Trappistenbier (49) - - MAR 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The recipe from the first kegged Bruges Beer Fest version has been slightly changed . It has become stronger towards an 8 vol% strength, which should make this IPA more leaning towards the wonderful US Double IPA style.
Also, more American Simcoe hops are inserted, which gives a darker beer and more American hop characteristics.
An additional bottle refermentation will give more flavours and complexity.
It pours nicely dark golden orange, and slightly hazy.
The foam is kinda beige with a subtle green shine.
Already when nosing I notice the typical American grapefruit alike hop flavours.
Fruity, fresh, citric, grapefruit, flowers. Memories of past US visits immediatly revive.
Folks, this is a PERFECT US West-Coast double IPA clone!
Tasting only confirms this statement.
I taste citric Simcoe hops. Tomahawk also, and more US hop varieties.
Very pleasant is the balance between sweet and hop bitter. Not too sweet, but in perfect harmony.
Note that this hop monster is still about 124 IBU bitter! This is to be called extreme.
Tasting also gives a nice carbonation tingling, great body, and satisfying depth. A beer to taste with care.
8 vol% is quite strong, and it really doesn’t feel that strong when drinking.
This is because the beer is such a fruity experience all together.
Only after finishing the glass for a while, the alcohol is clearly present :)
The after taste is a complete hoppy citric sensation.
Quite equal when finishing grapefruit. It gives a pleasant fruity citric bitter long lasting lingering.
momordgz (93) - - SEP 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Two alcoholic and candy taste taste. A really good DIPA but not of my kind...
lamf (75) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark golden, with nice white head. There are some hops in aroma, but it’s Imperial IPA, so you expect something more. And there is more in flavour. Bitterness is really high, which I actually love. But, if it is an Imperial, there should be more sweetness too. So, it tastes more like standard IPA. I mean, good IPA.
Blade86 (577) - Wrocław, POLAND - SEP 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
peach, tangerine?, tropical fruits, caramel; amber, rather clear, big and quite strong off-white foam, great lacing; medium(+) bitterness, medium sweetness; medium body, oily and creamy feel, rather soft carbonation, long, slightly warming bitter finish
Overall: beautiful beer, great aroma, good taste, very good palate
Geiserich (3385) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Sweetish malt aroma, caramel and candy. Herbal and resin hops. Hazy amber color, off-white creamy head. Flavor is light malty with light sweetness but mainly herbals and resin hops and a intensive alcohol note.
Sebilinz (500) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light amber body with white head. Aroma is ripe fruit sweetness with some belgian yeast. Taste is malty with some ripe fruits and hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter balanced by some sweetness. I like these belgian IPAs.
witthatsbier (238) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a light orange colour with lasting white head
aroma is light grain with a bit of sweet fruit
taste is sweetish grain with fruit and long dry bitter finish
overall a nice beer
rdb84 (101) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber color, large foam head. Very (!) strong aromas of exotic fruits: pineapple, lychee, mango. Hint of wodka/jenever. Smokiness permeates. Taste is sour (again: !). Almost tastes like hairspray: all the sour elements of the aforementioned fruits battle to win. Subsequent sips are more agreeable and balanced (sweet/sour). Sweetness returns slowly in the aftertaste. Unusual ipa (and therefore I was anticipating its taste, because in general ipa is not for me), but too sour for me.
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the more ’spectacular’ Vivens after the relaunch of the brand, this one launched in 2009. Off-white, creamy head and amber colour with brownish hue, cloudy. Tempting perfume in the nose, roses, apple, bittersweet honey, spiced ’jenever’, mint and lots of herbal and peppery hops. Apply onset, clear and rounded, bit honeyish, quickly overwhelmed by a very powerful, almost agressive, herbal and citrussy hoppiness, creating a long, tingling, dry, bitter finish. Great Belgian interpretation of an American style, I’m all for IPAs and this one can stand the comparison with many of its American congeners.
Camons (5960) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours hazy orange with creamy offwhite head, nice lacings. Aroma of malt, light caramel, grass, fruity hops, peach. Flavor is malty, little sweet, caramel, sweet fruity hops, little piney. Medium body, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. 230814
Bozo_skeleton (502) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orangée au superbe colet et à la belle dentelle.
Des aromes de folie, fruits exotiques, caramel, houblon aromatique très marqué.
Superbe en bouche, l’amertume tapisse le palais sur la longueur. Les fruits et le caramel se mêlent à merveille.