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 (3548) - 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 (1037) - 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 (4736) - 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 (766) - 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 (12136) - 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. Thereís 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 thatís 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.
bluejacket74 (1511) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours a clear golden color with a couple inch off-white head. Little bubbles continuously move from the bottom of the glass to the top. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, but weak. The brew smells like bready malt, apples, grassy hops and an herbal/floral aroma. It tastes like white grapes, pears, bready malt, grassy hops, a weird bitter flavor (not bitter in a good way) I donít know exactly what it is, and a bit of apples and booze. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís well carbonated and has a dry finish. Drinkability is average. Overall I think itís an OK beer. Itís not bad, but I donít think itís too good, either. It was nice to try this beer, but looking back now I certainly could have spent that $20 in better ways.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful bottle and aroma, but the taste leaves much to be desired. The pour is nice, bubbly with a light head that quickly disappears, amber and quite transparent. The aroma is fruity, tart, with a hint of sweet and yeast. I was enticed by the smell. The taste however was quite disappointing, especially after such a nice nose. The initial burst of flavor is quite nice, a lot of yeasty flavor with some tart fruit and a hint of spice which all quickly disappear as it runs down the tongue. This beer typifies Sam Adams for me, a big advertising budget with a mediocre product. For $17.99 ON SALE, a disappointment. Iíd rather spend my money on two Deliriums for the same price.