GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours a dark and slightly cloudy amber color. Smell is sweet, slightly earthy with a little banana schnapps peeking through. Taste is strong on the alcohol with a lot of sweet caramel with some dried fruit and grain. Solid quad. jrob21 (3760) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Another boulevard beer I was excited to stumble across in Nashville. Wild yeast aroma with some fruit and caramel. Pours dark brown with a red hue and big fizzy tan head. Flavor is decent but not as complex as the best of the belgians. Some fruit, caramel sweetness, and breadlike character, wheat. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle in a trade. Pours a dark amber brune body with a 2 finger tan head. Sweet belgain fruity citrus aromatics. Malty sweetness with a nice alcohol warming with caramel in the finish. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Moderately clear amber color, thin even light tan head. Sweeter candied aroma, light malts, candi sugar. Sweet grainy taste, decent quad. Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2008
A hazy dark amber with a thick big bubbled light moka head. Torrefied malts in aroma, caramel toffee, a bit of wild herbs. In mouth, a sweet caramel with coriander, Curacao, notes of vanilla. A bit of alcohol in finale. Tasted at Mondiale 2008, June 1 2008.
SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
damn fine helthy thick head ... lots of dark fruits, rum, heat, warm grape juice flavours ... quite a bold beer .. hugely sweet, with just a touch of bitterness ... pours a tan murky autumn colour .. batch 68235 ... to muddled to be great .. to simple to be a classic... on the road but a detour.... That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Pretty nice. Smooth. Some nice fruitiness. Good mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Its no Westy, but its aight. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
On tap at the 2008 San Diego Strong ale fest, a tasty brown pour with some hints of cherry. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 It has a really nice appearance - very clean and clear, glowing and deceivingly light-bodied to the eye, with a little haze to it. As Boulevard notes, "auburn" is an accurate assessment of this beer’s color. It has a really healthy cream-colored bubbly head that retains very well from the healthy (yet not excessive) carbonation.
This beer is a little hard to smell through its thick head. After a deep enough of a whaff you can detect a little of the classic quad aroma of spice, light yeast and pit fruit (dates and figs are a good match). Sweet and lightly grainy, smooth, and very pleasant, not uncomfortably yeasty. At times you can pull a little smoke and pine out of the aroma as well. As with alot of Boulevard beers, I’ve noticed that there’s a big differece between the appearance and aroma of the beer and its flavor. Unfortunately, in this case, the flavor doesn’t hold up to my expectations.
The beer is insanely impacting on the palate, but not really in an enjoyable way. A little alcohol mixes with the pungency to overwhelm the positive charactersics of this beer, which are hard to detect without trying, but once you get past the pungency, there’s a sweetness and fruitiness reminiscent of fruit punch that surfaces. Overall, it’s tamely sweet, yet unpleasantly sour, strong, and almost offensive (with a hint of pit fruit).
Boulevard says the beer is bold. I’ll give it that, but bold in a bad way. I also find the mouth feel and flavor are pretty lacking. It’s a little too thin in body - if there was a bit more of a body to this and more heft, that would really improve the experience and balance, especially because of its slightly pungent character. Aging might also have a positive effect on this, so I’d be more likely to give this beer a chance after at least a year in the cellar. A little more sweetness could help to counter the pungency as well, but it’s lacking here, too. I think they tried to stretch the fermentation a little too far to make this a big beer - had they left a little more body and sugars in this beer, used a different, less efficient yeast, this could be a much better beer. I think it could have also benefitted from more caramel malts.
It’s warm at the top of the throat. Yeast is almost undetectable except for a yeasty dryness in the finish. Be ready for this beer. It makes me burp eveery time I drink this - and after almost every sip. How is that possible? It’s harsh on the gullet, strong, uncomfortable, too lively, with too much carbonation... just too much. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Lighter amber/orange pour with a tall white head. Much lighter then I was expecting. Lots of fruit sweetness. Citrus, apricots, dry sweetness of fig. Dry finish with a nice carbonation to it that brought out a bit of spiciness.