mcberko (7438) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy, opaque dark orange with a towering beige head. Nose is quite herbal, with weird notes of what I can only describe as feet and body odour, some stale hops, and a biscuit malt backbone. Flavour is quite a bit better, despite the bottle’s age, and quite complex, with citrusy hops, dough and biscuit malts, and some yeasty notes. Didn’t realize the bottle’s age when I acquired this, as it was sitting on the shelves – I can imagine this would have been quite a bit more vibrant six or more months ago. Nevertheless, a nice Belgian-esque IIPA.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan, creamy head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a lightly hazed, bright red-pink stained, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied grapefruit zest, lots of cracker like whole grain malt, and an ample caramelized bread character. Touches of supporting, citrusy pine, fresh spruce tips, plus lots of extremely floral citrus blossom notes are also noticeable. This is well balanced in the nose between the ample hop character and the expressive malt notes.
Lightly sweet tasting, which accentuates lots of citrus hop character, the beer finishes with a nicely biting bitterness, a touch of catty herbal hop character and some green pine like notes. The finish also has a lot of yeast character to it that contributes an ample phenolic character with some clove, a slight plastic / medicinal notes, a soft mustiness, and some spicy higher alcohol notes. As the beer warms up the hop character, especially the citrus becomes a bit more prominent. The body of this beer is quite chewy and viscous, though it has enough lightness to be fairly quaffable. The malt character isn’t quite as noticeable as it is in the nose, but still contributes a pale malt sweetness, touches of whole grain cracker character, some bready notes, and some sweet, almost caramelized character.
The yeast spice and phenolics are a bit too sharp to make this beer quite as balanced as it should be; it definitely gets better as it warms up, but still is a bit too sharp and phenolic in the finish.
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this on tap at Mongoose versus Cobra in Houston, TX. A great hoppy beer with fruity, citrus notes.
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Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hazy yellow/orange colored beer, with a white thick head. The aroma of fruits like citrus with hops. The taste is fruity, citus and orange. There are hop bitters, with a little spices. The aftertaste of sweet fruits and bitter hops.
SudsMcDuff (6051) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a clue where i had this, Hay Merchant i think .. . Pours a deep gold .. good foam, lacing is quite good .. . crisp .. sweet pine, sap, and reduced sugar .. . i liked it .. . .
On the chest of a barmaid from Sale,
Was tattooed all the prices of ale.
Whilst on her behind,
For the sake of the blind,
Was precisely the same, but in Braille
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: a floating blanket of while cream slowly rises atop a dense blanched orange brew. Swirls with lace and thick clumps of foam.
Nose: orange cream soaked angel food cake. Lemon cake. Lemoncello and orangecello. Skinless whole white grapefruit. Mint leaf and dew-dropped generic forest greenery. Vibrant. Yeasty doughy spice in the middle – short and unobtrusive.
Palate: grabs my tongue and slaps it around with massive notes of orangecello and lemoncello. Spice comes in hard and fast right before the swallow with white pepper grains of paradise. Raw ginger leads into candied ginger. Ghostly esters of mint leaf and forest greenery flitter along the edges. Amidst it all and holding it all together is that wonderful Belgian yeasty doughy spiciness I love so much.
Final Thoughts: since my first tasting of this beer I have been lucky enough to savor another glass of this delicious brew. I hope that Brouwerij The Musketeers do as their label promises and release another Troubadour Magma Special Edition featuring another prominent and popular “American” hop for 2012. Until then, Cheers!
superspak (2903) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 8/4/2011. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, herbal, pine, mango, peach, pepper, pear, earth, honey, yeast spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity; intense and a bit resinous feeling. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, mango, pineapple, pine, pear, herbal, floral, pepper, honey, bread, earth, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit, pepper, pear, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice malt/hop flavor to peppery bitterness balance with no cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. Very big Cascade hop presence; with a good balance of Belgian complexity and fruitiness in the background. Very smooth to sip on for 9% as well. Highly enjoyable offering.
marcus (6850) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours golden with a huge off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a very dry caramel malt flavor that starts sweet with some sparkle and finishes bitter and spicy.
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Bridge. Pours a clear golden color with a small, wispy white head. Aroma of pine resin, candi sugar, bubble gum, sweet malts, and tropical and citrus fruits. The flavor doesn’t have quite as much fruit, but a good amount of sweetness and some husky grains. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and fairly low carbonation. Cool and unexpected to see this little one-off gem on tap in STL.
milewide (1593) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy amber color. Full body and foamy head. Belgium yeast flavor is nicely balanced with American hops. Alcohol enters taste. Worthwhile, but not worth the steep price!