MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Four pack purchased at the local grocery store. Poured into a nice wide mouth glass this has a perfect clear golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is full of coriander, ginger, orange and some mild yeast and sugar notes. The palate is superb. The perfect balance between the viscosity involved with such a beer, the heavy syrup-inducing sweet flavors and the bite that comes with the hops and the alcohol. It leave the tongue with this perfect orange blossom-velvety softness, but still manages to come back with a slight crispness to it. I know this might be heresy, but I prefer this to the Siberian Night. This is a fantastic beer.
bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that didnít stay around for too long. Lacing is decent. The beer smells like peppery spice, yeast, peaches and citrus. However, the aroma is somewhat weak (but nice) so itís a bit hard to notice all the scents in this brew, Iím sure I missed some. Taste is similar to the aroma, the beer tastes like pepper, yeast, citrus, tropical fruit and a little bit of alcohol and cloves. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent. Overall I think this brew is OK, but thereís really nothing that impressed me about it at all. But itís certainly worth a try.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fancy, attractive bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours slightly hazy deep golden... almost clear, really, but minute particles floating evenly throughout. Relatively weak and brief head. Nose is really lovely... crisp green apples, orange peel, lemon, yeast, and dough. Maybe a bit of hay. Tastes similar but watery overall, as is the palate. Just seems to fall flat at the end of the taste...
BigBeer45 (1230) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a hazy deep gold pour with little orange hues (there were floaties swirling around), hardly gave a head that flattens to a ring, there was a little effervescence, it appears that this ale has little carbonation, this ale left nice lacing on the glass, I think there would be more of it if there was more carbonation,
aromas of apples, faint orange and lemon fruit citrus, has a cake and bread dough sweetness with faint peach and floral-herb fragrances,
flavors of orange, peach and banana with bread and fruit sweetness, the finish does have some pepper on the tongue,
not as tart or dry as I find in better Trippels,
mouth feel is a little more than medium with some creaminess,
the 10% alcohol is hidden well in this beer and is a sneaker of an ale but this beer lacked carbonation and more carbonation would have help this drink, the head was much less than expected and lacing was good but could have been much better, not a bad Trippel but it could have been better.
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with a decent sized head of off-white foam and many bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Aromas are a pleasant mix of light fruit (pear and peaches come to mind), cloves, honey and a little bit of a grassiness. Flavor is sweet (honey and light fruit) with a pretty good spiciness to it. Cloves and a vague herbal presence help add some complexity to the mid-palate, while the sweetness seems to hide the ABV nicely. Itís thick and kind of sticky, but not bad.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Sample Date: 11/17/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Spicy hop and yeast phenolics over moderate caramel sweetness in aroma. Medium golden mostly clear with small white head. Fairly sweet flavor, caramel with spicy hop and yeast notes. Finish is sweet with moderate bitterness.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/17/2009. Mostly clear golden body with a medium creamy white head. Sweet pale malt and light Belgian spice aroma. Belgian spice and pale malt flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Translucent amber-orange body, thin off-white head. Strong fruity aroma with pear and white grape, a touch of pineapple, and clove, sweet and biting. Warming alcohol permeates the palate, which features grape, pear, clove and pepper, in addition to hints of band-aid. This beer was a pairing of heat with somewhat cloying fruit notes. Something about this did not seem substantial.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden colored pour with a small, frothy, white head. The aroma is yeasty, sweet banana with a little clove and lots of alcohol. The flavor is heavy on the bubblegum/banana esters with sticky sweet pear and peach notes. It finishes with big alcohol and a fair amount of clove. The body is full and creamy with just enough carbonation to cut through the heavy sweetness and refresh for the next sip.
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tap at beer engine. pours a clear golden copper with a small offwhite head. notes of caramel, candied sugar. booze is well hidden. too sweet and sugary. this is okay, not good enough to make me want to drink it again.