jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottled labeled as Alpha. Hazy orange/amber color with a medium sized off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Grassy, mildly spicy aroma with hints of tropical fruit and some citrusy hops. Biscuity malt flavor with some bitter hops up front and a nice dry clean finish. When I bought a case of this last year the beer was a bit sweeter and more fruity. The year in the bottle seems to have dried the beer up a bit and has become more yeasty and "Belgian-like" than I remember it being. I am glad I waited to rate it because I probably would have given it a low 3’s score last year, and like it much better now.
Rerate 1 hour later. Opened up a second bottle from the same case after enjoying the one earlier tonight. This bottle was more like I remembered it last year. A bit sweeter, with much more fruity esthers coming out, along with some banana and bubblegum. Still tasty, but not as good as the bottle from one hour ago. My rerate reflects the average of the two beers combined.
edgallow (2002) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of yeast, floral, malts and citrus. Taste is yeast, malts and citrus.
oOJUXEOo (274) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is golden and hazy. Thick white head that dissipates quick. Subtle Belgian funk and well balanced malt profile. Hops are light and just a well done interpretation of the style.
HarryPlopper (18) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, amber appearance with some orange hues. Decent head when poured, some lacing.
Floral bouquet with notes of spice.
Outstanding taste with floral and orange notes. Slight bitterness with a sweet finish.
Very smooth mouthfeel, not too much carbonation and light in the mouth.
Overall, an excellent beer.
DrinkinWell (262) - - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clocloudy copper. Honey, sweet malts, yeast on the nose. Sweet citrus, slight bitterness. Tangy, honey flavors. An interesting American take on a Belgian ale.
DSG (5737) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks David C. Slightly hazy deep golden. Fruity aroma with malt, some caramel and candy-ish notes. Sweetish flavor, fruity, slightly caramelly, slightly spicy, with a drier finish. Medium-bodied.
Lightrider (307) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into an ale glass. Pour is a haze brown. Aroma is malt and yeasty. Taste is a wash between malt and yeast. Finish is full body ed. Very good ale
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazy burnt copper color. Before the dregs were poured in, it was clear amber. There’s about one and a half fingers of an eggshell-colored head, having that soapy froth expected from a Belgian-style ale. The lacing left behind is pretty decent.
S: This has plenty of fresh-cut apples, some hints of apricot, and a little pear, as well. The fruitiness here is good, and it’s subtly backed by a bready yet spicy yeast note. I even pick up a kiss of hops. While the aroma is ’basic’, there’s no doubt it works quite well.
T: It starts off pretty fruity (apricots, apples, and pears mainly), before it’s quickly replaced with bready notes. It finishes pretty spicy, as well: the black pepper and herbs I pick up slightly reminds me of a saison. But make no mistake, this isn’t a saison. No real complaints apart from the lack of depth.
M: Any Belgian ale worth its weight in ghost chilies should always finish dry and somewhat fizzy - in layman’s terms, it should feel like it’s evaporating off the tongue. This one does that. However, it seems to rely too much on the powerful carbonation doing that job, as once that goes, its residue sticks around on the tongue a bit more than it should.
O: Another solid offering from Weyerbacher. They hit the basics bang on, but there isn’t quite enough ’zing’ to make this a stellar example of the style. Still, I’d drink it again.
Underdogs88 (91) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber appearance. Slight haze with particulate matter dispersed throughout the beer. A nice sized white head with good head retention and lacing. Moderate citrus notes on the aroma. Flavor has citrus notes upfront with moderate pepper notes on the end with hints of bubblegum. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is medium dry. The carbonation is medium. Overall, it's an easy drinking beer.
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arkurzynski (1503) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber pour. Nose of yeast spice and fruit esters with bitter pine and a weird smoke-like aspect. Flavor is fruity malt, Belgian candy, deep toasted malt, biscuit, and finishes with a deep, dry, pine bitterness. Lingering pine and fruit. Okay but a tad odd.
beerbrains (22) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: a mixture of hay malt with a slight underlying floral
Appearance: amber, hazy, white foam, frothy head
Taste: Odd mixture of medium sweetness with a salty finish
Palate: thin feel, medium body, lightly bitter, long finish
Overall: a pale ale that is an odd mixture of malt and hops. The hop taste really comes out at the finish, lasts long, and gets a little salty