Oakes (19362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2011
Hazy reddish-brown. The aroma has some gluey/phenolic stuff, pear/cherry esters and light alcohol. Fizzyness cuts some of the sweetness, which is caramelly in nature. The brew is quite estery. Ok, but a bit strong on the alcohol taste to be really drinkable, and too fizzy to be a dessert beer. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Tap. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium-long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, Belgian yeast, bread, and light brown sugar notes. Flavor is malt dominant, no hops, Belgian yeast character, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2012
(Draught) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of herbs, grass, and caramel. Flavor of herbs, yeast, biscuit, fruitiness, and caramel. Flavor of yeast, herbs, grain, anise, biscuit, and caramel. onceblind (10861) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Tap @ Vine St. Clear brilliant copper with a big ol white head. Nice earthy toffee malt aroma with some nice fresh hops tone. Amazing flavor of cereal toffee, gentle fresh hop flavor and mild bitterness with some Belgo fruity sweetness. Intriguing and lovely to drink. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
draft. medium hazed soft brown colored body with a fine-bubbled sand colored head. quiet but exceptionally nuanced nose of mildly toasted barley, dried leaves / husks, mild and soft fruity esters and a touch of brown sugar and fig. for 6% it’s surprisingly dry, combining the toastiness and light fruit esters with rigid malt and soft carbonation cleaning the palate at the end of each sip. dry, semi-thin finish matches the carbonation and acid perfectly. mildly astringent with fig / wood / earth / tobacco notes late. delicious, delicate, and surprisingly well-made. one of the better belgian/french/hybrid/whatever styles to come out of mountain sun.
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap. Pours with a lightly hazed golden brown body with a small, off-white head. Aromas are bready, candi sugar, lightly peppery, licorice, mild funk. Flavors are bready, grainy, crackery, licorice/anise, fig, and a bit peppery. Dry with medium carbonation. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Tap at Vine Street - was not a huge fan of this one - yeast character was muted, aside from some bright estery notes on the tail end - flavor was mostly toasty grains, with a lot of huskiness throughout - fairly dry, which is good, with a light dusty yeast note, but the huskiness cuts through most of it - meh. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft @ Mountain Sun boulder. Is dark red-brown with tight, stable head. Aroma is very, perhaps too, resinous with wet, dark woods. Smooth and easy palate. Nice woody character and solid malts but lacks sufficient complexity or Flemish character. It’s very resinous, dry, and astringent, even with some tobacco in the palate. Unfortunately those flavors remain two-dimensional, never quite reaching that next level that could make it wow. It would greatly benefit from an injection of Rodenbach yeast. But it’s smooth enough and it’s its own thing. rdixon77 (3106) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Kind of all over. Pretty ruby color. Candi sugar sweetness with pretty heavy esters. Then some caramel malt in the back end. Muddled, but okay. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Numerous snifters at Southern Sun and Vine Street Pub in autumn, 2011: Misty russet. Persistent creamy white head. Pleasing aroma of dusty yeast esters, toasted pecan, spice cake, cookie/toasty malt, toffee and flowery and peppery hops. Hints of sulfur, gum and green banana. Boisterous, appropriately expressive carbonation. Dryly malty, firm and toasty with a nutty, deep-seated earthiness. Delectable kiss of honeysuckle hop oils is echoed by a delicate and refined spice. Markedly bright and edgeless hop flavor gains depth as the anise-tinged hop piquancy arises. Dusty yeast deposits a chalky dryness which contributes requisite rusticity and character. Malt shows some beautiful textures, throughout. Some gum notes do emerge, but are perfectly understated. Very little banana, thankfully, but what’s there doesn’t much hinder the otherwise very clean fermentation. Closes amply bitter and delightfully well-attenuated yet with a full, satisfying maltiness which leaves behind a trail of cookie and nuts, akin to macadamia cookies. Perhaps too much gum, green banana and sulfur in the nose, but it compensates nicely with its relatively clean body and adept balance. Nice little hybrid.