JohnnyJ (4317) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear gold/orange, thin white head. Sweet malt, fruit, peach, bread, candy sugar, orange peel, belgian yeast, light pepper, and a touch of spice. Good beer, just a little overly sweet and cloying.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #1335/2157, sampled 8/7/08: Pours a clear deep golden with a thin-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty biscuity Belgian malts and authentic yeastiness. Starts fairly full and sweet with good doughy maltiness and light fruity esters toward a drier, slightly warming finish. A nice Belgian strong ale.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark, hazy golden orange color with some golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy yellowish beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Sweet and spicy aroma with hints of earthy grassy hops. Slightly medicinal and syrupy smelling with some floral notes in the nose as well. Hints of orange peel, and crisp light apple along with some zesty peppery spice.
Thick syrupy mouthfeel that is very medicinal tasting and cloyingly sweet. Lots of citrus and crisp light fruit, mostly apple and pear with some possible tangerine and subtle peppery spice. There’s also a strong sweet alcohol presence that produces a lot of heat and warmth in the finish. This beer is kind of a mess and actually tastes like a weak homebrew, not like a poor product from a commercial brewery. Very disappointing.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle number 431/2157 pours hazy burnt orange with a tall frothy off white head. Lemon peel, peach, yeast and alcohol in the nose. Sweet peach juice and bitter lemon peel mix with a peppery hot alcohol finish. The sweetness is not overbearing, but cloying with the alcohol going unoticed until the lengthy finish. Very nice brew.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to rallison. Thanks, Ryan! First pour was clear golden orange, but the second and subsequent pours were cloudy to murky orange. Nose of honey, cereal, orange peel, coriander, white pepper, Belgian sugar, some pear and peach notes, and more sugar and honey. Nose is nice, but damn this beer is sweet. Cloying and a bit overwhelming.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, nice lacing with quickly diminishing retention. The aroma is fruity, peaches and apricots with some spices. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are orange and peaches, pears and other fruit. Hops are floral and earthy. Nice spices. Lots and lots of small carbonation bubbles. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the ’09 RBPTE, courtesy of MrChopin. Bubble gum and honey, cereal, toffee and a bit of BandAid. Dull light amber body with frothy off-white lacing head. Full bodied, sticky, with medium carbonation. Boozy and sweet, almost like a tripel, with a very light bitterness that doesn’t really dampen the sweetness. Pretty good.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Captain Lawrence during the release of Smoke from the Oak Apple Brandy Barrel. Think Chris from BA brought this one. Pours a just hazed amber with a thin white head. Light isopropyl and green apple. Very sweet, lots of honey flavors along with some soft pear. Rather cloying and hard to drink. I still think Patrick Rue is a very cool guy though.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 1459/2157. Purchased from Lone Hill Liquor. Poured a light golden color no head. Taste of sweet sugar, pears, Belgian yeast and some spices. Medium carbonation. Overall very enjoyable.
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma was sweet, candy sugar, pepper and alcohol. Flavor was a bit fruity, some yeast little spiceness and a very detectable alcohol presence, but not completely overwhelming