BMan1113VR (7855) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with a huge white head that leaves great lace over a hazy golden body. Aroma of styrofoam at first, but that blows away leaving a very nice mesh of hops, a few tropical fruit and pine, belgian yeast, grass and pepper. Taste is peppery, and pleasantly soothing tropical fruit hops (amarillo? simcoe?) and nice belgian yeast. Fizzy and dry.
This beer needed time to warm up, my rating improved .3 after allowing it to warm.
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Bruery tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits a month or two ago. Pours a semi-hazy gold/orange with a thin off-white head. Nose of sweet malt, pine, orange and a touch of funk. Orange and grapefruit hoppiness up front, with some sweet malt character before a semi-funky yeasty finish.
glennmastrange (2250) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas of light bread, grain and roasted for the malt, flowers, spruce and lemon for the hops, dough and musty for the yeast, with background notes of apple, pepper and alcohol. Head is large, starts fizzy then turns into creamy/rocky, white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is muddy tannish amber. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and acidic, then the extra long finish is lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, dry and has a carbonation between soft and lively, and a moderately alcoholic and dry finish. A great mix of aromas , some sharp edges in the flavor, but this is one excellent Belgian Strong Ale.
popery (1402) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, home. Nice beer, somewhere between a BIPA and a Belgian Strong Ale. Good looking beer. Hazy yellow gold with a big white head. Lots of lacing. Yeasty, honey-ish, floral aroma. There’s a lot going on in the aroma. The malt smells of honey and sugar cane, the hops are sweet and floral, and the yeast is earthy and dry. Very good combination. The flavor starts sweet and fades to a yeasty dryness. Good Belgian character. Mild hop bite. A bit of a off-note from the grain but not bad. The yeast makes the mouthfeel a bit funny. It’s a bit much. Still, a good, interesting Belgian-style beer from The Bruery.
thornecb (4371) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep gold into a snifter. Bright white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Lemon and resin aromas. Sweet grass and citrus upfront turning to grapefruit in the lasting dusty finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a hazy, yellow-gold with a thick, soap-bubbly, white head and sticky lacing. aroma is excellent with tons of fresh, fruity notes of tangerine, nectarine, and sweet pink grapefruit with notes of candied apple, banana, and light floral hops with a hint of belgian spice. flavor is very tasty as well but maybe a bit of a letdown from the aroma with dry, grassy hops, lemon zest, orange marmalade, and light pear notes backed by bready yeast, light cloves, and biscuity malts. palate is medium bodied with high carbonation and a very dry, bitter, grassy finish. overall, a nice take on the belgian strong from the bruery crew.
beerbill (3384) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a fairly dense, moderate white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. Pleasant aroma of citrus along with some honey and Belgian yeast. The flavor is similar with citrus, honey and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is very well hidden. Enjoyable beer.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is candied hops, with pine, passionfruit, and lots of mango.
pours a very hazy yellow-orange with rocky white head.
flavor is sweeter, lots of fruitty hops and bright citrus.
medium-light body matches up well, and there’s a nice long bittersweet fruity finish. great stuff.
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow color with slight head and good lace. Slight floral aroma and flavor. Gets better as it warms. Hoppy bitter and noticeable grapefruit flavors. Yeasty spice and lingering aftertaste.
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Pours a very murky gold/rust color with a thick and foamy off-white head. A floral aroma that features loads of juicy tangerines, grapefruits, honey, and spice. Goes down medium to full-bodied and a bit creamy. The flavor starts with plenty of caramel and a bit of biscuity maltiness. Vanilla and creamy chai tea-like flavors follow. Grapefruits, orange rinds, and a hint of rye at the end. A drying finish that lingers. The perfect amount of warming booziness and spiciness throughout. A very nice surprise.