KyotoLefty (5785) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by TimE. Glowing amber-orange, nice head. Oxidized, estery nose, spice, ginger, orange, honey, grains. Very fizzy, with alcohol and some metals, peach, esters, ginger. Nice, but the 2004 blew it away.
reebtogi (3794) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked bottle pours a dirty amber color with a 2 finger light beige head that retains well and eventually settles to some spotted lacing. Aroma is dark fruits and some light roasty bitterness with some light hops bitterness and malty sweetness and yeasty finish. Modest carbonation and medium to heavy body with a little alcohol provide a tingling warming sensation on the palate. A very nice example of the style.
superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled December 2009. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a nice 2 finger light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, candi sugar, plum, raisin, apricot, molasses, biscuit, apple, and yeast spices. Some nice and interesting aromas. Taste of caramel, plum, apple, molasses, gold raisin, candi sugar, biscuit, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking for 10%; with only a slight warming on the finish noticed. Good balance of flavors and spiciness. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale. Interesting mix of flavors that come together very well.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky orange with a lightning fast dissipating white head. Aroma of bready maly, yeast, alcohol, brown sugar and fruit peels. Taste of yeast, fruit, light pepper and mild alcohol. Dry and sudsy with a bit of alcohol burn.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold/copper and hazy with some beige head. Aroma is belgian yeast with some brown sugar, dark fruit, candy. Hint of sweetness and fruity taste with a light tartness. Very solid, don’t notice the alcohol, finish is a bit sweet.
zdk (1805) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by murphym45 - doughy yeast, caramel malts and smooth. Toffee malts and fruity candy. Big chunky malts. Does not pair well with mexican food, but good on it’s own.
mcberko (5195) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, pours amber orange with an off-white head. Aroma of yeast, cinnamon and molasses underneath that fights through to the forefront eventually. Flavour of licorice, mint, yeast, sweet dried fruits and molasses. The aging has certainly done it well. Exquisite.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is hazy orange-amber with a medium sized pearly head. A bit grainy on palate. Aroma is beautifully mature combo of bubble gum, yeasty spice, sherry, rum-soaked cherries. Flavor follows suit, a bit of autolyzed yeast creeping in. Great depth overall, profound dried fruit and yeast complexities. Integrates alcohol well.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A sweet, boozy sipper, highly typical of the brewer. Bronze with a lasting head. Aroma of ripe fruits. Thick mouthfeel. Tasty stew of souring summer fruits. Nice but no real departure from the brewer’s standard range. Bottle
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.
S: Definitely a lot of oxidation happening here. Stale sugar, particularly brown sugar, with some cardboard. A fairly potent orange peel note, which is actually nice.
T: This is intensely sweet, but I suppose it works out alright. Lots of fruit character such as oranges, pears, apples, maybe strawberries. Some caramel, too, just for good measure. It’s still quite oxidized, despite what good flavors that are there.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.
D: Despite the flaws, this one wasn’t horrendous. Some decent points to it, which was pleasant in what was a lackluster lineup overall.