thornecb (4740) - 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 (3564) - 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 (593) - 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 (663) - 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 (1433) - 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.
DocLock (8400) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Frank Smith’. Pours turbid golden dark straw with 3-finger white head. Nose is great; orange marmalade, floral yeast, hops, honey. Tastes dry, very tangeriney, pineapply, hoppy, with florals and spices. Medium palate heft, very complex. This one is fabulous.
jefcon (1472) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a true gold with a nice, tall lacy head. Really rich aromas of bread, tangerine, sandalwood, lilac, rose. Good flavors up front. Lots of bitter floral hops, a nice light caramel malt. But towards the center of the palate, the beer gets really soapy and thin. Finishes a little bit like a cleaning product, before restoring the lilac and herbal notes from the aroma. Too much alcohol, to be sure. Slick and thin.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, grass, citrus, light Belgian yeast, fruit, light tropical fruit, pineapple, and lemon. Poured brown/blond/flaxen in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of hops, fruit, citrus, pineapple, light Belgian yeast, light grass, and some resin. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Hops, fruit, pineapple, and Belgian yeast finish is dry. On the sweet side.
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Taco Mac Metropolis. Pale gold, nice head. Aroma is a huge, fresh blast of citrus and pine hops, rather surprising actually. Some Belgian spice notes as well. Flavor matches. Palate is quite light - pale, almost biscuity malt is overwhelmed by hop flavors. Hop accents are not bitter, however, but instead are simply citrusy and a bit of pine. Reminds me a bit of what you get sometimes with a hombrew using Amarillo, with the focus on late additions as opposed to bittering hops up front. Some spicy Belgian yeast notes come through faintly as well. Interesting brew. Never would have guessed the ABV, as it simply doesn’t show.