PhillyCraft (7937) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2017 superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2009 vintage. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big white grape, grape skin, pear, apple, honey, floral, apricot, grass, herbal earthiness, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt notes and yeast esters. Taste of big white grape, pear, apple, apricot, honey, floral, grass, herbal earthiness, light pepper, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal earthiness, light funk, and white wine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of malt/yeast esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Strong pale ale. Great flavor balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Backlog, Bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold with 2 finger off white head. Notes are baked apples, pear, brett, grass, and clove. Light to medium in the mouth with an ultra drying finish. Can drink a glass of this no problem. bottleforager (3208) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle pulled from cellar and shared with a wine snob. 2012 vintage ? Pours a ripe golden color with three plus finger of white foam. Lots of apple, pear and white flower on the nose with a assertive belgian golden sweetneess. Palate follows but is a bit more muddy than the nose. Lots of sweet belgian candi sugar notes meld into soft fruit nuances. Slight grapey must lingers in the palate with a hint of butterscotch and vanilla. A bit weird, maybe a bit passed its prime but honestly I remember drinking this and Victor a few times fresh with similar results. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle. It pours a light golden color with a tall, rocky white head. The aroma has some grapes, baked apple, pear and light spice. The flavor has more grapes, apples and pear with a little baking spice. Relatively light bodied for the ABV, but sweet on the palate. Well hidden alcohol. Well put together. ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2016
On tap at SLL tasting and 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark golden color with just a faint haze. The aroma is muted but smells vaguely of yeast and lees. The flavor has a lot of grape to it, subtle floral elements and a Belgian yeast funk. Alcohol is kept at bay for the most part, and this is a refreshing option. Full bodied, well carbonated feel with a slight dryness. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Draft at the 40 Lines of Allagash event at City Tap House DC, thanks to DCLawyer. Poured a golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was light spice, mild grape sweetness. Smooth and rounded.
jflopsu (1802) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2016
A gold pour with white head. A very strong wine (chardonnay) aroma. A sweet fruit taste like wine - heavy with grapes. A dry grain aftertaste, but sweet. Really tasted liked a white wine. hackobock (4095) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
July 22, 2015. On tap at Great Lost Bear. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malty, some grape, honey, almond, orange and spice notes. Taste is medium sweet with orange, honey, gran and almond, light bitter with a grassy and spicy notes, quite smooth finish with a touch of warming alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Pours a nice Medium golden yellow color. Minimal fizzy white head, lasted maybe a minute or two. Aromas of light spices, a touch of brown sugar. BrettTaylor (784) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2016
2013 bottle for #drinkitnow. Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a clear gold with thick, pillowy white head. Tons of lacing left on glass. Triple like aroma with definite overtones of white grape fruitiness. Poured second serving into a white wine glass. Aroma is much more fruity in there. Taste is more like a Belgian strong ale, with definite bitterness (resiny maybe) with some underlying mustiness. wchesser (2140) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Was told this was a couple of years old. Cloudy brownish yellow. Nose is tripel-esque, with some apple oxidation, and white grape must. Taste follows. Definitely past it’s prime.