Borresteijn (7517) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2017 notalush (5929) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this last night at Boston’s Belgian Beer Fest- the brewer himself pulled it from the tap and told me all about his collaboration - it was loud, and it was hard for me to understand his accent, so I though it was the Houblon at first, but as he spoke, and I sipped, I knew it was a totally different animal - I don’t much care for Brooklyn Blast, but that Chouffe yeast has worked magic on this recipe - where the blast is overly carbonated and abrasive, the gnomette has a more natural, soft carbonation - the hop profile seems much more balanced, and the citrus character such a high hop profile provides mingles well with the fruity esters produced by the belgian yeast - this was one of the better beers at the fest - Brooklyn will be brewing this recipe soon, with some variations, and releasing it as Cuvee D’Achouffe - hopefully it will be as good.
Converting ticks to ratings. Had this back in 2006 on tap at In de Wildeman. I remember this to be a very heavy, strongly hopped beer, biting bitterness, nettles, pine, some citrus, alcohol, yeasty. Had a palate that was used to sweet Belgian beers, this was quite a shocker. Didn't really enjoy it back then. Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
One-off IPA brewed in collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery, with no less than eight American and English hop varieties, of which five were used for dry-hopping. An IPA from a time when the style was only just beginning to get a foothold among Belgian micro breweries, with a fruity and malt sweetish onset quickly evolving in a dry, herbal and leafy, citrussy, very complex, long hop bitterness. Wonderful experiment, too bad it hasn’t been continued. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Tap at BT. Orange amber body with a thin off white head. Citrus with earthy and floral hops. Nice spices, and some strong hop resins to finish. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Tap at the Blind Tiger for the Brooklyn event. Very hoppy aroma, a touch of sweet and spice. Bacony, dank, peppery, deeply and wonderfully complex. I could smell this thing for ages. The flavor is sweet, savory, Belgian-inspired, with a thick body and good carbonation. Fairly mild, despite strong hops. Very interesting. JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Draught. Pours a cloudy pale gold with almost no head. Nose is fruity, candy pineapple and citrus hops, quite sweet. Taste is a huge candy pineapple sweetness up front paired with citrusy hop note, with the spicy yeast presenting itself with a candy ginger note. Resiny pine hops emerge as the flavor progresses, lingering on the finish with more of the sweet candy note. Alcohol is present, but doesn’t get in the way. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly syrupy with subdued carbonation. Huge beer, unbelievably sweet, but not overly complex - but undeniably different.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours a slightly fogged gold with minimal head. Nose is strong with a tangerine/nectarine kind of thing. Flavor is beautifully hopped. It seems like the hops are well mixed with the Belgian yeast aspects. You can tell there is 9% alcohol on this one. It is a very slight detractor from the overall, though. Feel is very smooth liquid and nice on the carbonation too. Absolutely amazing beer. You don’t see a lot of IPAs in the Belgian style, but I would consider this an outstanding example. A complete travesty this is not mass produced. auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 2, 2008
"The Final Batch" Hazy oranged colored pour with small head. Florally, pine cone aroma with a strong citrusy, perfumy flavor. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Sampled on 2/16/07 on tap at Max’s 3rd Annual Belgian Beer Festival: Slightly hazy dark golden bronze appearance has a thin, wispy-lacing frothy white head. Aroma of sweet bready Belgian malt with some light fruity notes. Body starts full and pale malty sweet with some biscuity and caramely notes with a smooth toasty, bready yeasty finish. Nicely-balanced, an authentic malty Belgian strong ale, although I don’t see why this is classified as an IPA. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2007
Slight hazy pale with small white head. The aroma is light, banana, bread and honey. The flavor is pepper, honey, pear, apple and corriander. Medium light body with sparkling/prickly carbonation. CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2007
draught at ZBF 2007: Hazy summer late afternoon glow with large thick meringue head. First impressions on the aroma was hops, hops, sweet summer fruits, slight eau de cologne, and umm... hops. After the first approach I began to notice some stale, sorry "aged," hop aroma. Expecting to be overwhelmed by a harsh hop explosion, I was delighted to be met with a wonderful balanced (well... maybe not balanced) creamy libation. Sweetness, followed by bitterness, spice, green hop, then mellow hop. Hints of orange sherbert coming from deep within. The hops offered a nice interuption amongst many sticky sweet beers at the ZBF.