Trappistenbier (48) - - 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.
note666 (1063) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 - 12 - 06 330ml bottle. amber colour. big, light tan, head. caramel and herbs in aroma. bitter taste.
hobsch (227) - Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.33l from Dranken Geers Gent. Pours deep orange with an off white head. Aroma has touch of caramel, bread, resin, citrus. Taste is light sweetness, very bitter, citrus, grapefruit. Good balance between malty and hoppy flavours. Palate has full body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter.
Alcohol is well hidden. Good DIPA. Not too yeasty.
Plaas (82) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent IPA, very aromatic, balanced, not too bitter nor too sweet. I really like this beer, probably the best IPA I had from Belgium.
sdmmb (253) - USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought from malting pot, Brussels. Extremely hoppy IPA full of taste.
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mutz (433) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl fles. Bruinrode kleur. Ruikt citrussig , sinaasappel, grapefruit. Smaakt idem, behoorlijk hoppig, weinig zoet. Goede nasmaak. Niet te koud drinken dan ruikt en smaakt het beter. Goed spul.
berntholer (492) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
slight beige head that disappears with some lacing. caramel brown colour. aroma of styrofoam (dry-hop?), tropical fruit, hop, sweet. taste like aroma with a bitter finish. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. really good stuff. bottle 33 cl / bbf sep-2015
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Bright amber orange with a large off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, juicy orange, sweet florals. Taste is of blood orange, caramel and pine.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is orange in color, off white head, and clear. The smell is hops, sweet, deep, pine, resin, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, fruits, pine, caramel, and bitter.
DwarfeD (462) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle at home. Hazy amber with a full white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet with nice hoppy notes. Has a dry hoppy finish. Grass, herbs, tangerine and pine. A very decent imperial IPA.
NikkTwist (1237) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Eulogy. Very hazy copper pour with some off-white tan foam. Nice jucy full-bodied IPA. Pink grapefruit. Red currants. Fresh oak. Leaves. Ripe strawberries. Passionfruit.Pineapple cores. Nice dry finish.