brian60625 (701) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce tap at the Local Option. I liked how there was no strong alcohol kick. There was that weird sugary tonsil tickle that I usually associate with Bavarian creme donuts. Other than that frosting-like sensation, it was a pretty predictable and enjoyable Belgian, but not necessary bold enough to warrant the high price you’re bound to pay for it.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, and some citrus hops. Only an okay Belgian.
Theis (12123) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Three Floyds Brewpub. Murkey yellow - white head. Banana, cloves, yeasty, sweetness, phenolic, apples, bread, sugar, light light hoppy. Not good.
jmikolich (1292) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ 3F (25Mar2012) while normally completely put off by belgians my wife chose this one for me to drink, and she picked a winner.. just enough hop flavor to balance out the belgian yeast, and as this thing warmed up and i had more sips of it i really started to dig the melding of the flavors, this ones really good.
dinkle50 (835) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of bananas. Reddish cloudy pour. Hardly any head, could have been a bad pour. Taste is banana with a mild after taste very reminiscent of most Belgians. Tons of Belgian yeast going on here.
Hair6a11 (1227) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 On tap: pour is murky dark golden with a modest off white head in this plastic cup. The nose is fruit esters, banana, bready malts..... The flavor profile is Belgian sugars, Brown sugar, banana, bread, syrup.... It starts overly sweet, the Belgian yeast doesn’t shine through. I would say this was another average fff Belgian attempt.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Maria’s. Pours a hazy deep orangey amber with a frothy head that dissipates. Nose isn’t the best. Bit of plastic and pepper, soem fresh hopping, citrus and banana. Kind of all over the place. Noted alcohol as well. On the palate, it’s a bit muted. The yeast character kind of clouds it overall. Plenty of hop bitterness and toasty malt. Needs work in the fermentation department, which seems to be a theme for the Belgian styles.
deyholla (5374) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy peachy orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has sweet grains, flora and light fruit with a nice backing yeast note. Flavor has a good amount of sweet fruit with some backing citrus and a strong sweet grain backbone. Quite heavy.
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
S: slight opaqueness, gold-brown color, solid lacing
A: smells like a hefe, but dry; clove, banana, sticky
T: spicy, slight bitter, slight malty, biscuity, balanced
O: a cool beer, original, well balanced, good flavors, a unique brew definitely worth checking out!
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TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Tap House Grill (Plainfield, IL). Another new Belgian beer from FFF, which I hear most of which made it’s way into Chardonnay barrels. Kinda surprised that FFF put out 3 new beers and I tried them all at 3 different places, none of which were the brewpub. Pours a darker amber hue, some dark gold and firm orange glow, yet strikingly darker than anticipated. A frothy offwhite head sits atop, a firm layer that laces ok overall. Aromas are kisses of lemon rind, bready and crisp malts, a touch of biscuit and mellow toast. The biscuits dance in, being notable especially farther into the brew. Gentle touches of florals, grass, a mild yeasty spice. More citrusy lemon and orange rind come into focus, some mellow yet crisp sweetness, not venturing into a sweeter feel as expected. Dry hopping and gentle yeast spice, touch of apple. Initial is medium bodied a bit mellow up front, moving into citrus rind and gentle spice. A mellow crisp sweetness throws touches of banana, apple, and bread dough. Crisp and lighter, the sweetness comes in smaller spurts, as the finish gets a bit more rind and dry earthy and citrus hops. Overall, more on board for me, with a touch of heat coming into focus and slipping into the finish, mild spice, cool citrus rind, and mellow yeast. Overall, it can sneak up on you it seems into the finish. Sweetness is reeled back and much more my sdtyle, as far as the style goes. Not sweet or yeast driven. It is a touch hot into the finish. I’m excited to see what the barrel version shows. Overall, it’s solid yet a bit tame and not all that complex, perhaps a bit muttled. Ok. Not a beer I’d expect from the guys at FFF.