Heathen (1500) - 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.
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. I thought for sure this would be an oxidized mess. It is fantastic. The aroma is sweet, some cooking spices, fruity. The flavor is slightly tart, cinnamon, ginger, soft bready malt character. There are signs of oxidation, light cardboard, mustiness. I would drink this sooner then later.
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear golden with minimal head. The aroma has honey and orange zest. The taste is fairly sweet orange juice, light pineapple, a bit cloying.
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) golden body, fine white bubbles. Nose of stonefruit, sweet, graham crackers, pineapple, apricot, peach, complex as hell. Taste of sweet fruit, peach, apricot, cotton candy, quite sweet but a really nice beer.
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Probably my least favorite so far (of the 4 I’ve had) but they’re all close. This will have better potential for aging than I thought before trying it. 3 & 4 have actually improved with age! The combo of pineapple and spicy/bubble-gummy belgian yeast is pleasant for sure, but a little too in your face to be as enjoyed as the last few Bruery holiday releases. Reminiscent of a stronger Mana Wheat. This’ll be interesting in 2013/2014."
DedicatedToFun (3055) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, orange pour, off white head, nose is caramel and cinnamon, taste is boozy, more caramel, nice.
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
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jfb (4081) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle) murky orange colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and alcohol, with a hint of nettles and cheesecake. flavour is mostly caramel and grape juice, with a heavy sweetness, lots of alcohol, some lemons and brown sugar. medium- to heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
AdamJackson (2878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light orange lots of fruit and pineapple aroma. Smells like a fruit salad. Boozy finish. Lots of fruit juice. Pineapple and apple and clove. This is solid. Abv is decently hidden.
AirForceHops (3522) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle RS purchase. Color is a mostly clear orange with a tiny ring of head. Aroma is a metric ton of pineapple with light cinnamon.
Flavor is a lot of pineapple, an array of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and Ginger)
I really don’t enjoy ginger root and I have that flavor here. The body is medium the a sweet fruity finish. The ABV is pretty well hidden of course I can only taste pineapple and spice. I’m about to compare right against the Bourbon Barrel version. I hope the BBA gives this a better complexity.
Travlr (13408) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Hazy golden color, small white edge head. Aroma of boozy pineapple. Taste is boozy pineapple. Too big for me.