vyvvy (5533) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber / copper with a small sudsy head that is very dark for a tripel. The aroma has dark honey, thick esters, very yeasty, toasted malt and a hint of spice. Medium / full body that is slick and velvety with soft, yet lightly stinging carbonation. The taste has thick dark caramel, toasted malt, honey, herbal tea and alcohol warmth. The finish has more heat, spices and minor hops then there is a lingering since of anise and sweetness.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another beautiful De Struise beer. Good lord, these guys are becoming another De Dolle for me. Which is bad considering I neednít have another $5/bottle temptation, the broken condition my wallet is in. Tastes lively for sure and sugary, like crisp tart alcoholic apple cider and snicker doodle spice. Pumpkins? And some orangy citrus, though not in a hoppy way. Beautifl beer too with chalky chunky yellow amber gooiness.
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a murky dull orange color bordering on brown. Aroma is seriously deep with some wildness about it along with some citrus fruit and caramel syrupy sweetness. At first sip you get a full bodied malt experience with some bread and chewy grain. That gives way to a lemon and orange citrus flavor and the finish is all yeast and spice, clove and coriander. After all of that goodness you are finally left, rather unfortunately, with a bit of a hot alcohol mouth feel. Other than that though I am pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this guy.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that sticks to the glass quite a bit on the way down, leaving sheets of lacing. The head remains intact for ages as tons of floaties cycle through the body throughout, the only negative of the look for me.
The aroma is spicy with lots of yeasty sweetness and a hint of orange peel and lemons. There is a big bready malt presence as well as some candi sugar, though nothing too sweet.
The taste is very yeasty with lots candi sugar sweetness, more than the aroma would suggest. The hops are there but definitely in the background along with the bready malts. The spices are present only in the finish and not quite as big as in the aroma.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Itís very smooth for the style and with a bit more dryness in the finish.
I enjoyed this one a lot and the extra little bit of spiciness differentiates this one from some of the other Belgians Iíve had lately. Very drinkable for the ABV, which is barely detectable.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 fl oz. Amber-orange color with a fine white head and lots of suspended particles. Really a fantastic and complex aroma - peach, apricot, orange rind, sourdough, yellow cake, and an herbal, almost minty, note. Flavor is less interesting but still very good. Doughy with a subdued and under-ripe stone fruit flavor. Quite spicy in the beginning and the end, with sweet vanilla in the middle. Big bubbles. Really close to being unbelievable.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into chalice.
Pours a cloudy orange-gold, lighter towards the top, with loads of floaties, and a creamy bone-white cap that leaves substantial lacing. The floaties were disconcerting, but the beer otherwise looks fantastic.
Nose is apricot and tropical fruit mixed with a rich, lightly doughy yeast note, spicy alcohol, bit of candy sugar shining through. Delicious.
Taste is yeasty, bittersweet, rich tropical fruit and apricot, sweet candy sugar and some spicy alcohol. Honey, and maybe nutmeg? Dry at some points, deliciously rich in others. Finish is yeasty, a bit bittersweet, bit of alcohol on the exhale.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, soft, fluffy carbonation.
Drinkability is fantastic. When I finished this, I was left wondering why I hadnít bought more than one. I actually realized I was drinking it so fast that if i didnít get to reviewing, Iíd run out of beer before I finished.
An exemplary beer. Delicious.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle on sale for $7, Jesus is smoking...It smells spicy and herbal sort of like a fantome. Its got a dark orange color and yeasties floating throughout despite a sincere attempt at a careful pour. Tastes like I donít know what, good but spicy and mysterious (again reminds me of a fantome).
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-22-2009 05:59:44
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light orange/amber color with a small off-white with a large number of floaties. Aroma of fruit, candi sugar, spicy yeast, honey, and spices. Flavor is sweet and fruity and slightly bitter with honey, candi sugar, orange zest and mild spices with a medium body and a fairly dry finish.
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a murky orange with lots of large suspended chunks. large fluffy white head. aroma is very tropical with pineapple, apricot and yeast. flavor is peachy, apricot, pineapple, yeast. full bodied. warming palate. bitter finish but slightly sweet. light stingy acidic notes. not really getting the christmas thing though.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20090316 11.2 oz bottle from State Line. Dirty golden orange color, full of gunk despite having sat in the fridge for a month or so and trying to pour carefully off the sediment. Small but lasting white head. Aroma is spicy and wintry with apricot, clove, honey, ginger aside from the usual Belgian yeastiness. Doughy, sweet, and unctuous at first, but mellowing out to a more spice oriented brew with an increasingly effervescent body. Some barny, muddy flavors, biting clove, bubblegum, teaberry, marzipan. Interesting beer that paired well with my dinner of roast pork with applesauce and potatoes.