BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tap: Clean golden hue with a lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is quite spicy with heavy cardamom, white pepper, and ginger like vapours along with some biscuity and pils malts, slight Belgian clear candi sugar and Belgian yeast tones, hint of vanilla and tangerine liquors, charred oak as well. The taste follows suit with sugary and sweet malts fighting off an avalanche of spices and losing. Some candied orange peel and twangy Belgian saison like twang. The finish is slightly oaky and charred with some leathery earthy tones, alcohol while apparent is not overpowering. The mouth feel is ashy and grainy dry, honestly not very refreshing, moderate warming, tannic, and slick. Overall, an interesting effort that is simply to muddled and overspiced. I do like the Belgian character when it is free to show it’s face. I am glad to try on tap and therefore avoided buying any bottles. edwardbass (861) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Not sure I’d call this a Belgian strong ale...it’s kind of it’s own thing, like several DFH beers. Taken on it’s own, definitely has the spice aroma. The taste is surprisingly pleasant (for me - I am not a Belgian fan) The spices dominate, cardamom especially. There’s a hint of bitter and a sweetness that compliments the spices. Glad I tried it (I pretty much try anything that 3F is involved with), but not something I’ll repeat. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Sweet, doughy malt nose with some phenolic yeast notes- pepper, clove and golden fruit. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, with lots of pepper, apricots, golden raisins and alcohol. Sweet and boozy, exactly what I’d expect from these brewers. JB84 (652) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2011
Pour golden amber with off white head. Aroma spicy, spices, coriander, cardamom. Taste all over the road cardamom, coriander, Belgian spice, other cooking spices, orange, touch brandy, quite sweet. MF medium body fizzy carb. Not a beer for me was interesting but to all over the place. jackl (8453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle during Late Nights @ RBWG, Asheville. Deep amber pour with a small head. Very gunky, yeasty nose. Some lemon and apricot. Unidentified spices. Similar flavors. A bit of sludgy tired lemon and harvest fruits. Some caramel and wood. Full body, oily. Meh.
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours a bright gold...nose is heavy on the cardomom, sugar and a bit of oak. Slick, overly sweet palate...flavor is slightly herbal, candy sugar and toasted malt. Eh. mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2010
pours a clear golden orange. Aroma is juniper, some sort of spice, and lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, Christmas spices which I assume is the cardamom, and alcohol again comes through. I really didn’t like this nimbleprop (8827) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
750ml bottle pours a lightly hazy, bright yellow with a cloudy, white head. Nose is minty, herbal, yeast, cloves. Flavor has tons of spice, cardamom, herbs, apples, candy, yeast. Full bodied, sweet finish. There is a really strong herbaceousness here. Not a whole lot of barrel.