jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle, June batch... Alex just canít stop himself, but Iím about to have to stop drinking these terrible beers... harsh terrible aroma of yeast, and fresh pine... tastes stronger and worse than the nose, this is terrible donít bother
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy deep amber coloured body with a bronzey glow and a thin, slightly frothy tan head. Aroma of nice caramel and fruity sweetness, a bit of alcohol, a decent amount of grapefruit and grassy hops and a bit of citrus. Medium-bodied; Strong pungent hoppy flavour at first with a grapefruit and herbal taste that fades fast and shows a nice sweetness, a little earthiness and a mellow pit fruit taste with raisins coming through near the end. Aftertaste shows a nice well-rounded taste with nothing deep in particular, but a good balance of malt, hops, sweetness and a bittering alcohol flavour. Overall, not a great beer, but not bad - interesting. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from K&E Discount Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 03-September-2011 for an expensive US$10.39 sampled at home in Washington on 07-October-2011.
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep orange/copper cloudy pour thin off white head .... aroma of fruity yeat and some citrusy hops .... taste is a nice punch of citrusy hops with a bit of a resiny oily mouthfeel and a touch of malty and fruity yeast .... the citrusy hop end lingers into a bitter punch ... not a bad belgian ipa abv hidden well
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strawberry Banke CBT, Portsmouth, NH. 8 oz taster glass. Aroma of grapefruit, malt. Taste reminds me more of IPA, not a favorite of mine. But glad I tried it.
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strawberry Banke CBT, Portsmouth, NH. 8 oz taster glass. Aroma of citrus hops, mild yeast. Taste is more like an IPA to me. Strong malt, with hops and a good amount of yeast in the body. Medium / full in body. Interesting spin on a Belgian IPA. Overall ok. Nothing to run right out and find a bottle of.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2/2011 & drank 8/2011...meh, not so fresh, but whatever... Pours a muddy orange color with thin frothy head. Nose starts with sappy hop resin, pine needles, and orange peel molassis with a dose of medicinal fumes. Flavors bring all these attributes to the tongue and some festive spice all of which is brought to the forefront by almost over adequate sweetness...its not overly belgian tasting though, but of course thatís a very good thing. Its a decent beer though...tastes like a lot of east coast ipas but with significantly more complexity than most east coast ipas have. A sweet, spicy, hoppy, medicinally interesting and seemingly enjoyable beer.
jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
P: Cloudy gold/amber. Low head, low carbonation.
A: bitter, citrus
F: bitter. hoppy. malty, with some residual sugar. slightly chalky.
unpleasant piercing bitterness in aftertaste. indistinguished malt doesnít
meld well with bitterness.
M: slightly heavy and thick/lingering.
rzaxxx (15) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer, but seem to be the outlier. Canít realate to some of the other ratings - quality control? Different batches? Itís true - it doesnít fit into any neat category, but a very good beer nonetheless. Bottled 4/2011, Batch 5. bottle #1808 - maybe itís been improved since earlier batches. Poured a beautiful orange/amber, mildly citrusy/floral nose, faint Belgian hops, tasted and felt full in the mouth - sort of a Belgian IPA, where the sweetness and the yeast dampen some of the bittering hops. Just a good, perhaps sui generis beer. Bought after a tasting at Nikkiís in Providence, RI.
bmerz (708) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much about it seems overtly Belgian, perhaps an at some portion of the mouth feel and some breadiness in the middle and across the tongue. But it is quite nice all around. The smell is of tangerines and spices. Sticky sweet and oily on the beginning/front. Ends quickly with dry bitter finnish
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC 2011, copper pour, with huge fluffy head. Substantial hop presence, tangerine peel. Sharpe bitterness, decent flavor, not too much signifying anything Belgian.