chinchill (2055) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(from March 2012 notes).
Label proclaims "2010 vintage". After some warming, poured into a Unibroue snifter.
A - orange-amber color; hazy with a short-lived, bone colored head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.
S - True to style with fruit, spice and floral esters dominate a light malt background. Hints of orange/tangerine, white pepper, ripe banana and pear.
M - Moderate carbonation; medium body; a slightly dry finish
T - Bittersweet flavor with plenty of malt toastiness and a clear spicy-earthy hop component. Mildly astringent, peppery and bitter. Less fruity than aroma indicates. Hoppy. Lightly spicy and yeasty.
O - A tasty Belgian style IPA with initially subdued hops and a very well-hidden, high ABV.
Darkmagus82 (1784) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-13-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a hazy orange colored brew with a one finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention slowly fading to give a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – Overall the smell was on the lighter side. Some bready and biscuit aromas created a bulk of the light aroma with a small amount of floral hop. Mixed with these were some aromas of tropical fruit and an orange citrus as well as some smells of a yeasty and spice aroma. The spice was of a nutmeg and coriander smell producing a very , while light, Belgian like aroma.
Taste – The taste is very Belgian triple like in the beginning with just a touch more hop flavor. It begins with a bready and somewhat citrus sweet flavor. There is a good presence of a yeasty and banana flavor upfront that gets even stronger as the taste advances to the middle. Some spice flavors of coriander and nutmeg mixed with a bit of orange peel become more pronounced toward the middle of the taste. Soon however the flavor starts to distance itself from the standard triple once more peppery and hoppy flavors start coming to the tongue more toward the middle to the end. Some bitter grapefruit hop mixed with a floral hop take the taste to its end where a bitter and malty, somewhat drier flavor, is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side for the style and for the abv with a carbonation level that is average to just a touch below average. Both were rather appropriate for the style and were a good combination for the citrus, hop, and spice flavors of the brew.
Overall – It starts out very Triple like and then advances to being much more hop bittered. A little more bitter at the end then is quite complementing of the sweeter triple flavors, but interesting and quite drinkable none the less. Not bad and worth a try.
Goodgrief (1806) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honey brown pour, smallish head. Aroma of both belgian esters and floral hops. Flavor was honey, belgian yeast and brown sugar. A little too sweet and syrupy. A noticeable alcohol burn. Not bad.
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 30/VI/14 - 33cl bottle @ Bouvier’s place, football WC match Belgium-USA - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2014-691) Thanks to Dominiek for the bottle!
Little cloudy red amber beer, big fizzy yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: fruity, malty, caramel, quite some honey, soapy touch, bit of exotic fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter start, citrus, some honey, caramel, sourish, bit oxidized, bitter and grassy. Aftertaste: bitter hops, some citrus, floral, some honey, oxidized, piny touch, resinous, some caramel, honey, alcohol touch. Too old, alas... Probably very good when fresh...
thebos (35) - Eatonton, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy Carmel with slightly off white head. Bright and crisp aroma with slight yeast scent. Slightly sweet but mostly bright bitter taste. Great mouth feel and very easy to drink. Hides the alcohol content well.
Blkrubiops (18) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a carmel color with a short head. Doughy aromas, alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied, has a slight bitter finish. Pretty tasty for how strong it is 9.6%.
Lothore (555) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a brownish orange color reminiscent of urine the morning after a long night of drinking with little to no head.
S- The smell punches you in the face with awesomeness. Tons of pine, orange zest, light fruit and spicy belgian yeast undertones.
T- Whoa! An extremely strange combo that I think works very well. Starts off like a typical DIPA with a wave of piny hops and a strong bready malt backbone but is immediately rounded off with spicy belgian blonde characteristics and ends very smooth with little to no hop bitterness. Rarely do I taste a beer that really tastes much different than anything i’ve ever had but this one did just that.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This was an extremely interesting brew to wrap your head around. It definitely isn’t an everyday beer but if you are looking to enjoy something new and different pick up a bottle and you won’t be disappointed.
jhliesen (744) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle---candy orange color with a small head and no real lacing. Aroma is fruity, mostly mandarin, of course, I just had a mandarin so I could be influenced there. Toss in some soapy aroma as the drink warms. Sticky sweet flavor of light hops with some yeast. Catching a warm alcohol finish. Appalachian Vinter.
hoyabrew44 (4) - Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Combination of two of my favorite styles and a very interesting take it is. A one finger head and a light amber color are followed by a smooth and hoppy finish. More to come.
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear darkish golden with a thin laceful white head. Nose is sweet and quasi earthy with a semi-fruity/semi-bubblegumy Belgo yeast tone. Taste is sweet with some earthy pale toffee notes, tangerine-esque yeast esters, dough, and a soft sweet pale ending. Not shabby, but forgettable.