ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nose is pretty decent with a nice amount of fresh citrus hops. The taste however, is stale grainy malts, lots of sweetness (wow, another underattenuated bruery beer...), light bitterness. Body is fairly watery. Blah.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky golden-orange with a thick white head and really nice lacing. Aroma is very fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, and some mango. Flavor is sweet and alcoholic. Palate is a bit flat. The real winner here is the aroma. Overall a disappointment.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle @Suttree’s Nothing else to do TN Gathering. Thanks Phil-pours a dissipating white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is sweet light malt-caramel, pine hops. Taste is sweet light malt-caramel, pine/spice hops,yeast.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL Pours a gorgeous hazy brownish yellow with yeast chunks and a thick, yet thin white head that leaves just insane lacing down the Westvleteren glass. Nose on this is absurd: beautiful fresh West Coast hops, dank weed, pineapple juice, Malibu rum. Whoa. In the body, the 8.5% is nice and well balanced- not boozy- and gives some depth to a beer not overwhelmed by Belgian candi sugar (cough cough Duvel). There is some mild tartness and citrus in the flavor too. Would pair well with fish- grouper maybe. Just really was impressive. A big surprise.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 with very nice looking label pouring up clear deep gold with copper hues and one inch off white head. The aroma has sweet notes of orange and grapefruit blending into Belgian yeasty spices and ripe red apples. The taste is smooth and refreshing where assertive orange and grapefruit hop flavor take center stage with modest levels of yeasty spice and ripe red apples carve out a pleasing supporting role. I get no sense of the ABV. I’m not a Belgian IPA style fan unless it is way IPA like this one. Very tasty brew with lots of apple and citrus flavor and almost no hop bitterness.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of Tarheels86 - thank you sir! Murky orange color, thick white head that lasts, good lacing. Aroma of fresh hops and citrus. Massive body, nice hop profile, not over-the-top, lemony toward the middle, gentle bitter finish. A winner.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour with small white head. Aroma is citrus, pepper, lemon grass, some light grassy hops. Flavor is sweet and refreshing, very crisp grassiness with some citrus hoppiness, lemon zest, and just a flutter of white pepper and cardamom. Refreshing.
DrinkEmUpJones (1054) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks like bottled grapefruit juice when it’s poured--cloudy and almost opaque. Tangerine aromas. Smooth on palate, grapefruit acidity but well integrated, not like a lot of "lip puckering" bitter beers. Extremely refreshing, this is a delicious, spring beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh 750ml bottle, courtesy CheeseMan. Pours a mostly clear, medium golden-orange amber hue. A tall, off-white head of foam collapses to a small but lasting layer, leaving behind a soapy wash of scattered spots on the glass. The nose is very hoppy, showing notes of peppery lemongrass and mixed citrus over a clean grain malt base with a kiss of honey. The flavor is similar, hitting first with more zesty, peppery citrus hops, followed up closely by soothing, countering golden wheat malts and hints of honey. White toast comes to mind as well. Moderate in heft, the palate sports a lively, fine carbonation and a drying consistency, finishing quite peppery. Very solid brew. American hops meet toasty Belgian golden ale, and the result is a good one.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange, big white head. Awesome aroma of sweet winey and hoey mixed with northwest piney hops. Flavor is an almost perfet blend of sweet funky flavor and hoppy, bitter notes. Lots of Belgian note around the edges - funk, bubble gum, maybe some banana. Impressive.