can8ianben (1403) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled this at the very new Union Ale Brewing Co. in Santa Barbara - but Iím not quite sure they had the right beer in my glass. This one was rich and malty with some very spicy hop characteristics - not very Belgian seeming. Nothing really sour about it, but somewhat spicy. Orange in color with a thick frothy white head.
hayduke (3776) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was not sure what this was because of the name. It was for sure not a California Common, and was relieved to come here and find it was a Belgian, which is exactly what it tasted like. It poured a rich red color with a quickly dissipating white head and light lacing rings. Nose is of citrus, clove, and some ripe fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is malty with some mild bitterness. Dry bitter finish. A very drinkable brew.
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
750 ml bottle.
An utter disaster. This a Belgian ale? I thought it was an infected scotch ale. Awful humus and rotten fruit, overpowering malt. Ack! Drainpour.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight ember color with a massive eggshell head. Heavily carbonated. Earthy, malty, with a hint of sour...not sure if that was intended. Not sure I can find the belgian in this. Pass.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is a little plain. Amber/reddish appearance. Not much head. Nice lacing after a few sips. Typical amber flavors with a skosh bit of spice and some alcohol punch to it.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to the bosses had at home. Alround rating: Massive carbonation again, not as bad as the wheat, but huge all the same. Soem sort of dusty grainy brown and earthy malt, some light spice, dusty yeast character. Theres nothing holding it together and its hard to drink.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at the Weekend of Tarts After Tasting.
Golden brown with no head. A fair bit of pukey malt in this one. Some card too. Really, itís all over the place and having some fairly major issues. Fruity malt, some grassy hops underneath but itís out of order.
larryLSB (474) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750, bottle 4.10.09, courtesy of SamGamgee. Poured an amber/glod with huge white bubbly head. Nose was very yeasty and fruity, kind of like a Saison. Semi-sweet malty flavor, just a bit on the sour side. Very nice!
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours a hazy, opaque, orange-copper color with a big billowing white head. Aromas of lemons and caramel, maybe orange zest too. Honeyed caramel malt flavor with a light lemony tinge on top. Some pepper and possibly clove too. Pours overly effervescent but after some time and swirling it becomes more drinkable.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great nose. Pepper and yeast. Grapes too? Bright clear amber in the glass with a big bubbly head and lace. Light and fuzzy in the mouth. Not a full mouth ale. Nose is better than flavor to me. Bitter and flat on the palate. Carbonation fluffs up in the mouth.