Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a fairly clear straw-colored yellow, with a large, dense white head. The nose shows fairly prevalent character of what initially seem to be earthy European noble hops, with indications of the use of piney American hops beginning to come through as the beer warms. These aromas, paired with the Belgian yeast esters, create an interesting melange of notes. The palate shows the spritzy, palate cleansing, dry, and slightly spicy character of the best examples of the Belgian Golden Strong style; with the addition of a substantial amount of flavor hops in the mid-palate and finish. The general feel of the beer is complex and layered, but the flavors didn’t always seem to perfectly match one another; especially with regard to using west coast hop in quantity in the beer’s flavor profile. Overall, very interesting and nicely executed, as with many of the beers from this excellent brewery.
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i really enjoyed this one, nice and crisp, dry with nice bitterness and nose. definitely worth trying
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at CL Rosso release. Pours hazy gold with a yeasty aroma, fruit, citrus, a bit of lemon and herb. Dry and tart, very interesting. Wasn’t really a big fan of this one.
Cybercat (4986) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is crisp and fruity with a firm yeasty overtone - and a bit of a nip. It pours a clear, bubbly golden yellow with a thick and fairly persistent white head that leaves some respectable lacing. Crisp, fruity flavor is rather sour, yet has a sweet undertone, as well as a woody hint of hops. Texture is milk-smooth, a bit thick and rather tingly. Mischief indeed! This is a worthy brew.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy yellow pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast sweet honey citrus a bit of something boozy? Kind of a schizophrenic beer. Too sweet not very hoppy. Yeast character was there but mild. Not very good. Couldn’t finish the last half of my glass as this became undrinkable as it warmed.
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 40°. Color is a light golden with a slight haze. Carbonation is light with a frothy white head. Aroma is a nice fruity Belgian yeast scent. It has a lighter medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor has a little gain and sweet corn followed by a touch of hop spice and citrus then a mild bitterness. After taste is crisp with the citrus and spice lingering with just a hint of alcohol. Overall is a very good brew, well balanced with good flavors and very easy drinking.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
transparent gold, thick, puffy white head. Heavy citrus, solvent, corn/tortilla grains. Flavor is overly sweet, old hops, washed out, orange skins and plastic. Fizzy body, overcarbed, underattenuated.
Sammy (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful marriage of blonde and hoppiness. Mild hop aromas, rich nose of malt. Golden blond with lots of off-white head. Just magnificient drinkability, the hot weather and the food made the moment perfect. Above average mouthfeel.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Leon’s. Cloudy golden with a thin yellowish head. Scent is hops and grainy. Taste is citrus and straw with a light bitter finish.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with friends. Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of head. Nose is very sour. Taste is light, sweet, and bone dry. Finishes crisp. Great sour.