dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle pours golden in color with a lively white head. The aroma smells of biscuits, apples, and a slight grassy hop character. Flavor is well integrated and covered in apples, pears, caramel, and honey with a clove and cinnamon spiced finish. The overall mouthfeel is full and seems to be developing into a great brew. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Took me a while to grok that the Red and Blue were different brews (I’m simple). Nice lively golden pour, with a crisp crackling head that recalls Duvel majesty. Slightly sweet nose is a trace different than what I expected. Sugars and sweet malt tend to dominate the flavor, and there’s a slight imbalance - more dry and spicy flavors would benefit the beer, in my opinion. Enjoyable but not top shelf. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pours a transparent bright goldenrod with a thin-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity pale malt with some floral character and honey notes along with light fruity yeasty esters. Starts with good fullness and sweet doughy malts showing a touch of honey, caramel and clove before a bready slightly warming finish. Pretty well-balanced and complex, but could hide its alcohol better. daniele (9660) - ITALY - MAY 3, 2009
oro schiuma abbondante peristente note leggeremnte speziate maltate etiliche in bocca discreto malto un poco speziata buon corpo ma non emozionante Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle. Pours a golden orange body with a white fluffy head. Loaded to the brim with carbonation and yet none is lost in the body of the beer. Fruity aroma of apples and dark fruits. Etoh latent fruit with some light spices. Chewy mouth feel more like plum and candy sweet but somewhat subdued by the high carbonation. A light almost cinnamon character but i feel this is again the tremendous level of carbonation. A delicious belgian ale.
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
My Bottom Line:uhre (384) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2009
This seductive Belgian Strong Ale lures you in with its spicy oranges grounded in honeyed malts, before licorice and alcohol warmth make sure you remain under its lascivious spell.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick sheet of foam bobs atop the hazy orangey golden, drawing plenty of lacing.
-Effervescence is pillowy, alleviating most of the dextrinous girth and making this almost easy to drink.
-The spiciness is also herbal and lightly bitter. More hops in the back would have been great.
-The licorice might get intense for some after a full glass.
-All flavors are perfectly integrated and balanced, just like all Het Anker strong ales as a matter of fact.
Golden beer with a nice creamy head. Aroma of flowers, spicies and banana. Flavor is similar a twist of flowers perhaps from the spicies and then the banana flavor, which is in perfect balance with the other things. sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
(Bottled, 0.75l) Slightly hazy golden (almost opaque with yeast) with a smallish, bubbly and lacy head. Pale-malty aroma with saazy hops and hints of anise spiciness. Flavor has quite a bit of alcohol, with sweetish honey, moderate acidity, pale maltiness, and some smooth and aromatic, grassy-herby hops. With yeast, the alcohol gives some room to spiciness, making this more drinkable. Medium to full, slicky body with quite low carbonation and some alcohol burn. Decently malty body, but - especially without yeast - the alcohol is way too intrusive, and there’s no complexity. You could call this a Belgian malt liquour, until you get into the yeasty part. Even then, it’s well below the typical Anker quality. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2009
Max’s 72 Hour Belgian Beer Fest - Soft hazed gold, creamy white head. Yeasty sugared pear aromas warm to notes of honeyed blue cotton candy. Soft sweet fruity flavors round with a touch of hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, light bitter finish. More one dimensional then I would have guessed. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
I stumbled across this at the Sam’s in Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.A... and I’ve been stumblin’ ever since... My left nut!, but this is a fine beer!. It pours a lively, deep golden body with a substantial, fluffy head that coats the glass with heavy lacework. The aroma has warm honeyed bread, apples and cherries, sweet pale malt, soapy yeast, red beans and brown rice... Wait! The last ones are what I have simmering on the stove! The flavor has a sugary fruit sweetness that somehow does not cloy, a light malty sweetness, a touch of citric tartness, and an afterthought of funk. Delicious! Probably won’t pair well with the red beans & rice, but I’ll suffer through it.