islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2016
4 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Warren, Michigan. Consumed on 4-21-16. Pours a hazy bronze with moderate to high effervescence. Thick, cream-colored head. Looks good. Pleasant, hoppy, Belgian aroma. Scents of brine and paint. Yeasty, fresh smell. Very Belgian taste but also dry. Hoppy Belgian golden ale more than a Belgian IPA. Medium body. Frothy in the palate. Good palate effects. Good beer overall. I don’t necessarily specifically sense Simcoe, which is perhaps my favorite hop. chucklemation (1763) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Pours an Amber/copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, citrus, bubblegum, clove. Flavor is some citrus and tropical fruits, juicy, a bit more muted than the aroma. Very low bitterness, thinner body than I expected. Very good. JK (6294) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2015
At Great Taste 2015. On the sweet side but also surprisingly earthy and herbal. It doesn’t match the flavor profile for what i expect from a Belgian strong. Flavor is good, good thick palate. GenDV138 (7702) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of floral and citrus. Tastes of citrus, floral notes, earthy yeast. Medium body with a dry finish. Different but interesting. ARH (1165) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2015
On tap, poured into a balloon snifter. The aroma has some toffee / caramel notes and a light alcohol touch initially. The alcohol fades, and is replaced by a hop spiciness with bread and bubblegum. After awhile, the aroma settles into clove and tropical notes with a light toffee. The beer has a light haze to the orange-bronze hue, and is topped by a white, big, bubbly, soap head that has moderate retention and lace. The taste is a balanced medium high bittersweet. The beer is oily, a bit on the heavy side, with a big foamy carbonation and a medium full body. The flavor is spicy with a warm alcohol and notes of toast and tropical fruits. It finishes zingy with a spice kick and a light alcohol heat that turns to marmalade and burnt bread which has a moderate length and an aftertaste that’s light with notes of dry, crusty bread and resin, and a light bubblegum hint.
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Tap. Deep golden with small head. Light Belgian spice with moderate hops. Rather low bitterness. Very well done. Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Dry hoppy aroma of hay and citrus with a bananaish belgian fruit. Appears bright clear yellow with swirls of foam. Tastes a lot like a sweet reisling, bright, sweet, citrusy, light. Palate is light, fizzy, nice. Overall, wow, very delicate, flavorful, nice.