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RATINGS: 1190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cmycoskie (23) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2007
I was more excited about the beer when I got it. Iím a big hop head, but the malt in this beer canceled out a lot of the hop character. Yeast flavor was very different from hoppy American beers too. The bottle looks cool though and I bet if you broke it over a table it would be a good weapon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brstp (201) - - JAN 24, 2007
On tap at Toronado. Thin gold color, left waves of thick white foam on the glass -- like those cores of ice they pull out from the Antarctic. Aroma is classic Belgian plus some pine hops. Very bitter taste with almost no corresponding hop sweetness, but improved as it warmed. Strange but good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2007
Interesting beer. Typical belgian appearance. Rocky head with much lacing atop a hazy golden orange body. Great phenolic and hoppy aroma with oranges, lemons and a touch of hubba bubba. The flavour is less appealing - the balance of belgian and IIPA is a little disconcerting. A real sharpness from the hops fights the natural sweetness of this brew. Apples and some harshness come through. Interesting though and worth a bash.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 16, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy honey-gold appearance; brilliant white head with good lacing. Very nice aroma: plenty of honey, citrus, and yeast; sweet and generous. The mouthfeel is less satisfying, and the IPA / Belgian Ale hybrid isnít as well done as with something like Choublon: while thereís a very pleasant honey and apricot belgian ale core to this beer, the hop profile is slightly bitter and (to my taste buds) reminiscent of plastic or cardboard. Itís not too distracting, but it reminds me of eating a piece of sharp cheese and then sipping an IPA; slightly-off, musty hop profile. Otherwise, this beer is very well assembled and the belgian character is spot-on. Medium, honey and citrus hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
A Belgian version of an IPA with a twist. the twist is that they use only Saaz hops according to Hildegard, the brewer. Give it a completely different taste than the cascade USA IPAís that we are used to or the Kent Goldings of a British IPA. Pours a nice golden color, extremely well carbonated with a huge head. Now brewed by Koningshoven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2426) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 Pours golden orange with a nice frothy white head that stickes around for a while. Aroma is floral hops, banana, wheat notes, spices, and citrus. The aroma is fairly complex. I would have expected this aroma on a wheat beer, not a Belgian strong ale. Mouth is thicker than I was expecting, and has plenty of carbonation. The flavor is also aligning itself with a wheat beer. Has hops, spices, wheat, yeast, and a little citrus. The finish is mildly bitter and has a bit of alcohol in it as well. This was a suprising and very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1400) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Aroma is of yeast, citrus and floral hops, spices, and a hint of banana. Aroma is similar to that of a belgian witbier almost but with more hops. Flavor starts off with the citrus and spices and finishes with banana and yeast. Just as the aroma it tastes similar to a witbier but with more hops. Has a slightly bitter finish with some alcohol warming. Thicker on the palate then I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2007
750ml. Slightly hazy orange pour with near white head, towering towards the lip of the glass, similar to Houblon Chouffe, without the crazy thunderhead cloud formation-like shape. Aroma is a sweet array of very floral hops, candy sugar, crisp malts, lavender oil, fresh-cut wood and yeast. Flavor is surprisingly balanced, malt taking a back seat at first to the pouncing hops, but only for a short stint are they the stand alone player. The first quaff also brings to light a lovely spiced and vanilla component, fresh and tasty. Palate is medium, finish is long and pleasant. A well done Belgian IPA interpretation, one that brings hope of more experimentation in this vein of brewing style. Hildegard is a good brewer who deserves more recognition for her fine brewing prowess, not to mention her influential nature. Good twist on a style that is too often subjected to more ridicule than appreciation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Draft at Toronado. Beautiful looking brew, with a hazy golden color and a nice head. Delicate aromas of hops and citrus, very delicate flavors as well. The hops is there but quite well balanced with fruity notes and a bit of bread due to the Belgian yeast. The alcohol is completely not noticeable, that is dangerous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Small Bottle. Effervescent yellow pour. Head is quite large, white, fluffy and of varying bubble sizes with nice lacing as the head recedes. Aroma is spicy, flowery and yeasty. Flavor is light and peppery. A light and easy drinking beer for 9.5%. The hops are of course of the european variety, but still quite potent. Complex, dry and earth. A very nice beer that could be consumed easily in winter or summer.

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