Braudog (6835) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Draft at Lure’s Annapolis. Dark amber with a nicely laced head. The aroma is nicely blended caramel malt with a hint of grassy hops. This drinks with a similarly well balanced concoction of a warming almost milky alcoholic malt base topped with a just bitter enough hop flourish. Excellent. (#3942, 7/13/2010). KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2010
NO WONDER I liked this beer. Say the words Racer 5 and I’m happy. I noted a rather westcoast hoppyness that I know and love. It definitely had the Belgian spice notes (as the description says clove) to make this a very balanced beer. that balance as my (and just about everyones) ratings show make for a good beer. Congrats to the guys at Bear Republic for yet another winning brew. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a moderate yellow gold color with a bit of haze and a few fingers of white foamy head. Lacing follows the brew down the glass. Nose brings some excellent Belgian yeast characteristics, but doesn’t really integrate the hops at this point. Taste melds the two quite well, with some nice clove and spice banging against some citrus and herbal hops. Very nice touch. Feel is splendid with a good bit of bitterness matched up against a moderately carbonated medium body. One of the better examples of the style that I’ve come across in some time.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-13-2010 Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
ACBF 2008. I really liked this one! Had I not been told, I never woulda known that the wort base for this one was basically that of a pale ale. The belgian strain mostly takes over so you get many of the estery characters you expect from a belgian, but there’s just a hint of that hoppiness in the finish making it very unique. regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2010
16 oz. draft in a standard pint glass at Capone’s
Poured a dark amber with a nice 2-finger head which lasted. The lacing was heavy and abundant throughout. Nose was malty, cheeries but the hops, pine and citrus were there as well. Consistent with the nose, this was nicely balanced - hops and malt. I noticed earthy, piney hops, malt biscuity sweetness and some citrus. All led to a spicey, peppery slightly bitter finish. Interesting and very tasty brew. Mouthfeel was medium and a little rough. There was only light carbonation. This defied comparisons for me but I know I want to try it again. If you see it - go for it!
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
given the description and a quick taster from the bartender, i could not resist a pint of this lovely ale, the belgian yeast strain added a much welcomed fruity complexity, while the backbone of the blended worts from two big hoppy bear republic standby’s made this hop-head feel at home and comforted. Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2008
Enjoyed on-tap at Cole’s. This beer rocks. Dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit colour with a little white head and some lace dots. Served a bit too cold, a taste range as it warmed. Above average mouthfeel, and also above-average carbonation. Very tasty grapefruit, marmelade, a wonderful bitterness. So enjoyable.
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger. This was surprisingly very good- quite a bit better than I remember either of the parts of this beer to be. Hazy deep amber with a nice head and good lace. Aroma is very citrusy, with a dank weed herbal hint and light mint- good sweet malts as well. More big malts in the flavor- light fruitiness, and tons of sticky tacky hops- pine and resin. Good finish- harsh bitterness which was refreshing. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2010
On tap at Paradiso in DC: Pours a transparent deep copper bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel and biscuity nose with a ton of fresh resiny grapefruity hops. Starts with good body and assertive hop bitterness with an underlying malty sweet balance. Finishes crisp and bittersweet with lingering hop flavor. A very nice brew that is much closer to an IPA than a Belgian ale. DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Draft at CAH. Pours deep copper w 2f ow head and great lacing. Nose is big resiny hops, spicy caramel malt, subdued yeast. Tastes rich, smooth, with caramel malt, resiny hops, brown sugar., spicy yeast. This one is very good.