MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - trade hand bottled in 2007 by Steve of Valley Brew. Aroma is bready, ashy and spicy. Flavor is sweet malts, straw and subtle spice. Palate is sweet and clean. Still tasty but might have held it too long.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle shared by Ted. Pours a hazed peachy nectar color. Still plenty of white head. We have the slightest bit of oxidation. Other than that, we have all kinds of yummy fruity Belgian goodness fairly dry finish. What a nice treat.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(MANY THANKS TO ASPEDITIES FOR HOOKING THIS UP)clear orange body with a 1/2 thick white head. as the head sat it left nice webbing on the glass.aroma is perfume,cloves,ginger,belgian yeast,and pine.flavor is well balanced and the palte is complex.i picked up chocolate,caramel malts,apricots,honey,perfume,cloves,with a slight smokey finish.this is the second valley brew that i have had and i must say,ilike them so far.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to DaveCooks: Pours a hazy copper orange with a big, thick-lacing frothy white head. Rich, sweet, Belgian malty aroma has a touch of tart orange citrus character and bready Belgian yeast along with some light peppery spice. Starts with some sweet sugary malt, light citric character and bready palate before a drier, lightly fruity strawberry finish with lots of esters. An enjoyable and authentic brew.
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber pour shows a lcm white head of minimal lacing. Very sweet nose immediately reminds of concentrated apricot sugars, unfortunately accompanied by high alcohols and lots of zesty interplays (mandarine). Light cracker doughyness constitutes most of the yeast character. Sugary in mouth as well, the very limited hop presence gives it a rather immature feel, so does the very low carbonation which brings the sweetness to sticky levels.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Extreme fruitiness to the aroma (apricot, tangerine) with floral, herbal hops apparent and a doughy yeast character that seems heavy. Opaque, tan-orange body is topped by a decent and lasting off white head. Hugely sweet and syrupy, sugary flavour has lots of cloying, sticky fruit and doughy yeast. Chalky and herbal in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation and sticky texture. First sip was interesting but it quickly became overwhelming in the simplistic sweetness. Bottle sampled with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 6, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle consumed in the generous company of tiggmtl, MartinT and Rastacouere. Hazy medium amber with a moderate lasting white top....yeasty, somewhat sour aroma, slightly oxidized perhaps, soft and vaguely floral/citrusy.....soft, sweet body, cotton-candy is my note for the mouthfeel, sweet candied fruits and light farmy yeast....fairly pleasant at first but rapidly becomes tiresome in its intense sweetness and sugary tongue-feel. Ehh.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma was tart and sweet. Smelled syrupy with fruit and banana. Also notes of yeast and spearmint and maybe a hint of funk. Sweet fruity flavor. Estery and sugary. More banana and some spice. Mild bitterness on the finish. Another winner from Valley Brew.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Any first impressions?
-Scant head on luminous amber.
-Portly pink grapefruit pith bulges out of the glass alongside its mandarine friends.
-Yeast-laden oranges and citrusy hops promote simplicity.
-The low carbonation brings out the expansive fruitiness.
What if you dig deeper?
-Wooden hops appear in the aroma and in the finish.
-The apricot-like, orangey, mandarine fruitiness gets tiring after a while.
-The candyish sweetness isn’t balanced off by anything else.
-There isn’t much alcohol apparency, which is appreciated.
-I don’t feel like this is an authentic Belgian at all, but a heavily fruity, uncohesive, yet flavorful attempt at one.
Bottle; no date.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Clear and light copper in color, there is a white head that slowly dissipates into a heavy lacing. Yeasty aroma with some apricot, pear and honey notes. Dry, yeasty flavor with more pear notes and a bit of spice. Dry finish with a slight astringency. Slightly hot (like a devil should be, I guess).