boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Slightly hazy orange pour with near white head, towering towards the lip of the glass, similar to Houblon Chouffe, without the crazy thunderhead cloud formation-like shape. Aroma is a sweet array of very floral hops, candy sugar, crisp malts, lavender oil, fresh-cut wood and yeast. Flavor is surprisingly balanced, malt taking a back seat at first to the pouncing hops, but only for a short stint are they the stand alone player. The first quaff also brings to light a lovely spiced and vanilla component, fresh and tasty. Palate is medium, finish is long and pleasant. A well done Belgian IPA interpretation, one that brings hope of more experimentation in this vein of brewing style. Hildegard is a good brewer who deserves more recognition for her fine brewing prowess, not to mention her influential nature. Good twist on a style that is too often subjected to more ridicule than appreciation.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Toronado. Beautiful looking brew, with a hazy golden color and a nice head. Delicate aromas of hops and citrus, very delicate flavors as well. The hops is there but quite well balanced with fruity notes and a bit of bread due to the Belgian yeast. The alcohol is completely not noticeable, that is dangerous.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small Bottle. Effervescent yellow pour. Head is quite large, white, fluffy and of varying bubble sizes with nice lacing as the head recedes.
Aroma is spicy, flowery and yeasty. Flavor is light and peppery. A light and easy drinking beer for 9.5%. The hops are of course of the european variety, but still quite potent. Complex, dry and earth. A very nice beer that could be consumed easily in winter or summer.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled, 0.75l, from a large Tripel Karmeliet glass) Very hazy orange-golden color with a huge, firm, duvely (also forms the clouds!) and lacy head. Aromatic-flowery-hoppy, yeasty and crisp, juniper-genevery aroma with toffeeish caramel and fruit. Very interesting and quite complex, earthy and lightly sour-acidic, dryish flavor of aromatic hops, herbs, spices, honey, yeast, malt, fruit and warming genever. Yeast empasizes the genever and earthiness, while making the flavor less crisp. Both the alcohol and the 80 IBUs are well hidden. Medium-bodied, quite crisp and refreshing palate with smooth carbonation. A very pleasant, complex, dry and earthy Belgian hop juice. I wish they would experiment more with hops (and send me the samples!;)...
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden with a dense, rich, foamy head. The aroma is lighly spicey, floral, and fruity. The flavor has a light initial sweetness and becomes more spicey in character but not over the top. Despite the labels statement of 80 IBUs the beer’s hop quality does not overpower. The finish is slighly astringent.
Aquahop (8) - Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bizarre mix of phenolics, esters, and hops. Smooth hop flavor, not too grassy or bitter. Balanced well with lots of malt, nice mix of characters. I’d buy more if there weren’t so many beers in the world.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Poured golden-orange in color with a substantial, off-white head. The head slowly went down while drinking but lasted for the whole glass. Lots of lacing as well. Yeasty aroma with a bit of hops and some honeysuckle. Starts bitter but spice and light fruit flavors are present. Finishes dry with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz stubby. Clear straw with a huge white head that recedes rockily. Sweet yeasty nose, fruity with a light spiciness. Grassy flavors with a light astringency, fruity. Clean, dry finish. Good stuff.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden amber beer with a huge white head. Spicy, floral, yeasty aroma. Spicy, yeast flavor with floral and earthy tones. Dry finish with lasting spice, yeast, and floral notes. High carbonation. Slight soapiness.
chimaylover (4) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2006 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
perfume nose upon first open. Seltzer feel on the tongue; crisp and clean. Definetly has that "belgian ale" taste. Tones down to a citrus smooth, slightly hoppy after taste.