Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-hazy orange amber colored brew with a thick and creamy beige head that leaves behind some excellent lacing and film top. Aroma of banana esters, Belgian spice, cotton candy, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is full bodied, fruity flavors of banana esters, pears, vanilla and some multi-golden malts. Finish is sweet with some lingering yeast aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden until you stand up. My favorite of the sample tray.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Vintage, pours a hazy orange color with a white head, aroma is fully of spices with a touch of alcohol burn, taste is fruity with spices and a burn of alcohol that warms the insides, like others has a dry finish, pretty darn good.
Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub
And the award for beer of the day goes to this monster of a Belgian strong ale. Bringing to mind any number of heavy beers at the festival yesterday I am glad I tried it apart from those. The balance, sweetness, and intensity of this would have been lost after waves of big bold one-offs. I don’t know how long it will last but those of you in the area should make an effort to get there while it is still on tap.
Aroma / Appearance - Nearly opaque the coppery body is the color of a beach bum which has spent the last month soaking up sunshine. Creamy vanilla icing looks like sunscreen. Cotton candy, bubble gum, yeast, and apples or pears create a fruity strong impression that cuts through the air with a clear message. In fact it smells almost like nectar.
Flavor / Palate - The warmth of the alcohol envelops the palate. During that time a fruity mixture of white pears, amber, and cotton candy gives it a summer time fairground feel. The dry white wine finish caps it all off. Dessert like due to the ABV it has a filling consistency. Avoiding that cloying nature which would be far too easy an outcome this is a well balanced Belgian in the vein of previous big beers that I tried last time I was here.