ben4321 (6895) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Location: Picked up a pack of 12 oz. bottles at Gilly’s 3/5/09
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Aroma: Spicy breadiness, orange/citrus
Appearance: Nice very cloudy, hazy dark orange color, medium off-white head
Flavor: Fruity, sweet...Can’t hide 10.3% at all in a white apparently
Palate: Lively, medium body, alcoholic finish
Overall Impression: Bought all 3 of these new SA Imperials, and this is the first I’m trying. Interesting beer, very different from typical American beer fare or most any beer fare for that matter. Certainly worth trying...
I liked this the best of the three Imperials I tried the other night. It’s flavor was consistent with what I’d expect from a witbier. Had a nice orange/spice flavor with a complex palate. I’d have this one again. I still think the Imperial Pilsner was the best if the bunch though. njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
A hazy brown with a thin white head. Very heavy, sweet malt aroma with a floral note. Flavor is full on sweet. Almost overpoweringly so. Fruity with a slight heather ale taste. Clean and crisp but a little too heavy to be refreshing. Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Pours a hazy amber with a thin wihte head. Smells of sugar, citrus, coriander. Tastes sweet and citrussy. Not bad. WeeHeavySD (3398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2009
12oz part of 4 pack from Windmill farms, surprised how much I paid for this, more surprised that I did so than how much it was. Pours orangish with a off white head. Nose is light with touches of spice. Taste is fairly flavorful with a nice dose of orange and touches of coriander. But damn this beer is a booze bomb. It is ridiculously hot, and because of the style its hard to hide it at all. Its basically like when a bartender makes you a drink and its too strong, not like this is nice and strong, like why is there no coke in this jack and coke. So all in all a mixed bag.
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Very good belgian from a brewer that doesn’t stop reinventing itself. Nice to see a beer with such high gravity and obscure style mass marketed. Beer was sweet, and farly neutral with respect to the effect of the yeast. suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours a cloudy amber-orange with lively bubbles and a decent white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma was really great as it exemplified the white ale style, and as the ’imperial’ suggests it smelled even fuller of spices and flavors. The flavor just didn’t match up to the big time aroma, and there’s simply way too much alcohol for this style of beer. The alcohol is very very noticeable, and not in a good way like with Gulden Draak or something similar. When I think Belgian White Ale I think crisp refreshing summer wheat beer (Blue Moon) and this is not that : ( thornecb (6188) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours amber into a Sam glass. White head quickly recedes to hug rim leaving spotted sheets. Sweet orange bubblegum aromas. Thick and syrupy - taste and consistency of honey. Pour this on your pancakes. Tastes like a DFH reject not an imperial white. Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slight hazy (very slight) orange copper color. Medium head with fair head retention and small flecks of lacing. Aroma is a fruit basket.... pineapple, peach, banana, grape and pear. Also some bready and caramel notes. Taste is pineapple, orange and banana juice. Seriously fruity. Also some bread, anise, coriander and caramel. Full bodied. Very interesting. That1Guy (2241) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Nice, excellent fruity, orange peel nose. Flavor is really wheaty and really smooth. Pretty excellent wit. One of Samuel Adams’ best.