Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2011
750 ml bottle. Hazy blonde color, foamy white head (and its a persistent one!). Fizzy, lighly hoppy at first, pale fruits are dominant in the taste. Comple yeast flavors. Agrume, bananas and honey give the sweet mouthfeel that comes first and then is balanced by the bitterness of hop and yeast. I waited a few months before I drank it, should have drank it first, because I’m pretty sur the flavors would have been even more agressive (in a good way!). Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
Extremely clear golden orange colour. Frothy, very pure white head. Medium carbonation. Very pure looking beer. Lovely spice/herb aroma. Very pleasant and appealing floral, herb flavour. Spicy fruity flavour. Nice bitterness. Rich, almost sickly finish. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
750ml bottle provided to me by Freud...A honey gold beer, nice looking with huge amounts of carbonation, a gusher so be careful when you pour as it foams up super quick. At least four fingers of off white head rises up. Great fluffy retention and lacing...The aroma is light honey on the front with lots of yeast and floral hops. I hate to steal Alex’s line but this is very similar to Duvel. The taste is basically spot on with the aroma, yeast dominated with floral hops, but this is sweetness comes through a lot more, so this is a very sweet Duvel.
A very good and tastey beer worth getting a hold of. Doing Canada proud. JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle from CFrancis. Pour golden slightly hazy great pillowy head and terrific lacing. Aroma very floral and grassy. Taste wow big bitter grassy and floral hops, spicy Belgian yeast cloves and a lingering taste that reminds me of Columbus hops. Medium to full body with faint but good carb. Awesome I love hoppy Belgians so this was win!! deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at the post EBF tasting, thanks! Poured a clear gold with a white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a nice pine note with a bit of citrus as well as some sweet grains. Flavor started with sweet grains with a growing hop presence with grapefruit and then pine coming out.
sseb69 (1909) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Bouteille 750 ml. 10%. Couleur paille dorée, claire, mousse blanche. Arôme de houblon floral, malt, fruits complexes. En bouche, fraîche, houblon, notes d’épice, poires. Finale amère mais pas trop. Très bonne. Eructoblaster (4205) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle - 750ml. Pours a hazy golden body with low carbonation and a lasting white frothy head. Well balanced, complex malty/hoppy aroma with yeasty, grainy, fruity, and some spicy hints. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Terrific, sharp hoppy taste that carries coriander, honeyish, flowery and even some subtle woody notes. Leaves a neverending, warming, hoppy/herbal finish. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Awesome! crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
750ml green bottle. A++ for the packaging, it looks cool when you hold it to the light with the beer inside. Bottle says 2010 but the bottling date is 2011 Jan 07. Merci Philippe!
It pours a clear amber gold with a huge foamy white head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing.
It smells super spicy. The yeast really is noticeable. It has a coriander and clove presence. The hops are there, they are grassy with an underlying of peach. The more you sniff it, the fruitier it becomes it seems.
The flavor dominates. It has a classic Belgian Strong Pale ale base. It is spicy and floral with a bit of bready malt. It also has a decent amount of hops. The combo of hops is exactly what I would put in an Belgian IPA, in fact it is almost the same as my hop bill in my homebrew. It has a ton of citrus, just pounding tropical citrus really, the malt sweetness really brings out the hop flavors. It has a medium to high bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste.
This is exactly what I look for in a Belgian IPA, it is spicy and moderately bitter with a big fruity hop kick, though they could have dry hopped it a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-23-2011 06:18:03 patricks110 (2495) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
Amazing beer. Cellared this one for 17 months. The body is a light copper orange with a thick two to three finger purest white head. Aroma is intensely complex with wafting Belgian yeast and moderate spice. Notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and light fruits such as lemon, orange and apricot. The taste is incredibly smooth and silky with mild carbonation. Very citrussy and spicy overall. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable on the finish. A moderate hop finish is also noted, but was not present very much in the aroma. Overall, a wonderful beer. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Huge, huge thanks to Fred for bringing this down, fresh, to Boston.
An incredible, fascinating beer. The nose is kind of earthy, spicy, slightly citrusy. Very much a noble hop presence, though Trevor said he thought it might be skunked, I just think it’s a combination of Saaz and Pils malt that brings the horrors of trash euro lagers to mind. Regardless, the beer has a ton of flavor going on, citrus and spice and a slightly funky yeast quality that really pulls everything together. A touch high on the alcohol, which keeps it from being perfect. With Belgian styles I tend to be more sensitive to boozy qualities.