Holy (833) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of Crazy Urbain - thanks dude! This is a great IPA - starts slightly sweet with caramel tones then punches you in the mouth with the hops. Hides the 9% well. This was significantly better than the first taste at BBF 2011 - maybe itís had time to mature?
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(330ml bottle) Pours a cloudy deep orangish amber body with a tall cream head and excellent Brussels lacing. Aroma of caramel, spruce, orange, and grapefruit. Flavor of caramel, citrus, toffee, herbs, grass, and earthiness with a dry, bitter finish.
Swaroga (1256) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle. Red/brown with big tanned head. Nose : Very fruity with strong herbal and hoppy aromas. Small notes of coffee. Grapefruit or pomelo zest. Sip ; Oily with a medium density and low but existing carbonation. The taste is like a coffee mixed with grapefruit sorbet. Some grainy notes. Overal itís a really enjoyable brew and itís about time we had some IPAís in Belgium.
pilif (23) - zedelgem, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
perfect resultaat van ipa brewing, fijne geur, lekkere bittere afdronk, je proeft een vleugje amerika in dit bier
een perfect samenwerking tussen een belgische en een amerikaanse brewerij
jbeatty (1019) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish amber, dark, with huge rocky head and great retention, lots of sudsy lacing left behind. Familiar Struise yeast on the nose, dried tropical fruits, raisin bread malts, and bitter hop resins more apparent as the beer warms. Taste is sweet caramel orange, pineapple, transitioning to strong bitter grapefruit, and a long, dry, bitter finish. Soft and creamy in the mouth, nice. Must admit I was very confused by this at first, its fruity presence and familiar Struise character made me think they put the wrong label on Pannepot or Tseejees. The hops shine through though as the beer opens up, providing a nice balance between the two extremes, and ultimately quite enjoyable. Interesting take on the style, definitely out of the ordinary.
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 33cl bottle. Pours orange with a big white head. Aroma is quite weak with notes of peach, pine and some plastic notes hidden in the back when the concoction gets to room temp. Taste is hop forward on a sweet-ish malty base. Pine, citrus, flowers. Yeasty. Way too much alcohol. Good carbontaion, medium/full bodied. Quite good. Not exceptional though.
biggirlpanties (180) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel gold color, with huge, dense head with amazing retention. Beautiful lacing. Aroma is honeysuckle and peaches, very much like a spring garden. Taste is much the same with some bitter hoppiness for balance. Quite delicious. Definitely something special.
GT2 (8256) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL. Pours glowing, minerally amber to orange with an insane near nitro pour tan, porter like head with completely insane retention. About a 4-5 finger tall head lasts with no diminishing for 15 minutes. Completely insane. Could probably place an M&M on the head and it would sit there like Alesmith Wee Heavyís head. Wow. I guess Belgian yeast plus huge isohumulone and malt protein work well together. Huge, webby lace. Nose is softer, perfumey, herbal, fresh and fruity blood orange, tangy curacao. As it warms and decants it smells a little apple heavy and oxidized so donít let this sit out too long. Taste is soft, fluffy, dessert like, with fresh melon and fresh lime honey. Honeysuckle, wood, tart lime, sugar, and mild alcohol with muted bitterness. No nuttiness or astringent character. Palate is wildly soft, really pillowy carbonation with no cheesecloth or candy stickness. Feels like homemade marshmallow on the palate. Tart, lactic back end. Sweet honeysuckle and tropical fruit juice. Totally delicious. I was not expecting this one to be so good- what a treat! Doesnít feel like 300 IBUs or whatever.
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl, new exclusive collab. brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex bitter brew, bitter/sweet and slightly floral/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew, yet expensive
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
3/I/2012 33cl bottle @ Klaasí place - BB: 30/XI/12 (2012-7) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!
Cloudy red to rust brown beer, towering huge yellowish head, pretty stable, very adhesive leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: pretty sweet first, some ripe peaches, sweet malts, honey, yeast, cheesy to even stinky feet. MF: light carbon, full body, bit syrupy texture. Taste: citrus start, sugary, sweet, bit cloying, overripe fruits, alcohol and quite some bitter notes. Aftertaste: some ripe fruits turning to a very bitter and dry ending, too bitter and chemical. We split this small bottle in two, but by the end even half a beer of this got boring from the very dry bitter ending. The American influence is clearly noticeable. If I would have had to guess, I wouldíve said this is a Struise-Stone collaboration. :p