neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle served in a branded glass at a tasting at Dan’s alongside the 2007 edition. Pours hazy amber with a moderate tan head that fades slowly to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big floral notes with fruity esters, citrus and a slight pepperiness. The flavour is moderately bitter and slightly sweet with piney notes and citrus. On the palate, it is medium in body with a slightly dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Belgian style ale with California-style hops. I suspect that the hops have not held up as expected, as there is a slightly off character in the body. 2012-08-11
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a light amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. Recedes slowly leaving some sticky splotches of lace down the glass.
S: Fruity and flowery hop notes some mild citrus as well. A little honey sweetness with some bready malts. Light background yeasty spice.
T: Stone fruits, fruity esters and some spicy. Light paper with some sweet malts.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Light level of bitterness on the finish.
O: The hops were still around as well as the light spiciness from the yeast. The hops just weren’t as potent, obviously, but it definitely wasn’t bad.
Serving type: bottle
kerenmk (3235) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours murky amber with white ring. Floral, yeasty, peach and compote aroma. Compote, slightly hoppy bitterness. Medium body, delicate fizz and long, peachy finish.
superspak (3400) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Summer 2008. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon, apple, pear, honey, bread, pepper, light pine, light clove, floral, grass, herbal, floral earthiness, and light yeast esters. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes and yeast esters. Taste of lemon, orange zest, apple, pear, honey, bread, light pine, pepper, clove, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, honey, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, light pine, herbal, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of hop flavors with yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong ale! Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavor and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First one I really liked at my VE tasting...still had a slight bit of hops (or it was the pepper coming through) with the sweet belgian golden. Either way it was very well balanced and enjoyable.
DSG (8423) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Hazy golden. Aroma of malt, old hops, a bit of fruitiness and light oxidized hints. Sweetish malty flavor with a bit of caramel, honey hints, some fruitiness and a moderately bitter finish, slightly spicy, with an orange note. Medium-bodied.
zach8270 (3858) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Clear gold pour with a puffy white head. Sticky sweet aroma of bubblegum, yeast and spice. Very sweet throughout the flavor. Lots of sweet fruits, candy sugars and loads of sweet yeast at the finish. A bit cloying for my taste but still decent.
stevencon (509) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft and bottle. Clear straw white head. Bottle had more head than draft. Sweet pale malt yeasty pineapple. Tastes like a Belgian triple and I don’t like Belgian triple. Not bad but not for me.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Proof. Gold pour with a bubbly white head. Tart raspberries and cherries up front on the aroma with some bubblegum yeast, hints of spice, and mild candy sugars. Sweet and chewy mouthfeel, vanilla, light tart fruits, candy sugars bubble gum with hints of spice. Nice, blended and smoothed out. Not bad.
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Proof. Pours a clear golden orange on tap with filmy white head and light lacing. Aroma of sweet belgian malts and tart fruits, but light on both accounts. Taste is a fruity belgian, but nothing that exciting. Meh, good but nothing special.