jimmack (1223) - 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.
coldbrewky (1461) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Christmas beer! Hooray. Thanks Mother! More yeast twang! Lovely in the glass.
OmgIPA (18) - - NOV 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Hazy burnt orange with very small head.
Aroma: ripe banana and bubble gum, the Belgian yeast really shines through.
Taste: moderate carbonation with the taste very similar to aroma with some breadiness to go along
Overall: nice beverage, reminds me of a Hefeweizen.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
commonmac (447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased either at Four Firkins, Elevated, or Surdyk’s...my memory is failing me. Poured into glass purchased in Brussels. Pours a deep orange hue with hazy characteristics making their presence known. Aroma is bready/yeasty with some mild banana and citrus. Taste has plenty of spice to it with coriander at the forefront and even brings to mind a slight bit of sour. It has some caramel notes but the hops eventually become the primary player as the taste nears its end. The aftertaste had a slight metallic note I didn’t appreciate. Overall, I would consider this a very good Belgian Pale Ale and one I would gladly recommend to other beer drinkers. Had to look up what verboten meant and, because this beer was so tasty, I’m going to start using it in sentences to impress all my friends. Example: Drinking this beer is the opposite of verboten.
Niko100 (2087) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of yeast, fruit, coriander, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, hops, citrus, pepper, and spice; Finish is slightly bitter; Pretty good.
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - SEP 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-11-13-
Served on tap in pint glass
Appearance – Served an amber-orange colored brew with a thick and creamy off white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is bready and yeasty with a moderately strong sweet aroma of candied sugar, caramel , banana and a bit of bubblegum. Mixing with these aromas are notes of a spiciness of clove and coriander as well as a little bit of a lemon smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a creamy- lightly roasted bready taste that has lots of candied sugar sweetness upfront. Straight off there are also flavors of banana, with a yeastiness quickly coming to the tongue more after the beginning of the initial taste. Coriander and clove soon follow suit with some citrus hop making its way on the scene as well. This mix of flavors takes the taste to its end where a very satisfying and smooth flavor is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a beer of only 5.9 % abv with a carbonation level that is slightly lower than would have been anticipated for the style. It actually was quite nice for the bready and lightly roasted flavors of the brew with the overall mouthcoating feel produced by the combo of body and carbonation rather soothing.
Overall – A very tasty BPA. It had a fantastic taste and feel and is one I will certainly come back to again and again.
JDBaker11058 (1388) - Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: amber orange, near white creamy head. Aroma: minimal aroma--dusty citrus? Taste: weird taste; hint of honeyed graham crackers before a bit of hops dries everything out. Finish: aggressively dry finish, surprising alcohol burn. Notes: Substandard. On draft at Quench! In Silver Spring, MD.
edgallow (2459) - 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 (302) - 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 (36) - - 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 (304) - - 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.