fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 19, 2015 wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Saaz hops give it a crisp pilsener flavor. Light spicy flavor and aroma. Extra drinkable and light bodied for this strength.
Even for a Belgium Style Pale Ale, this poured a lot darker than expected. Overall this whole beer is not what I expected (and unfortunately wasn’t paired well with my meal). Slightly sweet smell with a hint of yeast and spice. Color and appearance is almost cola-like except for the head and lacing. Carbonation bubbles throughout. The taste is pretty mild Smooth creamy mouthfeel with just a tingle on the tip of the tongue when done. Hint of spice to it, but overall just a smooth Belgium-style beer taste.
I would drink again when the local beer specialty shop tosses it on sale. I would just remember to not consider this a Pale Ale and more of a light-Dubbel style. superspak (6212) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 5/15/2012 bottle code on the bottom. Pours very hazy deep reddish amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, honey, caramel, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, honey, caramel, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering. slowrunner77 (13205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"when I think Belgian Pale ale, there are some really nice american versions that are the bar. Ommegang BPA and Green Flash Rayon Vert. Unfortunately, this beer did not even slightly resemble either. Dark for a pale, belgian or otherwise. Hops were absolutely buried under muddled malt and a hint of spice. Very light belgian presence and even lighter on the hops. Love the name, wanted to love the beer, but it was a bit of a confused mess, and tasted and smelled like it may be past its prime, though no date was on the bottle. Shared bottle, still didn’t finish." woodzgud (25) - USA - SEP 21, 2013
Sampled at growler shop and brought some home. Name almost scared me off but glad it didn’t. Poured murky copper with thick, long lasting head and nice lacing. Well balanced. Citrus and pine up front give way to malty sweetness, with a little maple or maybe even cherry. Drinks like a Belgian pale ale with a bit of an edge. Good brew. shigadeyo (3819) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2013
7/07/2011: Fish Paralyzer Belgian-Style Pale Ale... Aroma: Yeasty, dried fruits (apricot, date, peach), floral; Belgian candy sugar; nice fruity esters. Appearance: Cloudy amber color; the first beer poured tonight that actually has a larger, lasting beige-colored dense and frothy head. Flavor: Fruity and spicy (cinnamon, hint of clove); banana (definitely has some Hefe characteristics); somewhat bready and yeasty in the middle; good malt backbone without being overly sweet or heavy; a decent amount of alcohol. Palate: Medium-bodied, smooth and soft. Overall: Fairly flavorful, I’d call it a Belgian-Hefe mashup, but REALLY SOFT.
1 pint 6 fl oz bottle () shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #104 for this beer.
Bomber: Aroma has got a nice dark Belgian ale scent to it, dark fruits, yeast, and ever so slightly boozy. Appearance is a slightly cloudy dark amber with a thick off white head that lingers. Taste has got nicely bitter a little unbalanced and slight alcohol burn. Palate has got decent carbonation with an aftertaste of yeast and dark fruit. Overall, Good but not great. Cheers! geologyguy (1687) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Little too bitter....taste is decent but too bitter ...nothing else to say...guess its too hoppy BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2013
this ale had a hazy brown pour with faint plum red color and gave a one finger off-white head that receded to a cover and ring, the center of the glass had a medium (or a bit less) flow of carbonation, drinking left nice spots and sheets of lacing on the glass, there was a loose layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle that let a lot of clumps in the glass when pouring the last of the bottle, I did not like all the clumps but it happens sometimes,
there were aromas of bruised apple, toasted malt, bread, fruit esters of raisin and dark fruit sweetness, faint brown sugar and chocolate,
it had flavors of raisin, dark fruit, toasted malt with some pepper spice, faint chocolate in the background, malt and fruit sweetness,
the mouth feel was medium or a little thicker and creamy on the palate, it had average carbonation,
this ale had dark BSA aromas and flavors but it was not like the better dark BSAs, and it did not have the refinement found in your better dark BSA ales but it was an ok drink. blackflag321 (705) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle pour to snifter. Dark gold. Sour aroma at first, then faded. Not sure why this is classed as a strong ale. It is a nice Belgian golden ale with pilsener characteristics. blipp (9902) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Draft at Rattle with Npodendorf. Pours amber orange with a white head. Yeasty and fruity, with some light spicy notes and a wheaty base. Decent.