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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Pours golden w/ parachute opened doiní terminal velocity, creamy froth. It just wonít settle down. In the glass and mouth. Cold or warm, like popcorn kernals, the chute opens and expands like an explosion in evey sip. Champagne size bubbles.The froth settles into a sweet cream leaving a light nectar w/ ample residuals. Aromas of ripe banana and spice. Flavors are bracingly hoppy with lime rind and green bitter herb stems. Big piney hops up front with banna spice at mid palate, then finishing with a bitter asprin burn. The alcohol is well hidden. Well balanced. Overall: a complex brew to add to your list. A new style from Belgium for the hop-heads. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
"Wow the pour of this was perfect. Pale golden color lots of bubbles and a pillowy head. Aroma was hoppy some fruit and yeast. Flavor was of citrus hops and yeast. Mouthfeel was a little on the drier side. Different beer but leave IPAs as IPAs."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2893) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Poured a sparkling pale golden color with tons of carbonation, lots of bubbles rising in this Trappist glassware, shoulda poured this sucker in a taller weizen style glass to show the bubble action and accommodate this really foamy, fluffy, pillowy head. The aroma was hoppy, some grass, some fruity ester type aromas (some apples). The flavor was darned bitter with some light wet grass flavoring, some pepper, and some yeastiness. There was a light pine and citrus influence along with ale fruitiness. Mouthfeel was dry, moderately bodied with lots of sedimentation globs entering the mouth at the bottom of the glass. I dunno, it wasnít bad, but Iím not sure mixing IPAs with Belgian styles is a good thing. A neat experience, either way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Distinct caramel aroma with light banana. Like Bananas Foster without cinnamon. Mostly clear, pale gold. Boozy, weird beer. Very bitter, like white wine mixed with a Belgian. Banana esters, mediumb body. A Frankenstein of a beer - a sewn-together experiment best left in the barn. On tap, Ginger Man, NYC.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2769) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 bottle. "An homage to the Northwest, this is an aggressively hoppy brew." Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeitttttttt. Meh, itís kind of hoppy. Light, hazy golden pour with an aggressive foamy white head.Aroma is musty sweet with the slightest hint of skunk which is mostly concealed by scents of flowers, bread, and cloth. Itís slightly thin going down, but not unpleasant. Cloves and bittering hops are there, but not so huge. It has a taste of honey, lemon, and herbal notes mostly, and is warming all around. (or maybe that was the intense sun beating down on me at Flannaganís deck). This is decent stuff, but Belgian brewers are always trying to make tasteful, balanced brews. Americans, I believe, have set the standard for unabashed, ridiculous levels of hops that are possible in beer.
[March 2, 2008]
bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a tall white head and a spicy, fruity aroma with hints of banana and mild funk. Yes, the hops are evident, not overpowering, but providing a sharp, lemony quality. The combination of spiciness and fruity sweetness works very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2006
750 mL bottle, shared with NachlamSie. Pours gold with a big white head. The aroma is yeast and lemon with a grassy Saaz note in there somewhere. The flavor has a lot of lemon zest, some sweet bread, wheat, and spicy American hops in the finish. Clean aftertaste. Decent, but not too special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear, bright golden body with a medium white frothy head and lace. The aroma is bready at first but then you get a nice whiff of the yeasty, dusty hops and caramel. The flavour has those same dusty hops and is quite bitter and piney. I love the multitude of flavours here and just the general combination of Belgian fruity yeast with flavourful hops. The finish is left with biscuit bitterness. Very good. Tried this at Bier Circus, Brussels on May 29, 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Thanks to Walt for this bonus beer. Poured an effervescent golden with a large fizzy/fluffy white head. Interesting aroma of some floral essences and grassy hops, like a light tripel meets pilsener type of thing. Flavor does not jump out at me right away as being hoppy. I get mostly sweet floral flavors like a tripel, but then the dry bitterness kicks in. Digging deeper, the bitterness has a grassy hoppiness to it. The hop flavor definitely becomes more noticeable with each successive taste. While it may not scream hops like an American IPA, it does have a nice hoppy bitterness to it which makes it an interesting marriage of European IPA and Begian Tripel. Fascinating, refreshing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2006
On draught at the Gingerman in Greenwich, CT. Pours a light hazy crisp gold/amber with a decent head. Smells of sweet Belgian malt, noble hops, and somewhat earthy. Tastes a lot more hoppy than I expected with some nice Belgian malty background hints.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2006
Yellow, golden coloured brew. Malty, slight hoppy aroma. A bit sour taste. A bit bitter too. Overall nice, but not very special.

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