orangesol (451) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past.
Yet again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try.
A - Pours amber red with a small film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving little to no lace down the glass.
S - Smells of banana, green apples, pears, bubble gum, anise and honey sweetness. The nose on this one is surprisingly pleasant.
T - Flavors are nearly identical to the nose with some caramel and toffee sweetness thrown in for good measure. There is some light oxidation at the end of each sip but it isn’t as much as I was expecting. Finish is fruity with some lingering sweetness, clinging to the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with very little carbonation. Slick, sticky feel with a good amount of booze still hanging around the edges.
O - While this one is definitely past its prime it still has quite a few interesting flavors to keep me interested. I thought this one would be a total mess but I am actually surprised how well it has held up.
5000 (4962) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Somewhat of a ruby grapefruit color, amber hued, moderate spritzy off-white head, spotty lacing.
Nose of aged cheese and fruity candy.   Somewhat of an odd duck.   Otherwise there is this sweet honeysuckle
breadiness.   Bright bready flavors up front.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Not a floral or spritzy Tripel.
Bready, with an aged cheese sort of aspect.   Dull pale fruitiness lingers.   Seems like a bastardized version
of most American Tripels.   The cheese aspect reminds me of Deschutes Mirror Mirror.   Lingering dull fruity candy
like flavors.   Odd duck, thats for sure.
womencantsail (6859) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours a slightly hazed orange color with a thin and short lived white head, though there are plenty of carbonation bubbles on the glass.
S: Smells like pure candy. Intensely sugary with lots and lots of banana notes. A bit of a floral honey note and some other sweet/overripe fruits, perhaps some pears. Strong herbal aroma, especially anise and perhaps sage.
T: Lots of sweet sugar, caramel, and brown sugar flavor. A bit of a white grape flavor and some other intensely sweet fruit flavors. The anise character is a bit more subdued, but it comes through more and more as the beer warms up.
M: Medium in body with a somewhat low carbonation.
O: I wasn’t a huge fan of the anise flavor in this beer. It seems to just take over. Luckily there wasn’t any booze presence, which is surprising for an 11% beer.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Troy G. for the tick. Cloudy orangish-amber color with a small fading off-white head and lots of floaties in the beer. Nice aroma, evident of a big beer. Honey and white wine, citrus peel, anise, sugar, and Belgian yeast. The flavor is rather spicy with a sweet malt base, honey and sugar, caramel, orange, spices, and molasses. Medium-full bodied with some booziness remaining after three years of age. Some alcohol warming. I expect this beer is probably a little better now than it was young. It’s not a standout, but it’s enjoyable and definitely does the trick as far as getting some good ol’ CH3CH2OH into your system.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a Troegs growler into my brand new Mad Elf Chalice. This is the first glass from the growler bought on Friday 7/25. I am drinking this as I review it.
A- Body is a thick, cloudy, glowing bright amber hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy off-white (rusty) head which quickly disappears completely. No lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is very thick and uniform. When held up to the light this beer glows bright orange. This would have perfect Belgian Strong Amber appearance-if it had SOME head retention.
S- The first scent that come through for me is anise, which is strange because I have never noticed anise in the scent of a beer this light before. A strong exotic fruit fragrance comes through with a boatload of sugar and booze. The nose comes through as incredibly sweet with a kick of phenols to balance it.
T-Exotic fruit flavors come through the carbonation and are first to arrive with a hint of anise to mix in.There soft, mildly sweet, and big yeast backbone. A big sugary sweetness, citrus flavors, a cinnamon spiciness and a splash of piny hops kick in for the finish. These flavors fade as an alcohol warmth and bitterness linger along with a nice cinnamon spiciness.
P- Body is well carbonated upfront but the carbonation vanishes and the mouthfeel becomes incredibly smooth and velvety on the swallow. Body weight is medium with yeast and alcohol consistencies coming through.
O- This is a very nice and unique interpretation of a Grand Cru. I really appreciate the use of Nugget hops as opposed to the floral hops that are generally used for this style. It makes it less bitter and more refreshing on the finish. I would have rated this a bit higher if the alcohol was hidden a little better. It just needs to age more...and I’m not going to age a beer in a growler.
I stopped at Troegs on Friday on my home from vacation. Its a 3.5-4 hr drive from my house but is one of my top 3 American craft breweries. I picked up this growler and a growler of Mad Elf. I would have bought a case of this-but I didn’t know how much I was going to like it. But I guess I don’t travel as fast as the Troegs...who only distribute in a 3 hr driving radius.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 07-28-2008 18:09:18
Ungstrup (26193) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of sweet malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of spices - espeically cinnamon, combined with medium notes of malt. The alcohol leaves a burn in the mouth. Thanks CaptainCougar for coming to Denmark and sharing this.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to alldeybrewin for this! Pours hazy rusty burnt orange with a very small bubbly head. Aroma is certainly out there with notes of peppermint, bigtime yams, licorice, citrus, and sweet Christmas bread. The spice doesn’t let the yeast shine. Tastes big and sweet with dominate brown sugar, yams, cotton candy, mint, licorice, bitter citrus, and it does not blend together that well. Finishes with yam and sugar saturating the mouth and the gentle sweetened toast finish does nothing to cut through. Carbonation is low and the body seems watery, hot, sticky, and cloying all at once. This is interesting, and it COULD work, but it didn’t this time. Too much spice, not enough yeast presence, too little hops, annoyingly sweet (I usually like sweet, but this beer does not manage its flavors well).
Theis (11061) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Cloudy yellow - white head. Spicy, caramel, nutmeg, toasted, light watery, licorice yeasty, honey, fruity, apples, light watery. OK.
KimJohansen (10342) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 Hazy amber with a tiny white head. Sweet peachy aroma with mild hoppy and yeasty notes. Flavour was sweet and malty with caramel and anise notes.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle and served in my Chimay chalice: Murky amber orange hue with a small fading head, some lace. The aroma has notes of Belgium candi sugar and yeast, juju, peppermint and anise, orange peel and apricot, some heavy soggy malty grains, and a hint of medicinal iodine. The taste starts, well sweet and fruity and pretty much never changes. Minimal depth of palate honestly,Some spice comes about during the interesting finish. The mouth feel is slick and oily with a metallic finish. U know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen, same thing here, too many components and none make a clear and pronounced arrival. I hoped some aging would help but alas it did not. There are some nice qualities buried under the muddled mess.