12.12.12 series. On the negative side, there’s no great complexity here; ultimately it’s not anything more than another straightforward American tripel. I could drink New Belgium if this was what I was looking for.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Orange citrus, lime and belgian yeast with a little caramel. Pretty good .
Sarlacc83 (1342) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extra from Eric way back when. Thanks!
A: Light copper-red color with a thin ring of head. Some sediment floating in the glass.
N: Ginger comes through very clear. Orange is also present. Hints of lavender, peppercorn, some malt and whiskey, and cola.
T: Nicely sweetened with ample citrus flavor. Slight oxidation.
M: Light and well-carbonated.
O: Still very aromatic, and this was actually one of the favorites of the tasting amongst non beer geeks. Definitely would drink this one soon.
TheHOFF43 (1771) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pours a clear orange, minimal head. Citrus hop aroma, lots of grapefruit, some lemon taste. Not really sure about this, but it wasn’t bad.