BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: Pours to a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a huge, thick, frothy, and well-retained white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma has some honey malt, the excellent sweet-biscuit belgian malt scent, along with mild hints of wood, yeast, and some light spice. The hops definitely show through more than usual in the aroma - sweet pine, floral grass, and even some bitter lemon. The taste is a very interesting mix of sweet biscuit-honey malt, grains, and a solid counterbalance of bitter pine, lemon, orange zest, and plenty of IBU’s all right up front. Over time it opens up to reveal some grapefruit, bread, pear, bitter peach, light yeast. The alcohol does come through just a bit if the beer is held for any length of time in the mouth, but otherwise it hides the 9.5% very well. Finishes with some extended floral/earthy hop notes alongside biscuit grains. Medium bodied, lively carbonated, unique blend of american & belgian flavors that is very interesting to see from Van Steenberge (as well as some other Belgian breweries).
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden with a white head.Aroma is fruity, malty, and very hoppy. Taste is sweet, fruity and very bitter. Medium mouthfeel and a long bitter aftertaste.
BuckeyeBoy (3242) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a dark Golden topped off with about a pound of foam. Had some fruit and hops to the aroma. But not much hop to the tast.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Dark gold with white head. Aroma is very faint alcohol, malt, and fruit. Flavor is fruit, hops, and metallic. I can definitely taste the alcohol.
IndianaRed (2753) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle Pours a hazy deep golden with a huge white frothy head. When I say huge, I mean huge. We were ladeling out the head from our glasses after each top-off. Even sneaking it down the sides would not hold off the onslaught of foam. Distictive, up front Belgian spicy, musty aroma. Some hops as well, but me thinks the comm desc of "very hoppy" is a bit over stated. Flavor was similar, with the clove, and hop spiciness quite apparent. Feel was quite lively and effervescent. Slightly unfilterd chalky feel as well. Thanks Buckeyeboy for spliting this with me tonight.
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden color with an amazingly thick, white, MEATY head that must contain about ten grams of protein. Seriously the head lasts about twenty minutes. Nose is very faint spice and some floral hops character. Flavor initially reminds me of a belgian white... very sweet honey and spice flavor, belgian candy sugar, light caramel. Then the very bitter hops end comes into play, and lasts and lasts forever. No alcohol bite but nice alcohol warmth and everything about this beer is LONG. Not that complex... the typical weird belgian spice/yeast combinations and the unpredictability of typical belgians is not evident, but very drinkable. I will have again.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Snifter. Pours clear, honey amber, with an off-white head. Aroma of light citrus and yeastiness (but is much less prevalant than the bottled version, surprisingly). Initial sip notes a mild hop zing, which blends and mellows with sweet candy sugar, malt and herbal/spicy hops. Finishes with mild bittering and a fair amount of alcohol warmth. Carbonation slightly on the sharper side on draft.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Pours gold with a thick white head. Has a quick clean aroma when the previous beers tasted are all imperial stouts and barleywines. Is there wheat in this? A rich beer with a heavy body. Lots of beautiful lacing. This could be a yummy dessert beer.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the WBF in Raleigh. Pours hazy, with a thick soapy head, and a golden appearance. Aroma is yeast and alcohol, much like the flavor. Very good, but it is an alcohol assault. Fruity and spicy slightly dry finish.
dwyerpg (4757) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell and appearance are very saison-esque. The taste is very pleasant. A little bit of hops in this at the start and it gets stronger. I guess this is a strong. It seems more like a cross between a triple and a saison. Definitely a beer worth buying and drinking.