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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2006
The first pour is a fairly clear golden amber with a large, stiff foam head. The later pours get cloudier from the yeast sediment. Beautifully complex aroma with ripe pear and banana and a tingling, strong noble hop aroma. Fairly dry body has a light cracker maltiness, but the hops dominate with a bitterness that is suprisingly balanced. Definitely not the American style hoppy beer that inspired the brewers, but still a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2006
pear aroma with a nice hops finish. very enjoyable and was surprised by this belgium beauty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2006
On tap at the Brick Store Pub and of course poured into an authentic Urthel tulip glass. It had a dense creamy white head that sat atop a medium gold color liquid. The head left some nice lacing as it died off. There was a surprisingly light hop aroma. It is sweet on the front end, but as it warms in the mouth the hops strike. Finally there is a strong and lasting bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2006
this is so not a ipa its a it has very little hop action going on it tastes like a regular belgian strong than ia ipa has some spice and hiphops sad it smells like salami and i cant say that i disagreed no desire to drink again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Sampled from draught at Zythos Beer Festival 2006.
A hazy orange golden brew with a foamy snow white head. Hay and a note of hop in the aroma with a spicy touch, reminds me of a hoppy ice tea if there is such thing. Fruitsugar dominates the flavor with some yeast as well. The flavor is pretty odd, it is rather sweet but has a heavy hoppyness also. Somewhat cloying from the sweetness, but still interesting and also pretty innovative for Belgian standards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2006
Hops just slide along the sides of the tongue. Something like a very hoppy trippel. Poured with a nice head - two fingers in a tulip glass. Hint of lemon grass, and, I like to think, apricot. Spice notes escape me. Most of that belgian candy sweetness has departed. Good, in this instance. So, relatively dry. I’d put this up against most double IPAs for hoppiness and enjoyability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5045) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2006
Shared this bottle with jerohen. Hazy golden color, big white head. Aroma is spicy, grainy, hops, bit fruity. Taste is very hop bitter, as expected, some wheat. Nicely balanced and alcohol is well hidden. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006
Clear gold, huge white head that lasts and laces beautifully. Nice floral hop and spicy hop aroma, although not like many of the big hopped American beers. That’s not meant as a criticism, however. Nicley balnced flavor with more of the hop character coming in over a light and slightly sour malt palate. Based on the head and the slightly sour flavor, I suspect there’s some malted wheat in the mix. Finishes lightly bitter and very refreshing. Nothing overpowering here, just nice balance in a very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (1990) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 Golden coloured, big white head. Herbal hoppy aroma, some fruit, pretty complex, very nice nose. Flavour is less complex than aroma, hops dominate. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer, but it could use some more complexity in flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2006
Pours light golden with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is very fresh, herbal hoppiness, orange peel., cantaloupe, apricot, wildflowers, chamomile, and a bit of sweaty yeast. Taste is lighty sweet with herbal bitterness, estery notes of honey, and a slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, sticky, and resinous with lush carbonation.

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