STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color of clear golden honey – head thick , and white – nose of yeast , spices , cloves , and slight hopps – taste is yeast , sourdough bread , mind bitter / sweet hopps – airy bright heavily carbonated body – aftertaste yeasty , bitter with earth tones
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Wow, really enjoyed this one. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a fluffy white, lasting head. Aroma is fragrant hops and Belgian yeast. Well balanced flavors with a good dose of hops and fruity esters as well. Malt backing and a dry finish made this a very enjoyable and intoxicating brew. Recommended!
Braudog (5972) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Draft at the Green Leafe Williamsburg: Bright golden with a gluey white head. Spicy on the edges with an undertow of hoppiness. Doesn’t come off quite right, but a fun experiment. Re-rated from a corked/caged bottle on 4/15/2007: Poured 100% white foam head and still erupted from the bottle for a while. Aroma is oddly like smoked sausage. Drinking thru the whipped cream head, I get the same basic impression as before; like a Belgian golden ale with an addition of American style hops. I’m upping my rating a bit ... this is good stuff.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the Belgian Room, HDG. Light golden with a big off white head. Aroma is fruit and spices. Taste is sweet and fruity, spicy, with a good hop presence.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very interesting beer, but not my cup of tea for sure. The Hop It! pours out a very light yellow color with a monster head. The aroma is full of flowery hops and corainder. The palate is full and creamy. Flavors are of herbal lemon, hops and coriander. A little too confusing for my palate.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice yellow, light amber colourd with some strong carbonation and a hyge foamy white head. sweet hoppy, very fruity, somewhat herby grassy aroma. Heavy sweet bitter, with a full palate. Finish is strong hoppy bitter. A distinctive alcoholic touch. Very good one, Excellent degustation beer.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color witha thick white head. Has a sweet fruity aroma with nice hoppyness. Has a dried fruit, yeast flavor with a spicy hop finish.
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep hazy light beige color ale with a big white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of Saaz hops is easily identifiable with some noticeable spices and a very interesting Belgian yeast. Taste is a mix between some spices, which may includes some white pepper, slightly funky yeast and a dry hoppy finish. Body is a bit light and alcohol is very well masked. This beer is an interesting experiment for sure which I wouldn’t mind revisiting again.
Suttree (5420) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy gold, with an insane white head. The foam on this thing towers close to seven feet above the rim of the glass, causing me to need a step ladder to begin drinking it. Very yeasty, sweet aroma, plus a note of drywall, likely caused by scraping the ceiling of my house as the foam continues to grow. Flavor is pineapple, banana, melons, Mockingbird (probably trapped in the foam when I took it outside), and a vague smoky note. Crsip, hoppy finish. I’m now going to climb the foam, find a giant, and steal his gold.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dull gold with a broken haze brought on by the huge influx of crusty things floating around in it. Tall, thick, creamy white head dawns the top quickly after a slow pour. Lots of quickness to its growth, which is bothersome. I’d like to be able to drink this some time soon. It nearly escapes both the bottle then the glass. The capping hardly moves once established on the crown though. Leaving an unbreakable shelf of lacing attached to the glass edge the whole session through.
Aroma is a little on the weird side. Not sure what to make of it. Soapy broad hops, waxy, dry, yeasty with a pale malt bread tone flecked with a certain spicy citrus and cinnamon. Grabbed more citrusy sweetness of orange as it warmed, but still kept that soapy fop that kept me disinterestingly perturbed.
Taste is creamy and full, quite an easy going flow to it. Semi sweet, lightly fruity and pilsner-like in dryness and malt backing. Middle grows with orange tang and lemon/lime tinges. Hops indeed make the finish one spicy mix. Dry, peppy, leafy, dully citric, and lengthy with a sweet little center always bringing an acceptable balance.
Feel is quite nice, with a full range of smooth, semi-sweetness to it thats kinda candyish with a citrusy twist. Full and round; semi-sweet, semi-pale, and fairly extended. Finish is balanced in equaling spicy and hoppy things with a return to sweetness for a bit before yeasty dryness settles in for the duration.
A decent enough Belgain with a unique twist on the tradition Pales I’ve had. Hard to believe this is actually 9.5%, as its hard to find it anywhere. Not even after drinking a bunch of it. So its drinkability is solid. A good brew, no doubt, but there are far better, more complexing Belgians for less the price.