jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a caged cork 750ml. brown bottle with an blurb and info on the back of bottle, no bottled/freshness date, poured into a Urthel chalice.
Made a good appearance, poured a chill hazy pale Belgian golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin foamy lacing, minimal amount of sticking, good carbonaton.
Had a dry Belgian yeasty, a spicy, peppery and herbal hoppiness and a sweet pale malty nose.
A crisp, textured and smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Dry yeasty, spicy, peppery and herbal hoppy taste, smooth and rolling in itís bitterness and very Belgium/European in itís hop taste, a balancing sweet barley, dry crackerish maltiness, and a dry yeasty and malty Belgian ale finish with a soft lingering hoppiness in the palate, the alcohol warmth doesnít really kick in until the end.
For what the brewer was trying to achieve, a Belgian IPA, I think she was very successful, different from a west coast, Great Lakes/midwestern, east coast or English IPA, a uniquely Belgian IPA.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Bottle at ít Bruge Beerje. Hazy pale orange, clean white cap of foam. Mint aroma, cool spring soil, like digging for earthworms on the first day of trout season. A nice touch of bubblegum. Lovely cool herbal hop flavor, delicate like cloud vapors over a field of dew-covered mint, rosemary, tobacco. Etherial palate, just evaporates with a dramatic *poof*. Beautifuly hidden strength. Simply a lovely beer.
Previous Rating: 5/15/2006 Sampled this with Alaskanwarren at the Falling Rock. Beautiful copper pour with a tall, persistent cap of creamy, sticky white head that lasts through the whole glass. Very light caramel with a fresh floral, earthy quality. There is also something of a coppery in the aroma, which in this case is oddly pleasant. Surprisingly minty, lightly spicy, a touch of sweetness, and a bold wash of peppery flavor to the finish that somehow makes me think of pepto bismal. Light, delicate palate. I really enjoyed the surprises of this beer. Lots of components that I would usually consider "off" that make a nice show here. (7/5/7/4 16)
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours golden with a large white head, that lasts until the last sip. Aroma of belgian spices, hops, citrus, fruit, and yeast. Flavor is sweet, smooth, spicey, citrus, yeast. Very nice. Good body, good brew.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed the spices in this one. I had it at the Falling Rock here in Denver. It poured like a saison and with a thick creamy white head.. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and spicy, with some earthy hops too. Taste is spicy, yeast, light and floral as well. tons of pepper on the finish, Felt a bit like a mix between a tripel and a saison. Excellent palate - very clean, surprisingly, just a hint of a chalkiness in the aftertaste. A good experience overall.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I did not think this was too amazingly different from other takes this brewery have made. Too damn spicy, they need to cool it with the spices, astringent and dry in the later parts of the pour. Overly saaazed up, if you will pardon the pun
Sammy (7733) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Leaf dry bitterness blended with a creamy Belgium. Very much foraminess in pour. Hoppy spicey aroma. I finished a 750 ml.Full mouthfeel.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy Belgian Ale? Yes! Superior? No
The front is all yeast and the back is all hops. The hoppy aroma is just lost in there. The flavor character of a Belgian Blond is lost a little here, as the two elements just donít blend well. This really reminds me of an imperial pils, with some belgian yeast. I guess that makes sense with the high dose of Saaz. Dry finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden body with a big-bubbled head. Much carbonation. The high alcohol is very well hidden with the semi-sweet and spicy flavor. Herbal and earthy notes along with a medium hop body. Nice, sweet and yeasty aroma, and delicately sweet finish.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a bright and fruity, typically belgian aroma, with pear, banana, some lemon zest - huge hoppiness dominates the flavor, initially, but then the sweeter, milder, more subtle belgian notes are allowed to show their face beneath the bracing hops - doughy, almost vanilla flavor comes in for the finish - between this and De Ranke XX, Iím looking forward to more hoppy belgian ales.
thedm (4853) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 25, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottled brew was corked and caged, marked 07LE, from Indianapolis. It poured an extremely large sized head of thick foamy white colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a very carbonated transparent slightly hazy orange colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was mildly doughy with malty notes and the mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a medium hop body.