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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
agl108 (785) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
750 mL bottle. Poured a hazy orange with thin white head. Nose was rather typical - sweet and malty with a faint hop aroma. Hop flavor? Yeah, more so than other Belgian Strong Ales Iíve tried. Although Iím not sure it meshes very well; a bit spicy. Rather unimpressive for the hype and nothing that I would enjoy repeating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4483) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2006
Aroma of heavy, flowery hops with some citric fruitiness and malts. Hazy, yello-orange coloured with a lasting, white head. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter. Saturated with hops. palate is dry. Bitter finish. nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Tap @ Brouwerís Cafť, Seattle: Belgian ale aroma, dusty dark fruit, musty, flowery. Clear pale yellow color, fizzy decent-sized head, big head, white. Fizzy, flowers, some hops, bitter acidic. Bitter aftertaste. Not as good a belgian, stronger taste. Dry bitter later taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. Pours gold with a white head. aroma of hops, citrus, sweet malts. Flavor is sweet with a hoppy bite i didnít care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2006
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) A hoppy Belgian Ale? This I had to try. Pours a hazy gold color with a nice and creamy looking white head. Aroma definitely had a little bit of hops to it. Not a lot, but moreso than most other Belgian beers Iíve encountered. Also present in the nose were spicy and yeasty notes with hints of some pepper and coriander I believe. The flavor began with a surprising hop taste but then quickly gave way to a smooth and well-blended malty, yeasty, and spicy middle and a very floral and peppery malt finish. Finishes very clean and warm, with a nice and floral kind of potpourri kind of flavor. One very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
From a caged cork 750ml. brown bottle with an blurb and info on the back of bottle, no bottled/freshness date, poured into a Urthel chalice. Made a good appearance, poured a chill hazy pale Belgian golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin foamy lacing, minimal amount of sticking, good carbonaton. Had a dry Belgian yeasty, a spicy, peppery and herbal hoppiness and a sweet pale malty nose. A crisp, textured and smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Dry yeasty, spicy, peppery and herbal hoppy taste, smooth and rolling in itís bitterness and very Belgium/European in itís hop taste, a balancing sweet barley, dry crackerish maltiness, and a dry yeasty and malty Belgian ale finish with a soft lingering hoppiness in the palate, the alcohol warmth doesnít really kick in until the end. For what the brewer was trying to achieve, a Belgian IPA, I think she was very successful, different from a west coast, Great Lakes/midwestern, east coast or English IPA, a uniquely Belgian IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Bottle at ít Bruge Beerje. Hazy pale orange, clean white cap of foam. Mint aroma, cool spring soil, like digging for earthworms on the first day of trout season. A nice touch of bubblegum. Lovely cool herbal hop flavor, delicate like cloud vapors over a field of dew-covered mint, rosemary, tobacco. Etherial palate, just evaporates with a dramatic *poof*. Beautifuly hidden strength. Simply a lovely beer. Previous Rating: 5/15/2006 Sampled this with Alaskanwarren at the Falling Rock. Beautiful copper pour with a tall, persistent cap of creamy, sticky white head that lasts through the whole glass. Very light caramel with a fresh floral, earthy quality. There is also something of a coppery in the aroma, which in this case is oddly pleasant. Surprisingly minty, lightly spicy, a touch of sweetness, and a bold wash of peppery flavor to the finish that somehow makes me think of pepto bismal. Light, delicate palate. I really enjoyed the surprises of this beer. Lots of components that I would usually consider "off" that make a nice show here. (7/5/7/4 16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours golden with a large white head, that lasts until the last sip. Aroma of belgian spices, hops, citrus, fruit, and yeast. Flavor is sweet, smooth, spicey, citrus, yeast. Very nice. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
I enjoyed the spices in this one. I had it at the Falling Rock here in Denver. It poured like a saison and with a thick creamy white head.. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and spicy, with some earthy hops too. Taste is spicy, yeast, light and floral as well. tons of pepper on the finish, Felt a bit like a mix between a tripel and a saison. Excellent palate - very clean, surprisingly, just a hint of a chalkiness in the aftertaste. A good experience overall.

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