Patrickctenchi (6592) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours clear gold, small white head.
Slightly vegetal scent, heavily spiced.
Taste is softer.....cardamom...less harsh than aroma..some alcohol presents in backtaste.
OK, just a bit over-gimmicked.
shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Cardamom and eucalyptus aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Cardamom/cinnamon malt flavor with light bitter alcohol finish. Intensely spicy. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Strong cardamom and light sweet aroma. Golden with a minimal white head, fine suspended sediment. Sweet malty and light cardamom flavor. Medium body, very dry finish. Cardamom was overpowering in the aroma, but more subdued and balanced in the flavor. Cardamom is such a strong flavored spice to begin with, and I think a light hand would have been in order. The cardamom dominated and kept other flavors from being able to shine through. JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Not sure how this was fresh, but I think it's drinking great right now. Pours a clean orange with a nice whit head. Minimal lacing. Nose and taste is big on the spice- cardamon- the oakiness shows well too. I also picked up some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The malts, yeast, and light hops all balance nicely making this an easy drinking delightful brew. this brew could go nicely with a "white" meat meal, fish, veggies, or even with ice cream or what not as a dessert beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2012
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of spices and other fruity yeast esters, with some banana, cardamom, coriander, sweet bready malts, a bit of candi sugar, and some light oak.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet candi sugar with some fruity yeast esters, banana, coriander, cardamom, and a bit of bready malts. Through the middle, some more light fruity flavors come through with some oak and some more spices. The finish is a mix of some orange and lemon, with some more oak and vanilla flavor and a bit of brandy, yeast flavors, banana, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, dry, and lightly warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice BSPA with the Brandy Oak Barrel aging really adding some great complexity to the beer while still keeping balance.
PhillyCraft (7230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Courtesy of Annie, Pours slightly clear straw yellow with a glowing orange tint and a lacy, wispy white head covering the surface. Aroma of bubblegum, bananas, cinnamon, Belgian candied sugars, vanilla and oaky rum. The caramom is very evident in the flavor, as well as strongly sweet, peppery, and chamomile tea-like dry tastes in the finishes. Lingering sweetness and slight minty burn. This is a decently brewed, refreshing American take on the Belgian strong golden ale but I would much rather have the other half of this collab..PopSkull brewed at Three Floyds.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
Pours a pale hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is spices, cardamom, cinnamon, with some notes of brandy and citrus. The taste is much like the nose with some woodiness, medium sweetness, very spicy, and medium bitterness. Overall, it’s ok but you’d expect more from these two breweries. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/17/2010. On tap in a tulip at Fountainhead for ’Extraordinary Beer’ night.
Poppaskull is a mostly transparent, robust golden color. A fluffy 3 cm white head forms upon pouring and retains nicely, especially considering the high ABV. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass.
Wow. The cardamom just erupts into the nose, even on tap. Yeasty Belgian spice, brandy, a bit of oak, and soft hops provide the aromatic support.
This starts out with a consistency and sweetness like tea with honey. The cardamom is incredibly strong and dominates the other Belgian spices. While apparent, I would prefer a bit more balance, although the cardamom is a great flavor as well. Some light caramel sweetness interacts well with the brandy flavors, which are apparent from the brandy barrel aging. Lightly bitter at the end, there is also a bit of an alcohol bite, not surprising given the 10% ABV.
Right away I notice the silky smooth carbonation. There is a slight dryness that is generally present in the Belgian strong pale ales, which works well with these flavors. A medium body, but that is fuller than most other beers of the style.
I really appreciate how unique the flavor of this beer is with the huge cardamom presence, but the novelty eventually wears off. I think I might be able to rate it even higher if thecardamom was touched down a notch and the whole batch was barrel aged, as opposed to one third of it. To me, that would allow the brandy flavors to stand out a little bit more. Definitely a great beer, though, and one I would order again. superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled 05/2010. Pours cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger fariyl dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, grape, coriander, ginger, biscuit, pepper, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas, with good strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, grape, pear, pepper, coriander, oak, bread, light ginger, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of apricot, citrus, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors, with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Smooth drinking for 9.5%, with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish present. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale style. Nice complexity and flavor balance; with smooth drinking for the alcohol level. mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
bottle. pours hazy light orange no head. aroma of orange and spice. taste of sweet orange and oak.