jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Hazy gold with big, foamy, off-white head / Nose of pineapple upside down cake / Full body, creamy, moderately sweet and big malts, but also decent balance of hops, and long finish / Flavors of pineapple, cardamom, caramel, oak, coconut, vanilla, and brandy / A little bizarre, not unusual for Dogfish, but very good. Would be a good accompaniment to white cake. justinwmaynard (14) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Wow... I’m kinda surprised this beer doesn’t get the recognition it truely deserves. Perhaps it’s because Three Floyds delivered this fresh to my local watering hole.. this is by far one of my favorites.The cardamom flavor truely separates itself from the competition. The oak brandy flaor is very distinctive, which escaltes the over-all taste of the cardamom. Medium body beer with a long finish, tasting multiple fruity notes. I want a pint right now! Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2011
THOUGHTS: Wow. Very interesting. I don’t think I’ve had that much cardamom in a beer since Weyerbacher Decadence. Hid alcohol incredibly well. It was almost like beer, wine and liquor combined with a fruity drink. Simply unique. Gotta love collaborative brews. The aroma stayed appealing throughout, but the flavor got a little overpowering after a while and slightly cloying. I gave the aroma a perfect 10, but I can’t explain why except to say that it was very pleasant.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, dark yellow to light orange with an average, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left good, but sporadic lacing. The aroma had, candy sugar; light yeast; peach; white wine; honey; sigh alcohol; cardamom; other spices; apricot, orange and slight brandy. In the flavor there was cardamom, brandy, tropical fruits, white wine, candi sugar, other spices, hints of orange, peach and apricot and some yeast. The medium body was a little syrupy and then dry with moderate to rather fizzy carbonation and a light alcoholic finish. 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. 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.
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merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Cinnamon, Ginger
T: Cinnamon, Ginger, Mild Citrus
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicey
Overall, a solid spicey saison beer with nice sweetness. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Definitive cardamom aroma. Champagne like evervescence. Very hazy with creamy, white head and sticky lace. Sweet with discernable cardamom aspect and some less obvious Belgian qualities. Very flavorful and enjoyable brew. Top notch winter brew Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
On tap at rehobeth, it pours bright golden and light orange hue with a dercent white head.The aroma and flavors have that potent Belgian spice and yeast flavors are so awesome in my nose. It has the spice from the cardamom settle with the funky yeast to drink relly well with some light sweet notes. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 Bottle. Style says Belgian strong ale, but I would say this is more of a spice beer. Pours a nice rich golden with froathy head. Aroma is sweet malts with fall spices, oak, ginger, and dark fruit. Palate is carbonated, but easy drinking. Taste brings out the brandy, but also the spiceiness. I am impressed. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 21, 2011
750 ml bottle courtesy of Todd, shared with Scott. Pours a clear golden orange color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of cardamom, ginger, lemongrass, brandy, apple pie, peppery notes and hints of Brett yeast ?? Taste of cardamom, ginger, brandy notes, lemongrass, apple pie, pepper and yeast.