mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow, golden coloured brew. Malty, slight hoppy aroma. A bit sour taste. A bit bitter too. Overall nice, but not very special.
agl108 (806) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
skortila (4648) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.