Frothmeister (829) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
750ml bottle. 7%. Batch # 2. Bottled on 03/12/12. Stored in my cellar for almost a year. Pours a hazy amber with a short lived white head. Alcohol on the nose, dried fruits, light caramel, apple, and yeast. The taste is very heavy with notes of well made alcoholic apple cider, dried fruits, faint dried apricot, well balanced with some tangy acidity, dough, caramel, and some spice in the finish. Honestly, it tastes like a cider/Belgian hybrid. This is excellent. I kind of love it. Well done! woodychevy (874) - - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Pretty great stuff. Belgian notes upfront with a really appealing dry/ crisp finish. Vanilla notes somewhat odd but subtle- can’t decide if they really work or not. Lots of spice/pepper. Appealing funk/ sourdough notes. Super clean. Very enjoyable. rjplumer (1182) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2016
The aroma includes coriander, bread and vanilla. Hazy dark orange body with a mild off-white head. Light bitterness balanced by vanilla and coriander. Smooth with a little bite. superspak (6011) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/16/2016. Pours hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, light bubblegum, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, banana, peppercorn, clove, honey, wheat, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and minimal astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass, and gets slightly astringent. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth crisp, and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balance mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, earthy hops, and light vanilla flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a clear deep golden with a creamy and lacing white head. Spicy, yeasty and fruity nose. Medium body, a spicy fruitiness, very bitter all through the finish. Nice and very enjoyable. Smooth. 150313
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottled 2/18/15 batch, drunk February and March 2015.yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Amber bodied liquid is clear or nearly so, with an off-white head that is very well-retained.
Tons of esters and phenols in the nose recount pears, cherries, black pepper, vanilla, apples, currants and so forth. It’s not overpowering, nor is there any alcohol. Soft toffee and light brown bread-like maltiness add a backbone and there is little to no sign of hops. Maybe a touch of doughiness?
Two main things strike me about this beer. It’s well-done and wonderfully well-fermented/produced. There’s no dirtiness/yeastiness/blandness, no off-flavors of any sort and the carbonation and body are spot-on (fine, tight carbonation and a medium body with a soft, nearly creamy texture). But second, it’s got no real character. With all of the yeast flavors coalescing to really produce nothing striking of any sort, it’s just sort of a mouthful of malts and esters/phenols. That’s fine, though, and not every beer has to be a knock-your-socks-off, novel, crazy trendsetter. Certainly plenty of trappist character, though no one brewery stands out here. Seems more like an everyday Belgian ambree. The finish is loaded with peppery phenol and scrumptuously chewy maltiness (caramel, buttercream) and a touch of sourdough. Good stuff. Nowhere near overdone on the vanilla (would barely know it’s in there).
Until reading the description I did not know there was vanilla beans in this. Would not have guessed that. Overall easy drinking, didn’t eave seem like 7%. Crisp, clean, some bitter hops balanced well with the yeast and belgian style sweetness. A bit of citrus, a hint of wheat too. Pretty good. j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle that I took to Paul’s housewarming tasting. Pours a lightly hazed amber orange with a medium to large sized white head. Fuzzy musk with a bit of funk and yeast. Musky, warm yeast and tart vibrant musk with a bit of pungent acidity. Musky, faintly acidic, warm musk. Tasty, chewy wheat, long funky banana infused yeast.