jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerryís. Clear, light copper with good, creamy, beige head / Soft nose of spun sugar, resin, and citrus / Medium to full body, sweet and syrupy, but with good hop balance and dry, lightly bitter finish / Perfumed, rich but elegant, flavors of candied orange, banana, apple, clover honey, straw, caramel, cloves, and coriander / Very nice in a big style.
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!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.
jmikolich (1477) - 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.
zebra (1802) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
orange like a tiger. but not striped. but would stripes be preserved in a jelly? our waiter had no idea, either.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, 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 itís 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. Iím excited to see what the barrel version shows. Overall, itís solid yet a bit tame and not all that complex, perhaps a bit muttled. Ok. Not a beer Iíd expect from the guys at FFF.
brian60625 (746) - 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 youíre bound to pay for it.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange color whispy head w/ good lace
Light caramel, citrus, apricots, Graham crackers, and a touch of pineapple
flavor like aroma with a bit more cracker. Finish is dried apricots and grass.
I enjoyed it, but found it a a bit one note and it saturates my taste buds as I drink it and I seem to enjoy each step a little less than the last.
Chasing this with a dreadnaught showed me how far from truly excellent it was...
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy amber pour with slight head and big Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is bready caramel, spicy esters, and a long complex finish. Body is medium/full, creamy, medium carbonation, long finish. Overall, pretty decent.
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. pour at The Beer Trappe. Pours a cloudy orange with white lacing. The aroma is spiced for sure with hints at coriander, citronella, apricot, clove and more light fruits. The palate gets sticky after a few sips. The flavor has some papery hops peek through with more spices and a little citrus. Finish starts to get tough as the sticky, fruity thing snowballs. Itís aight.