JorisPPattyn (7976) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Faintly fruity, some esters, baked banana. Sweet, lots of banana, but (somewhat) cleaner finish. Low carbonation, but not flat; creamy texture. Oh weel. It’s supposedly a style one cannot call steam...
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour, small off white head. Golden raisins, belgian yeast, stone fruit, bready notes in the nose. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, yeasty, doughy, candy sugar. Nice brew.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on tap at Telegraph Brewing. The brewers did a great job balancing hoppiness and tart flavors in this dark amber beer. It’s very tasty.
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 cc. First off, upon releasing the cage (Smithers, release the hounds) the cork spontaneously popper with a force that would make Peter North envious. The look was clear deep golden amber with a huge 4-finger fluffy well-retained white head. The nose was spicy rock sugary malt, dry florals, hopcitrus. Tasted dry, floral, spicy, yeasty, with a natural Belgian yeasty flavor coupled with the hopcitrus and dry floral and spice notes. Complex and well balanced, this one was very good.
BucannonXC5 (886) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel coppery. Lots of head, thanks in part to a bad pour by me. That probably also contributed to the frothy film on the sides and the frothy lacing on the top that stayed throughout the pour.
Smelled of sweet floral notes up front. Seems to be lots of sugar in the nose as well. Could almost smell the stickiness. Citrus hops in the nose, too, led by tangerine and lemon zest.
Surprisingly the taste was a bit different than the nose. It’s almost like the makers forgot to finish the beer. Tastes include sugar, spices (cloves, pepper?), caramel, light citrus.
Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish. Clean and refreshing.
Nothing too exceptional about this beer except for the smell.
keepersj12 (2717) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a Belgian style with a very fruity and spicy aroma. Pours a cloudy amber with a huge rocky, lacing, lasting head. The flavor has a very nice Belgian style to it. Very fruity with some spiciness along with some pepper and a bit of hops in the end. The finish is quite dry and refreshing.
tkerin (20) - USA - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
light, yet with full flavor, great smell, nice appearance, light finish, a refreshing beer
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Telegraph on 7/2/11. deep orange pour with a small creamy white head. malt driven nose with light citrus hops. medium body with sweet malts and citrus bitterness - well balanced. dark fruits on the finish with big citrus bitterness and bread notes.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rocky head, deep golden color and very effervescent. The flavor is very tart and refreshing with a nice, dry finish. Stone fruit and Belgian complexity give this style away instantly. Thanks James.
Nuffield (3693) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My friends told me that this was a "California Common". No. It makes a lot more sense to think of it as a Belgian, because it combines the fruitiness with the mild bitterness, and it comes out as a language that is worth listening to. Bottle.