jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with a short blurb and info along the right side of label, keep refrigerated as instructed, sampled at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
Poured a clear reddish orange hued copper with a small foamy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin lacing, no sticking at all, not a great beginning.
Lightly fruity aromas of apple and green grapes, some clove and not much else in the way of spices, sweet malts and whiffs of medicinal alcohol.
I was disappointed with the carbonation, pretty moderate, too flat for this Belgian style, and a more dry than crisp, alcohol slick, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, the lack of carbonation makes this feel heavier than it needs to be.
The alcohol is very noticeable in the beginning of the taste, making this a sipper for sure, the alcohol is warming in the palate through out the duration, the clove spiciness is the next thing I noticed, followed by a soft fruitiness, apple, pears and a green grape vinous, a light peppery spiciness comes out and meshes with the alcohol towards the end, at the end I really noticed how the alcohol coats the tongue, too much so, also at the the end, grainy malts finally emerges, along with some candied sugariness, and a dry fruity, grainy finish with the taste of alcohol lingering in the mouth.
Compared to everything else I’ve tried from Hoppin’ Frog, this was a big disappointment, I can understand those who say this is a Gulden Draak clone, except Gulden Draak is much more tasty and balanced, this needs a general boast in flavor, the alcohol is too dominate in the taste.
thegreenrooster (4518) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Pour is a copper with a small white head. Aroma is some brown sugar with some molasses and alcohol in there. Flavor is lots of candi sugar with touches of strong caramel malts and some dark fruits. I guess this is a Gulden Draak clone. If they were going for that i guess this is spot on except the alcohol does not get in the way like Draak does. vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Wow this was one heck of a disappointment. Pours copper / reddish with a light tan head that leaves almost instantly with no trace of a head being there at all. The aroma has plasticy fruit maltiness, some sharp sweeness - quite simplistic and uninspired compared to their other brews. Medium body with some sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with some toasty smooth sweet earthy malt with a bit of spice. The finish is a bit spicier with alcohol showing through. This is incredibly boring for a BSA, but still drinkable. smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours brilliant golden with off-white soda like head. aroma is banana fruity, spicy, and black pepper. Taste is hugely sweet with banana and various fruits. There is some cloves and fair deal of black pepper. Finish is sweet and mild with a good amount of black pepper spicyness. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
22 oz bottle from LeopoldStotch. Thanks Brandon. This pours a golden pee-like color. Aroma is sweet caramel and Belgian yeast. Flavor is nice, but horribly sweet. I don’t know why, but a lot of American Breweries tend to make these Belgian style ales incredibly sweet. This reminded me of Marin Triple Dipsea. Not bad, not great.
Darkover (1542) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Flavor of oranges, sweet malts and yeast. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2007
22 oz. bottle via trade with OhioDad - Pours a clear amber color with a half finger thick bubbly off white head that faded fairly quick. No real lacing to speak of. Aroma is yeast and esters (banana & pears). Flavor is much of the same, sweet, lightly spiced, fruity esters. Medium body. Slight yeast aftertaste. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. A good beer. Thanks Scott. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2007
Not a complicated ale, but a tasty one. And I’d be quite interested in any other beer that this brewery conjures up. It’s got a bright, clear amber body with a small bubbly head that vanishes nearly instantaneously. The aroma is sweet bready malts with a pad of butter, light juicy fruits, and mayhaps a whisp of flowers. Very sweet to drink, that pale malt being cut somewhat by the alcohol in the flavor. There’s also a light, spicy seasoning and a dram of candi sugar in the taste. Nice.CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2007
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Clear copper orange pour has a thin ring of wispy white head. Aroma of bready sweet earthy dark caramel malt with a touch of light fruity complexity. Body starts full, sweet and toasty caramely with some bready, black peppery yeasty notes. Exhibits nice balance and good authenticity, while hiding its alcohol pretty well. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Semi-sweet caramel, yeasty spice and light alcohol in the aroma. Caramel malt with strong yeasty notes. No alcohol taste but good warmth. Sweet flavor and finish. Medium bodied.