crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a reddish brown with a huge slightly sandy head that leaves some nice lacing.
The smell is good but the Belgian yest is far too upfront. Underneath the huge blast of yeast is some nice spiciness from the chilies and cinnamon.
The flavor is better. Nice chili flavor though not a ton of spiciness which would have been nice. It tastes like a hot pepper candy with a hint of sugar and fruit. The yeast s a bit more dialed-down in the flavor but still plagues it.
They messed up with the yeast.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma of sweet malt, spice, faint alcohol, dried flowers, very faint pepper, caramel, spun sugar and pie crust. Lightly hazy fiery amber color, head is fine and slight. Flavor is quite sweet, with plenty of toasted bread and honey, faint bitterness and surprisingly light touches of chile flavor with no real heat to speak of, some cinnamon and florals coming through on the finish. Low-moderate level of effervescence, carrying the sweetness well, body is fairly full. Interesting stuff, certainly not something I would have hit on.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Kellehers in Peoria. Definitely some interesting aspects to this one, with the chile spice coming through decently, but the cinnamon fails to make a strong impression, at least for me. Bubblegum is prominent in the nose, along with sweet caramel candy, yeasty grains, minor booze, and chile spice and herb. The pour was with a small layer of starch white head, and medium caramel-amber body. Again, more sweet candy in the body of this one, with some booze and a slightly off-bitter coming through. Caramel is big in the taste, with yeasty cereals, sweet mixed fruit, spicy herbs, and earth. Overall, this was alright, and maybe just a bit too much candy sweet.
tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got a growler from the South Park store. Heavy cinnamon flavor up front with the chili kick at the end. Oddly, each glass out of the growler seemed to get more spicy which killed the flavor and made it rather one-dimentional. It was fun to try but not something I would repeat.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is caramel, malt, yeast and hint of spice. Lively mouthfeel. A slight heat (chilis or alcohol) mid palate, with a slightly bitter finish.
jw0406 (1007) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aromas of spice, chilis and cinnamon. Medium bodied, spicy, got better as I drank it. Interesting beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark crimson, garnet, chestnut, and ruby red pour with a 1/2 inch eggshell head. Only a dot or two dispersed inside the glass. Mild, quite subtle aroma with caramel, malt, and perhaps a touch of chili. Flavor shows a hint of burn in the back of the throat, pinch of pepper, but otherwise nothing distinct or unique to pick out. Very average. Not sure why I expect more from this series as most are epic failures!
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer isa a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of caramelized cotton candy, bubblegum, lots of clove and ample pear and apple like fruit notes. This is backed by some toasted, whole grain, a touch of sweet tea like character (but only just a touch), . The beer is a bit unbalanced towards bubblegum, fruitiness and clove notes from the Belgian yeast, though not so much so that this is bad. Hmm, there it is in the far finish, the green chile comes through with a distinct vegetal, green chile like note as well as a some spiciness that smells of green and pepper.
The beer tastes extremely sweet, but most of this is perceived sweetness due to huge fruit, bubblegum and clove flavors that plays such a big role in the flavor. I don’t notice any of the green chile in my first sip. This definitely tastes a bit like bubblegum flavored cotton candy and there is a huge, slightly tongue numbing, phenolic clove note in the finish. There is an apple cider note (slightly oxidized cider tasting, though this is not actually oxidized), perhaps a touch of caramelized pear. The phenolic character contributes some cured plastic like notes that can be a bit much when combined with the clove character. The malt contributes a sharp, sort of roasted, spicy toasted, whole grain character. The green-chile character from the nose is a lot more subtle in the flavor; there is perhaps a hint of pepper in the finish, but this could almost be attributable to the spiciness from the yeast character. The chile, during a sip, is more noticeable as an oral nasal note rather than a flavor. The texture is not overly heavy, but it is definitely has a certain chewiness to it.
This really is just a bit too unbalanced; somehow the yeast character runs rampant in this beer in a bit of a simplistic manner with its focus on bubblegum, clove, plastic and too expressive fruit character. There is a chance that this will mellow out a bit, so if you have the patience I would recommend that you let this beer sit for 6 months or perhaps better a year. If the green chile character was a bit more prominent in the flavor and the yeast character was toned down just a bit this would be quite a bit better.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a nice copper amber with a dissipating beige head. Aroma of banana esters and candy red hots. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of belgian malts (chocolate, amber), but the chilies and cinnamon are pretty dominant, and blended well. Warming and very phenolic finish, heavy on clove and mustiness. The problem here is that the yeast strain, malts, and spices are not harmonious. Maybe a non Belgian yeast strain would tie everything together, but this beer is a perfect example that some things just don’t mix. An odd, but not enjoyable beer. Worst of the series by far
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A brown color with a laced tan head. The aroma has strong chilli peppers, cinnamon, and is earthy. A medium body with an overpowering peppery flavor. It ultimately does not finish well.