muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle, Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (Dec 2005). Hazy/translucent bright pale gold with tiny flecks of yeast, surmounted by one of the largest and most enduring snowy heads Iíve seen....lots of honey, light yeast and orange in the nose, dogwood and lavender; pleasant but rather too restrained....in the body, the heavy hoppiness seems to cut into the typical Belgian yeast, drying and thinning out the beer, with a strong dry woodiness throughout, only light fruit and an astringent, bitter and faintly metallic finish....light Belgian candi sugar underneath keeps it from too much harshness and the overall flavor balance is interesting, but on the whole I feel like itís a very good IPA cancelling itself out on a very good Belgian ale, leaving a sum that is less than the parts. Belies its 9.5% as well as any IIPA or Belgian Strong; really Iíd have guesed 6.5. Oh well, Iím certainly interested in more experimentation, even with less-than-perfect results.
Zeswaft (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pale gold with a frothy white head. Super carbonated. Aroma is half Belgian yeasty ale and half floral hops. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter. There is that slightly woody yeast flavor of Belgian ales but a powerful hop kick. Never had anything quite like this, especially Belgian strong ales. One of my favorites actually, probably because it tastes nothing like a Belgian ale.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow with a frothy white head. Spicy hop aroma. Some minerals and tart funkiness in the flavor. Dry, bitter and hoppy with some citrus.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Pale cloudy gold, rich rocky head, strong flowery hop aroma, plenty of carbonation, pleasant assertive hop bitterness with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Long slightly sour finish ending on a bitter note. Despite the name, I sure was surprised to taste a Belgian IPA!!
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Thin head which reduces kind of quickly. Slight skunky aroma up front but that is replaced with some light malts and hops. Similar aroma to a pilsner. Good carbonation. Some spices and straw in there also. Color is a dark gold. Thin spicey flavor. Expected a little more body to this one. Pretty much a hoppy, juiced up pilsner. But a pretty good pilsner. Little alcohol warming and spicy hops at the finish. Very spicy. Also pretty bitter once the spice subsides. A decent belgian but I expected a little more body to offset the spices and alcohol and a little more fruit. Really not present at all.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a golden body topped by a thick, white head with lots of lacing. Sweet and malty yethoppy and grassy with a slight spice and a little fruit. Light to medium bodied, dry and warming.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy Mandarin Coloring with White Whipped Head. Smooth Belgian with Saison Aroma. Nice Light Clean Taste...Belgian Spices and Fruit. Light on the Hops Very Enjoyable.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straw golden with a thick white head. Aromas of honey, lemon, banana, pepper, peach and hints of wheat. Taste was the same with a bit of a soap bitterness. Hops are sugary and smooth out after a few sips. Flavors go well together and the alcohol is disguised well.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw colored with a frothy foamy white head. Love the aroma, which is full of yeasty and a peppery spice. Undertones of peaches and honeydew. Flavor is moderately tart and bitter. Lingering lemon/pepper hop finish. Well done.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Fairly clear straw in color with a pillowy head. Subtle nose of yeast, fruit, and hop that comes off as very fresh. On the palate it has gentle carbonation, followed by a light doughy yeasty maltiness. Then the hops kick in. Herbal and to the point. This beer is definitely more bitter than sweet. For me though its an excellent balance of maltiness vs. hops without going all out in your face like some strong ales. Subtle and balanced, you can tell this was brewed by a woman. The complexities show themselves better when drank on tap. One of my favorite ales