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Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale. White very rich foam, small bubbles. Very hoppy, spicy, fruity flavour and full, heart warming body. Brewed at first at Van Steenberge, now brewed at Koningshoeven - La Trappe brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2006
this is so not a ipa its a it has very little hop action going on it tastes like a regular belgian strong than ia ipa has some spice and hiphops sad it smells like salami and i cant say that i disagreed no desire to drink again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Sampled from draught at Zythos Beer Festival 2006.
A hazy orange golden brew with a foamy snow white head. Hay and a note of hop in the aroma with a spicy touch, reminds me of a hoppy ice tea if there is such thing. Fruitsugar dominates the flavor with some yeast as well. The flavor is pretty odd, it is rather sweet but has a heavy hoppyness also. Somewhat cloying from the sweetness, but still interesting and also pretty innovative for Belgian standards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2006
Hops just slide along the sides of the tongue. Something like a very hoppy trippel. Poured with a nice head - two fingers in a tulip glass. Hint of lemon grass, and, I like to think, apricot. Spice notes escape me. Most of that belgian candy sweetness has departed. Good, in this instance. So, relatively dry. I’d put this up against most double IPAs for hoppiness and enjoyability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (4716) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2006
Shared this bottle with jerohen. Hazy golden color, big white head. Aroma is spicy, grainy, hops, bit fruity. Taste is very hop bitter, as expected, some wheat. Nicely balanced and alcohol is well hidden. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006
Clear gold, huge white head that lasts and laces beautifully. Nice floral hop and spicy hop aroma, although not like many of the big hopped American beers. That’s not meant as a criticism, however. Nicley balnced flavor with more of the hop character coming in over a light and slightly sour malt palate. Based on the head and the slightly sour flavor, I suspect there’s some malted wheat in the mix. Finishes lightly bitter and very refreshing. Nothing overpowering here, just nice balance in a very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (1963) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 Golden coloured, big white head. Herbal hoppy aroma, some fruit, pretty complex, very nice nose. Flavour is less complex than aroma, hops dominate. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer, but it could use some more complexity in flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2006
Pours light golden with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is very fresh, herbal hoppiness, orange peel., cantaloupe, apricot, wildflowers, chamomile, and a bit of sweaty yeast. Taste is lighty sweet with herbal bitterness, estery notes of honey, and a slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, sticky, and resinous with lush carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2006
Massive white head, rocky, with a coating lace. Gold colored brew, some rather large floaties here. Nose is lightly musty, spicey, grassy. Body is medium, tangy. Saaz hops dominate, largely grassy with some underlying malts, fruity, earthy, vinous notes as well. Finish is dry, solid hop bite, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2006
Draught at My Place, Newtown, CT: Big, soft, pillow-like head that lasted the whole beer, plenty of strong lace holding the glass together...this is hop heaven for the Belgian strong ale lover.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (12721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Bottled. Served by Hildegard, the brewer. Golden beer with a nice offwhite head. Aroma is mostly hops, but also candi-sugar sweetness. The flavor has of course a lot of bitterness, it’s 80 IBU’s, but also candi-sugar and alcohol. A full-bodied astringent beer. Rating: 7-4-8-4-16-3.9. 060328

Bottle, 75cl corked. It pours a clear, sparkling, golden body under a thick, dense, white head that diminishes too fast. The sediments in the bottle only poured in the last glass. Some curtains occur. Nice, hoppy nose, resins and some citrus, with an underlying sugary sweetness. Some cellar-notes, or cork. Quite fruity, mostly banana. The flavor is a lovely blend of citrusy, resiny hops, sugary sweetness and fruits. Good bitterness lasting for a long time. Dries up a bit towards the end, quite sweet initially. Full-bodied and effervescent. A dangerously easy drinking beer, as it is very refreshing, probably due to the hop profile. Definately a beer to drink more of. 100305

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