jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear gold with a large billowing white head. Aroma of white grape, pineapple, and alcohol. Sweet and minerally, with a dry finish.
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
shared bottle. pours a deep golden with lots of bubbles and a thick 3 finger white head. high levels of diacetyl on the nose (butterscotch) - with thin layers of bread and light fruit. medium body with sweet malts up front, softer citrus notes on the sides with some lingering musty dark fruit. dry, sweet finish with some light grape notes coming forward. the alcohol comes out a bit on the end, but is hardly noticeable throughout. overall - very disappointed in this one - great packaging - not great beer, imo.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uncorked at midnight on NYE 2010 with Iowaherkeye. Pours clear light golden color with very fizzy head. Aroma of belgian yeast, fruity esters, with some occasional buttery notes. Flavor is very sweet, highly carbonated and slightly alcoholic finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but a little too sweet for my taste.
JStax (3778) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Aroma is much like a pineapple milkshake. Appearance is a hazy blonde with a thick, foamy white head. Taste is sweet pineapple with yeasty notes up front. Clean palate. Smooth for such a high abv.
AndyReynolds (1057) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2011 Bottle. Super carbonated evident in the pour and head. Aroma is sweet malts, notes of yeast. Very different. Palate is overcarbonated, but easy going down. Flavor is sweet. Considering it was brewed following the German purity law, it is damn good.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) amber with huge eggshell head. Aroma of banana and clove. But flavor is more caramel malt, slighly syrupy. Some banana and clove but not a lot. Not really a Belgian Ale at all - more of an Imperial Weissbier.
thornecb (4826) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold into a flute. White head recedes to skim surface. Honey and treacle aromas. Dry and sweet with banana flambe and rum soaked over-ripe summer fruits.
beerbastard (780) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is great! Needs its own style, not strong Bel. ale. For having only the four basic ingredients and nothing added, this has a lot of complexities. Has apple and sour nose. Very thick palete. Almost a Brett like taste, Mild sweet and clean. No noticable alcohol, for a 10%.
My new years beer! Hope it is contiuned next year!
bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from the BevMo in Citrus Heights, CA. Pours orange gold with a 4 finger foamy white head. Aroma is mildly spicey and very floral. Med body. Flavor is malty, very lightly sweet and moderately hopped. There’s really a lot of play between complex malt and saaz type hops - my guess. Wtih time it seems to go dryish. The flavor is good, and quite intense compared to a pale lager, but a bit understated for a Belgian. I have had Belgians with such unintense flavor, but usually otherwise. Heat is notably absent. Good, but something of a puzzler. Seems more related to those overheated AB special lagers than a Belgian ale. But as time wears on, and the beer warms a bit, some lightly peppery flavor turns up, and maybe that’s some spice from noble hop. Ah, time to just drink it.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from the Four Firkins. Golden colored pour with an effervescent white head. Aroma is bready, fruity somewhat funky aroma. Flavor is dry, sweet and also fruity and funky. Dry finish.