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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2006
25.4oz bottle (I think it’s 750mL), no date. Pours a hazy light straw golden with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, fruits, pepper, spices, grass. Musty taste, quite bitter throughout, alcohol burn noticeable. Still fruity and yeasty, kind of a grassy biscuity bitter finish. Full bodied, very carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2006
Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke. Clear amber coloured with a white head. Aroma of fruits and spices. Sweet flavour of fruits, spices and hops. Very dry hoppy finish. Well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20602) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Draught. Golden colour, huge white head. Strong hoppy flowery hot-summerdat-urineish aroma. Flavour is luckily better, but still it is harsh, grassy and hayish. Some sweet alcohol mixing in too. Feels very unbalanced in my opinion, and also the alcohol disturbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2006
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Colour is pale amber/orange, with a firm, rocky head (like whipped cream) lasting throughout, leaving lots of lacing. Nose is dominated by the superb flowery hoppiness, hints of mandarin zest and pine needles. Taste is fruity and spicy with a compact hoppiness, hints of citrus (grapefruit, orange) and a long, dry, hoppy finish. Superb balance. Lovely!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Bomber Floral hoppiness, lightly grainy, like a pilsner sparkling, bubbly, dark yellow, firm, tall head that grows Spicy bitterness, light maltiness, medium duration w/ spicy hop finish medium-light body, prickly carbonation Pretty darn tasty ’Belgian IPA’. Kinda like a trippel. Would certainly have more of this. Good balance

   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 doin’ terminal velocity, creamy froth. It just won’t 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 (2897) - 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 wasn’t bad, but I’m 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 (4228) - 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 (2782) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 bottle. "An homage to the Northwest, this is an aggressively hoppy brew." Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeitttttttt. Meh, it’s 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. It’s 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 Flannagan’s 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.

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