after4ever (6818) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750. How can anyone not like this stuff? Pours rich hazy gold with a towering white head that holds its shape even as it falls. Big hop nose of grass, leaves, and candi sugar. Smells pilsner-esque when the cork first comes out, gets much more complex when you get closer. Absolutely buying everything the brewer’s selling with this one: fruit, hops, spice, and sweetness structure every stage of the flavor. Crisp bittersweet finish. Wonderful stuff.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour reveals a cloudy yellow color with a medium bubbly white head. Good aroma and flavor of citrusy hops and yeast with a dry and bitter finish, it also has a spicy thing going on. The body has a medium thickness with a dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. This is good stuff, I like Urthel products so far, especially the tripel.
JK (5124) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This fusion style has an excellent aroma of hops and flowers. Flavor has fruit, flowers, sweet malt, yeast, and spices. Unusually complex. Light gold, with some sediment. One of the best aromas I have found in any beer.
drfabulous (5075) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a big Urthel fan. On the one hand, this is a nice beer. A decent Belgian Ale. On the other hand, I like a bit more hops. Maybe it’s my love of American IPAs. Maybe I would have liked this more if the word "hop" was not it the name. Decent beer.
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 (3856) - 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 (3048) - 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 (682) - 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.