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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 12, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This appropriately fluffy Belgian Strong Ale juxtaposes bubblegum, flowers, toasted malts and hop resins in a profile which could be better defined.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam sits atop the hazy amber glow.
-High levels of big bubbles wash away every sip effortlessly.
-The aroma is coarse and not engaging at all, especially for what is supposed to be a single-hop showcase.
-The hops aren’t bright enough; is this beer too old already?
-Straight yeast flavors get in the way of hops and malt.
-This is not nearly as good as their Westkust Imperial Black IPA.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1191) - Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2014
On draught at Roscoe’s. Slightly amber golden color. Aroma is rhubarb, simple syrup, and ripe peaches. Taste is peach, tropical citrus, sweet syrup, pepper, and raspberries. Sticky sweet, but not offensively so. Aftertaste is light spice and peaches in syrup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1363) - WALES - JUN 22, 2014
Keg at the Kings Arms Bethnal Green. Clear orange, slightly sparkling, small white head. Aroma - caramel, musty, slight bubblegum and touch of sourness. Body is medium, quite foamy. Taste is rum and coke up front, cardboard, booze, tequilla with salt. Brought up memories of some long forgotten cocktails. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (3578) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 750ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, amber colour with huge, thick, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Hoppy aroma covers a wide range of fruity flavours, gooseberry, red berries, rhubarb, overripe peach, grapefruit, also a sweaty, resinous, cheesy touch, peppery, spicy hints of yeast. Taste is slightly sweet bready, yeasty, subtle hints of overripe yellow stone fruit, some toffee in the finish. Belgian elaborateness reconciles with a self-inflicted, supposable loss of hop freshness due to cellaring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2014
Draft @ Fermentoren, Copenhagen. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dry hoppy aroma with weak hints of caramel. Sweetish malty spicy hoppy bitter flavor with yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5174) - ITALY - MAR 23, 2014
bel ambrato schiuma media discreta persistenza buona nota luppolata in bocca piu msltsta melassa resinosa agrumata leggera radice pompelmo bianco amato piuttosto intense leggere note etiliche discreto corpo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (1999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2014
750 ml bottle at home, poured into a tulip glass. ABV 9% Deep orange copper, towards even red maybe, quite cloudy body that seems to clear after a while, revealing slow activity in it. Tall off-white head, thick, with very good retention. Heavy lacing curtains around the glass after the foam has collapsed. Aroma of malts, some caramel, light alcohol, peach, apricot, light lemon grass notes. Nice aroma but it smells more like a Tripel rather than an IPA and it seems that the sorachi ace hop hasn’t added much or -more possibly- has faded, it is an almost two year old beer after all. Taste is also malty with lots of caramel, the alcohol more than notable, a bit of yeast, peaches. Again, reminds me more of a tripel. Light bitterness on the aftertaste with short duration. Medium body, good carbonation. Well, too bad, I didn’t get to taste it when it was younger, now it’s still a nice beer, just not what I think it was when it came out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maus (30) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2014
Poured from a 0,75l bottle. Head is exquisite, but nose is quite faint. Most of the hops have faded away. Overall taste is good, excellent bitter-caramel balance. A great IPA, just would have enjoyed a fresh one more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3163) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2014
On tap @ Henrik. This one pours a really deep cloudy dark orange, almost amber colored body with a small quickly islandy off-white head. Sweet sticky malty caramel nose with tones of nuts, paint thinner, ripe sweet fruits, alcohol and sweet syrupy date juice. Quite powerful aroma in this and its not bad at all! It has lots of ripe sweetness in the taste as well. Below average on the carbonation and oily in the mouth. Had thought it wold be more sticky sweet in the taste, but it’s quite balanced. The sweetness from the dark boiled down fruits and berries are present. I get a little bit of wood and woodwork near the finish. Grassy bitterness and yeast ends this one of. Yeah, nice stuff. 12.10.2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2014
75 cl bottle from beergium.com approx 64dkk. clear dark golden, large dark yellowish and brownish head. mild aroma, slightly malty, very very faint hoppy, flavor is malty, boozy, slightly hoppy, pretty bland and boring, palate is very smooth however, overall a disappointing beer, neither belgian nor hoppy,just boring malts and a whiff of stale hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
corkyrory66 (512) - BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2014
Un troubadour est parti se promener au Japon et a ramené du houblon Sorachi... Il l’a mis dans une grande bouteille qui titre à 9 % abv... OK Mais, mais cette bouteille n’est même pas bouchonnée .. Mais mais les arômes sont très mêlés et ne peuvent prétendre à une ligne directrice !!! Couleur ambre soutenu à roux clair. Pas jojo. Léger voile de brume. Bulles pas vives du tout. Mousse par contre très jolie, beige moyen, à cratères. Arômes de houblon vague, muscade et cannelle mêlés (!), croute de pain gris rassis. 1ère bouche plutôt liquide, sur un malt brûlé, avec une pointe de tabac, des épices de super marché. Arrière-bouche plus maltée. 2ème nez de prune et riz, avec une nuance d’eau de cuisson. 2ème bouche assez étrange, pas très distinguée, avec des saveurs difformes. 3ème bouche où une certaine fusion se produit, sans distinction malgré tout … Arrière-bouche un peu sur le risotto de gargotte. La longueur commence sur le poireau, caoutchouc avec une pointe de pomme de pin. La levure est correcte, assez linéaire mais belle. L’alcool est correct mais que soutient-il ? La finale montre un tout petit sursaut sur l’ensemble, mais trop tardif …. Conclusion ; une bière indistincte et non distinguée … une bière qui a amalgamé ce houblon japonais sans réfléchire à l’harmonie. Eventuellement à déguster levure incluse, mais je ne suis même pas sûr que ceci sauve la mise.

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