Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2017
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a semi-dark red/slightly brown color with a sly film of a tan head. Sly messy lace.
The aroma had some sweet malts, earthy hops, candy sugar, raisins/plums, and touches some light spices - somewhat like ginger but slightly like allspice.
The flavor leans towards the sweet side through the previously mentioned aromas. Mostly sweet aftertaste of the sugars and raisins/plums. Sweet malty finish.
The feel was about medium bodied with a fair grip on my tongue, between sessionable and sipping quality. Good carbonation and the ABV felt fine.
Overall, Belgian strong ale or English strong ale? Some sort of odd combination or perhaps the brewer’s creative take on this one. I’m not sure, maybe again. johnnnniee (4404) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at the source
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a decent tan head that shows minimal retention and lace. Smells of sweet malts, candy sugar, earthy hops, hints of dark fruit and lemon with a fair amount of spicy Belgian yeast esters. Taste is malt and sugary sweet with enough hops to call but never to raise. Sweet brown sugar with hints of dark sticky sugary fruit countered by a moderate level of earthy hop flavor. Yeasty phenolic and a hint of lemon remind us we are Belgian inspired. I couldn’t find any rose hops in this, but I’m not sure if I would know what they were when I found them anyhow. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent brew, I really enjoyed this. mcox90 (2120) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2008
On tap at brewpub. Pours a murky, cloudy, orange brown color with a 2 finger tan head. Fair amount of lace rings the glass. Nose is malt, brown sugar & dark fruits. Medium bodied palate with a fair amount of carbonation. A mixed bag of flavor assaults the taste buds with this one. Dark fruits, caramelized brown sugar, misc spice. Its all in there. Its a confusing brew. Not unpleasant, but not real good either. jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2008
on tap-pours a rich retaining light tan head that laces and cloudy orange/brown color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, yeast, medium/dark fruit. Taste is rich medium malt-caramel/anise, yeast, spice, medium/dark fruit, secondary metallic/earthy hops. Full side of medium body. Occasional. A Belgian Golden/Dubbel? Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Cloudy sunset orange. Light off-white head. Duh! This smells and tastes like jelly beans. Sugary, caramelly, straightforward jelly bean. Not much else. Oh! You have the limey jelly bean, the orange jelly bean, all crushed together, several varieties, but it’s still a very sweet candy beer that felt more like a farce than a beer. Still, I must confess to a little addendum: It was also a bit spicy and surprisingly enough, medium bodied and with bitting bubbles.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
In short: Liquid jelly bean served in a pint. SickeningMartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
How: Tap at brewpub december 2007
The look: Almost clear redish-copper body topped by a little beige ring of foam
In long: Light caramel and light fruity notes are dominated by annoying candy spiciness, undesired mineral notes and crushed aspirins. A touch of plastic too. Somewhat sweet. The whole thing felt like a liquid jelly bean. Martha’s Pathetic Punishment.
My Bottom Line:
Cranberry fruitiness and abrasive alcohol chat throughout each sip until a supporting leafy hop bitterness appears. Somewhat sweet and lightly spicy, this is not the most cohesive or compelling strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy red.
-The fruitiness blooms from the alliance of yeast and malt sugars.
-Carbonation is properly calculated to lighten up the slick body.
-The overall flavor profile is nearly balanced, but no flavor grouping takes control and few memorable moments are provided.
On tap at the brewpub.