Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden bronze colored ale, with a beautiful head of white creamy foam. Flavor is elegant and well structured, loaded with depth and nuance. Very sweet, well layered and complex, with well concentrated flavors from start to finish. Notes of peach and pear. Elegant mouth fell. Purely Belgian in every way. Wow, wow, wow. STUNNING.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Little let down here. Nice triple, but not my favorite at all. Pours a dark orange, with an aroma full of yeast and spice. Flavor is nice, notes of light fruit, spice, vanilla, oak. Way too subtle. No real complaints here, just that the price is double what similar beers run.
thornecb (4595) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep chunky gold into a tulip. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface. Apple and pear aromas. Tingly upfront with sour apple turning to a pleasingly viscous apple pie filling. I want another.
Suttree (5291) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown, thick beige head. Very fruity aroma - lots of cherry, plum, peach smells. Flavor is also sweet and fruity, but a particularly agreeable sweet flavor. Usually a beer this sweet would be kinda tedious, but i really liked it. As it warms, some pineapple notes emerge, and finally some sage-like notes and a winey finish.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy lumpy golden with a nice thick vanishing white head. Sweet weak nose. Some spices. Flavours are also quite hidden to be fair, but has a fantastic creamy, velvety palate if cold, quite burning mouthfeel as it warms.
Travlr (13722) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Bottle poured by the man on the label, at the schoolhouse. According to Urbain, tsjeeses "is an expression of stupefaction."
Slightly cloudy amber orange with a white head that settles quickly.
Aroma of stonefruits. Actually, thatís not true, because I donít know what a stonefruit is, actually.
Flavor starts malty and progresses through spice and dark fruits to a slightly bitter finish.
It was very special to drink this one with the master himself. Thank you Urbain!!!
douglas88 (6492) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours out a cloudy orange color with a small white head. A very nice aroma of apples, some spices, and a lot of woody notes. The taste was very nice; sort of a warm and mellow brew, citrus flavors, apples, a dry yeasty flavor full of mellow barrel aged aspects. Very enjoyable. As it warmed it was much more flavorful and fruity. Drink it at 12 degrees maybe more. A fizzy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of yeast, bready, some fruitiness, and some spices. The bready/yeastiness dominates. Tastes of fruitiness (apples with some pears), bready and some spices.
Habanero (2808) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Bottled. Pours hazy orange with an tiny, short lasting, off-white head. Malty nose with bread, cookies, light flowery hops and yeast. Sweet flavor of yeast with notes of abricot, apple, pear and caramel. Full bodied, creamy texture. Average duration, sweetness, light acidity and slightly bitter finish.
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
Bit of a gusher. Rich orange, small head. Sweet slightly sour beery aroma, a bit dusty, and a bit plasticky. Anna says nuts, I don’t get. Quite full bodied - loads of rich malts, and a real slap in the face from noble hops. Fairly yeasty and spicy - and some pleasant apricot and peach hints. Unfortunately the sticky sweetness is a bit cloying after a while; like many belgians they’d need to tone down the candy sugar to appeal to my palate. It’s pretty well balanced, between malt, hops, and spices, so the whole thing works quite well. Everything hangs around for a long and warming finish. However, as you can guess from that additional adjective, itís also a bit too alcoholic. Not to the extent of being boozy, but itís pretty noticeable.