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.
melush (753) - SPAIN - SEP 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en La Birra. Color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, resinoso, citrico, ligeramente a malta, caramelo.
mmmbeer (1246) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle served in a shaker- poured a transparent brazen copper-orange color, one finger foamy off white head formed but did not lace upon the vessel. Aroma of pine, citrus, caramel, resin. Hits the mouth with a high-medium body, malt is not overly sweet- which is refreshing, middle has a fine and good size hop wave, finish is acidic with waves of sweetness that don’t seem to end. Interesting.
hawanna (2178) - GERMANY - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber, cloudy, frothy, tan foam, spruce, citrus, cereal, light sweetness, very bitter, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, bitter,
Mainuh_man (145) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear orange-amber with a huge, off-white head. Not surprisingly, this beer is all about hops. Aroma is citrus, resin and floral hops. Medium sweetness with nice caramel flavors, but then resiny and citrusy hops dominates. Finishes with a long resiny hop bitterness. Medium-full body with a slick mouthfeel and average carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty brew. Not the most complex imperial IPA, but certainly has a good balance of hop to malt.
Excalibur123 (138) - Soria, SPAIN - SEP 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color naranja oscuro con media cabeza de espuma que perdura en la copa; se aprecian aromas a lúpulo, hojas de pino y cítricos, lima y pomelo; en boca entrada potente con amargor moderado, largo pos gusto donde el amargor mantiene su presencia largo tiempo pero sin resultar molesto, notas a resina, una cerveza con buen cuerpo y carbónico bajo; compleja y bien balanceada, una buena opción para los amantes de las ipas.
Zymurgeist2 (1032) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass at Cafe Rose Red in Brugge. First beer in Brugge at a wonderful bar. Aromas explode out of the glass of fresh citrus hop. Slightly haze pale orange with full white head. Amazing flavor as well for a great start to the trip.
momordgz (104) - - 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 (588) - 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 (3394) - 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.