brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spicy Belgian flavors and grain, sweet in the middle, heavy spices on the back too. A bit much for me.
EithCubes (4413) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Capped 750, noisy open, but not a gusher. Very sweet nose with yeast, candis-like fruity esters, light mineral. Pours rich orange-golden with a dense beige head. Pils malt base but superheavy in beautiful honey, light spice with a lot of (fortunately rounded) alcohol, very fruity from the obv Belgian yeast. Fat body with light wisps of yeast and alcohol, warms quickly and enthusiastically but doesnít burn. Fresh and clean, very bright orange citrus spikes through the mass, but there are lighter plummy/grape tones underneath -- nowhere near as much as in a Quad, but a pleasant slight accent. Low bitterness, strong sweetness. Either needs time to settle out or a recipe tweak, I love the shading toward a Tripel but would prefer it to be much drier.
BiddleBrau (829) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon Grand Cru on tap at yards. Hazy lighter amber white head. Minimal nose. Spicy and boozy with hint of Bourbon barrel. A bit fuller maltier palate. Alcohol a bit disruptive.
nimbleprop (3872) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle pours a clear, neon orange with some little white head. Nose has a lot of spice and papaya, candy sugar. Flavor is the same, heavy candy, melon, papaya. Full, spicy finish.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
transparent gold, large bubbled white head gone fast. Estery nose is banana and pepper. Flavor estery and sweet, heavy sugar cookie mid before light grain and pepper finish. Grainy popcorn end, all over unpleasant.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl bottle. Clear light amber body with small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some alcohol, spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange. Medium body, light stickiness.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by argo0, thanks! Poured a clear orange color with an off-white head. Aroma was yeas notes, sweet tropical notes, sugar character. Flavor was Belgian yeast notes, malts. Sweetness.
Travlr (9839) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thank you! Hazy bright golden color, white edge head. Aroma of funky ctrus. Taste is lemon, straw. OK.
BeerandBlues2 (8458) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours clear orange with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast esters and spices, biscuit malt and pear notes. Flavor is malt dominant with spices and esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark orange color. The head featured is an excellent 2-finger offwhite shade with really nice retention. Given its frothy texture, though, it doesnít really leave much lacing on the glass.
S: There are some really nice apple and pear notes from the yeast. Pale malts and candied sugar make a nicely subtle backing to the fruit esters. I even pick up some peach and apricot notes as it warms up. I really like how fruity the aroma is.
T: ...and the flavor is just as fruity. There are tons of apple, pear, pineapple, peach, and apricot flavors from the fruit esters. I donít pick up much pale malts or hop bitterness; this is dominated by fruitiness. Hell, it even comes across as íjuicyí. For 10%, there isnít much alcohol presence at all.
M: Despite the sweet flavors, this one is relatively light and crisp. No alcohol can really be felt on the palate. Iíd like about 10% more carbonation, but otherwise, I canít complain about the mouthfeel too much.
O: I really like this. Iíd even suggest this deserves a bit more hype. While itís too sweet to be a proper Duvel clone, the fruit notes are too wonderful for me to care that much.