onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden with a thin white head. Dusty hay aroma with some Belgian blonde malty aroma and malty sugary sweetness. Smooth flavor with lots of complexity going on. Peppery yeasty funk esters with blonde spicy malts, herbal bitterness, spruce tips, and dry hay/barn flavors, and a little pineapple sweetness. Basically tastes like a Christmas tree-Saison, with a little kiss of dusty caramel.
Braudog (5359) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This pours a deep golden hue, bordering on an amber color. The aroma is earthy and hints of alcohol and spice. But this drinks with a pleasant, rollicking tropical fruitiness up front, with an evident high gravity burn carrying the background. (#5056, 6/16/2013)
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol almost unbelievably well. Very unusual. The pineapple was dominant and the spices weren’t very noticeable. This is a true rival to Mad Elf. Both are fruity Belgians that are deceptive in their strength. I wish this was a seasonal and not a one-off. Thankfully I have another bottle to age thanks to my brother and his fiancée. A very nice Christmas treat even if it wasn’t very Christmasy tasting.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, medium to dark gold with an average, off0white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light colored cake; underlying holiday spices; hints of alcohol when warmer; mostly pineapple; and put them all together to get pineapple upside down cake. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet, slightly acidic and lightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly acidic and slightly sour. There was mostly pineapple, spicy yeast, underlying holiday spices, honey , light cake, pineapple upside down cake; The medium body was a bit oily with sort of soft carbonation and an ever so slight alcoholic finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, pineapple, citrus hops, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, ginger, cinnamon, other spices, hint of booze.
T - Sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, pineapple juice, citrus hops with a bit of bitterness, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, cinnamon, ginger, other spices, and some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, sweet, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Great BSPA with the spices being complex and well balanced and the pineapple juice is a nice touch.
wlajwl (3334) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 Aroma is heavily spicy and a hint of heat and nuttiness. The flavor is spices, pineapple, malts and a slight heat/sourish finish. Very good for one bottle but the second is too much pineapple.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super boozy, with aromas of clove, pineapple, and brown sugar. Has little to no lacing, and no real head. Enjoyed in a tulip glass on draft. Very flavorful.
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet malty pear, apple, pineapple, and spice aroma. Tastes of pear, pineapple, allspice, and grape, with a tangy wine-like finish. Bright medium bodied palate. Quite good.
mikedR (731) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice sweeter Belgian, with unusual winter-style spicing. Only criticism is the ABV is unnecessarily high and not masked well. This brew would be better at 8-ish ABV instead of 11.5.
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SSSteve (3552) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hazy gold with small white head. sweet, pineapple juice aroma. lightly tart pineapple flavors. full bodied. lots of residual sugar. moderate carbonation. cinnamon and ginger in the finish. lots and lots and lots of pineapple.
DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, shared by Jay. Mildly hazy golden color. Good white head, good lace. Awesome nose that is very much pineapple upside-down cake. Taste is awesome tangy straight-up pineapple juice. There’s a hint of the alcohol, but it had me guessing 9%, not 11.5%, wow. Not too big of a body, dry texture, good light carbonation, more crisp, really. That pineapple citrus kind of adds a refreshing aspect to it. Very tasty. Doing a pineapple beer is a really creative and appropriate way to do the ’5 golden rings’ verse, and I think they did a really impressive job with it