skortila (4174) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Aroma has caramels, yeast, bit fruity. Hazy orange coloured beer with particles floating around and an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has fruitiness, caramel, yeast. Good beer.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
100th rating of this brew. Bottle @ Post Belgian Fest killer tasting dubbed Sea O’Floydster, with a load of cool people including Cquiroga, floydster, seaoflament and many others including my girlfriend and dr.bill. Pours yellow with a bright white head. Nose is sweet and tart. Taste is sweet, rich and pretty boozy.
FatPhil (8089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle (One Pint, Helsinki, Belgian Weeks 2009)
Rich hazy orange. Sweet caramel aroma, quite subtle. Soft palate, gentle carbonation. Sweet caramel retronasally. Very nice bitter bite on swallowing, leaves a tingly hoppy finish. Treacle caramel dominates the non-hop taste, but it’s not oppressively sweet fortunately. A lovely sipper, and covers the alcohol fairly well, probably due to the sweetness. Needs to attenuate a bit more.
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle, 10.0%. Gusher. Yeasty aroma, good maltiness underneath. Dark orange colour, lots of yeast floating around. Small stable white head. The flavour is sweet, quite fruity with some dried fruit, apricot comes to mind as so often before. There is also some yeast to the flavour, but not a problem here. The finish is peppery and with a distinct bitterness.
Bontus (586) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl Bottle dranken Geers. Pours murky copper brown with a thick foamy head. Explosion of alcohol, sugar and yeast. Lightly caramelized malts. Wood, pears, pepper and vanilla noticeable. Alcoholburn. Creamy mouthfeel yet well carbonated. Long balanced finish. Heavy bodied.
mjs (3994) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle at One Pint Pub Belgian weeks ’09) Murky golden and hazy. Malts, sweetness, fruitiness and alcohol in aroma. Full bodied and dryish palate with medium carbonation. Malts, hint of dried plum, sweetness, bit of saltiness, hint of liquorice and bitterness in taste.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky thick sugary-looking glowing orange with a small dense frothy head. Sweet fruity aroma, quite juicy, hint of strawberry, light cheesy yeasty notes, distinctly De Struise. Delicious stuff, much fuller in flavor than the non-reserva. Sweet candi malt, slightly toasty, some light creamy stinky cheese, lovely hop spiciness. Sweet and very flavorful. Bigger feeling in body than the non-reserva, medium/full, fine sharp but sparse carbonation. A true treat.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange in color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of apple, funk, a little tartness, orange and spices. Taste is of malt, fruit, grain and spices.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Distinctive apple-like fruitiness and oak create Calvados allusions, as doughy yeast and lightly caramelized malts whip up a highly personable and expressive Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy orangey amber.
-Alcohol is felt throughout, but does not bother the flavor profile much.
-A peppery spiciness is found in the last half.
-The body is well rounded and the carbonation very active, making for a soothing sipping experience.
-For now, I feel like there is so much going on in here that some flavors haven’t had the time to blend in with their companions. Maybe time will yield a more united flavor profile (to my tastebuds).
Bottle at Ebenezer’s. Many thanks Chris!
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The smell is fruits, apples, yeast, oak cask, and slight tartness. The look is a muddy, apple pie colored, and has a ok head. The taste is fruits, apples, yeast, tart. I has hoping for a little more.