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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2730) - 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 didn’t care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3583) - 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 I’ve 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 it’s bitterness and very Belgium/European in it’s 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 doesn’t 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 ’t 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2006
I did not think this was too amazingly different from other takes this brewery have made. Too damn spicy, they need to cool it with the spices, astringent and dry in the later parts of the pour. Overly saaazed up, if you will pardon the pun

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8917) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
Leaf dry bitterness blended with a creamy Belgium. Very much foraminess in pour. Hoppy spicey aroma. I finished a 750 ml.Full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2006
Hoppy Belgian Ale? Yes! Superior? No
The front is all yeast and the back is all hops. The hoppy aroma is just lost in there. The flavor character of a Belgian Blond is lost a little here, as the two elements just don’t blend well. This really reminds me of an imperial pils, with some belgian yeast. I guess that makes sense with the high dose of Saaz. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2006
Golden body with a big-bubbled head. Much carbonation. The high alcohol is very well hidden with the semi-sweet and spicy flavor. Herbal and earthy notes along with a medium hop body. Nice, sweet and yeasty aroma, and delicately sweet finish.

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