corkyrory66 (323) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Blonde spéciale houblonnée, et comme dit le brasseur « rare quality brew ».
On a placé la barre à 9,5 % abv. (on veut ou on ne veut pas....).
Couleur blond doré foncé. Clarté nette . Bulles fines très vivantes partout.
Mousse blanche épaisse bien crémeuse en haut.
Arômes de pomme, poire, houblons très fins, avec une pointe de citron et
Texture soyeuse, quasi veloutée.
1ère bouche de houblons très fins et céréales. Arrière-bouche entière, fine,
et de très grande longueur.
2ème bouche de houblons et malts fins, avec une pointe de banane verte.
3ème de grande fraîcheur, bouche pleine et malt en fond.
Longueur très belle, constante avec des alternances entre les houblons.
Levure adéquate, précise.
Alcool très bien dosé, de haut niveau.
Pour la finale, on clôture en finesse...
Très grande bière parce qu’elle répond parfaitement au lourd cahier des
charges qu’elle s’était donnée. 5. (son premier...)
BernieLomax (19) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Words cannot express the overall joy I derive from Hop-It. This beer is so battle tested and easy to drink it should rank amongst the best beers ever made when you look at all aspects of what you are looking for in a beer. ABV, taste, complexity and satisfaction. A complete and utter master piece that is under rated by the shear fact that those who know about take it for granted. With the explosion of craft beers, trust I know, it is always more exciting to try something new, but if you know about Hop-It than I know when you circle the wagon and end up back at Hop-It you wonder why you ever left. In my book the title speaks for itself. Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale and that may be an under statement. Tell your distributor to order you a case ($90.00) bring over some friends and let it rip and drink as much as you can!
Cybercat (2774) - Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice opaque dark honey golden with a VERY thick and persistent head - it is thicker than B.S. in Washington and stays better than whipping cream on hot coco. Aroma is strong and mainly malty with a touch of sweetness and a strong hop undertone. Flavor balances hop and malt components, with a little malt sweetness and some hop fruitiness, and a touch of bitter. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable ale.
Mr_Vogel (55) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favourite beers ever. Looks great with a decorated glass, golden colour and big fluffy head that simply does not disappear. Smells of hops, at least two; one citrus and one spicy. Some yeasty sweetness as well. Maybe malts, but hops dominate. Taste is fresh with hops, fruits, citrus and some bread. Bitterness swells towards the aftertaste that ends dry and hoppy. Impressive that the hops are so distinguishable, given the high volume of alcohol (that was completely hidden by the way). What a delight.
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cerveja excepcional, frutados em combinação com um suave amargor , muito sabor e aroma a disposição dos apaixonados por ótimas cervejas.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours golden w/ parachute opened doin’ terminal velocity, creamy froth. It just won’t settle down. In the glass and mouth. Cold or warm, like popcorn kernals, the chute opens and expands like an explosion in evey sip. Champagne size bubbles.The froth settles into a sweet cream leaving a light nectar w/ ample residuals. Aromas of ripe banana and spice. Flavors are bracingly hoppy with lime rind and green bitter herb stems. Big piney hops up front with banna spice at mid palate, then finishing with a bitter asprin burn. The alcohol is well hidden. Well balanced. Overall: a complex brew to add to your list. A new style from Belgium for the hop-heads. Highly recommended.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a hazy golden color, with a tall, soapy, white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic. In fact when I opened the bottle, hop aromas literally hit me from a foot away. Very fragrant, herbal/grassy hops flood the nose with some estery fruity aroma, and spicy yeast. The palate is firm, with really good pale/biscuity malt flavor, with some estery fruit flavor, and light notes of funky yeast flavor. This beer finishes with more good biscuity malt up front, then ends with a yeasty and grassy hop bite that lingers. Outstanding beer. This beer is 80 IBU and 9.5% abv, and is amazingly refreshing and drinkable for a beer so strong and with such bitterness. The ultimate aperitif beer, or after drink cocktail. I loved this one.
beerbobWFM (17) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer, I can’t say enough about it, definitely my new favorite belgian beer for sure. the color was a beautiful haze yellow, almost lemon curd like. nice thick white head. The flavor was subtly sweet a nice hoppyness, citrusy and slightly peppery
the finish was great ,a little hoppy and a tiny bit of alcohol warmth, all in all a great beer
high%alcohol (8) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 24, 2009 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite beers. I see this and I buy it. The fact that this beer is 10.5% and yet so quaffable is gorgeous. This is a beer. Has a nice funk to it. Those that say this beer is "OK" are wrong. I’m not being arrogant. It’s not my opinion, it’s fact. This is a well made beer. Produces a full flavored, boisterous, crisp, through the nose burp, if executed correctly. Do yourself a favor....don’t eat food with this beer. In fact, drink two of these on a empty stomach to appreciate the flavor and alcohol content.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the front of the silk-screened 750 ml bottle, the phrase "Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale" sits above the logo, complete with the Erthel gnome, wearing a wreath of hops around his bald head, smiling with beer mug in hand. Below the "Hop-iT" logo, the words, "Brewers Excellent Selection of Hops", amid graphics of hops. Hops used: 50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz. 80 IBU. Pilsner malts.
From the back of the bottle: "Following a visit to American Northwest in January 2005, Hildegard returned to Belgium enthusiastic about all of the different IPAs she had tasted. She knew that she wanted to brew an IPA of her own, but it had to be with a real Flemish touch. Her touch!"
Cork comes off almost on it’s own. The pours into an Urthel Pache’ glass a hazed, pale gold, with a prodigious head, captured well by the glass, a huge, puffy white cloud, leaving loads of lace, slowly settling.
Aroma is brilliant, spice and citrus zest leaping from the glass, finding happy haven in the nose...lemon, apricot, pineapple, ...the Saaz really comes through, emitting a distinctive floral beauty, along with the spicy spark.
That zest continues it’s attack once it climbs on the tongue. Moreover, the mouthfeel is almost ingenious, as the flavor sticks to the palate tenaciously, clinging and delivering bitterness and deliciousness.
Full bodied, with a long, fruity, bitter finish.
Each new sip grants more of this intractable potency, until you slowly realize the strength of this one (9.5%)...but it does take awhile, and meanwhile, it’s damnably drinkable. Puts many a Belgian golden ale or tripel to shame.
I think Hildegard struck a homer on this one, her intentions were successfully made reality. It reminds one of an American DIPA, until you taste and feel all the parts that are uniquely Flemish. A stunning accomplishment. I like it more and more as the glass drains and my stomach fills...I will be enjoying more and more of this in the future, that is a guarantee!
Although I review this from a bottle at home, I was granted the rare treat of having my first taste of this fine beer in the company of Hildegard herself, as well as Bas Vas Ostern, the man behind the Urthels, and several other fine folks, as well. Many thanks, Hildegard, keep on brewin’...or, should I say, "Pache’!"