thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Poured into a glass from the bottle. Colour is a dark copper. Thin fizzy head. Aroma is complex, caramel, coriander, citrus, hops. Flavour is equally complex, slightly bitter, and slightly sweet. Mouth feel is full bodied, oily, with a long dry finish. Overall a very good brew! I really like the added complexity to the normal bland Belgiums. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2011
I found this to be a very tasty and very spicy beer, with an incredibly dry finish, that didn’t seem all that alcoholic until now, when I am trying to rate it without spelling mistakes. Tasty. PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2011
Wow, such an easy drinking brew. This is great. No real head, color is burnt amber with a tan brown backbone. Aroma is refreshingly fruity. Taste it if fruity as well, apples, bananas, citrus, slight mango, nice combo. Quite enjoyable. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Samuel Adams Longshot Friar Hop Ale is a crystal clear, solid golden ale topped with a rich, fluffy, white foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. Fruity esters are at the forefront of the aroma. Grassy hops are present. It smells a touch sweet. It’s full bodied and smooth. The finish is dry and clean. It tastes a little sweet and very complex. It’s spicy and phenolic. There are notes of dark fruit, maybe raisins. There’s just enough herbal bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Bitter coriander provides the aftertaste. Wow, this really seems Belgian. I could drink a few of these. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Aroma: Lots of sweet aromas here--banana, clove, caramel, citrus. Very yummy.
Appearance: Sparkling, light orange with a thin, white head.
Taste: Medium sweetness backed by a light sourness and faint umami. Very nicely balance.
Palate: Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, long finish.
Overall: The Belgian influences are there and they work. This is a really put together beer, and I wish that Sam Adams would make this readily available, if only in special 1 pt 6 oz or 1 pt 9 oz bottles. Still, this is really good.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Pours a fizzy light orange with medium off-white head. A beautiful beer to look at. Potent traditional Belgian aroma of banana, clove and some citrus. Flavor is similar, with moderate caramel sweetness backed by just the right amount of citrus hops. Very well put together and delicious. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2011
THOUGHTS: I was surprised it is listed as just a Belgian ale and not a Belgian strong ale. Disappointed that it was not bottle conditioned. First of all it’s Belgian. Second it’s a home brew. With some yeast in the bottle this would be oe of the best Belgo Americans I’ve ever had. Still very good, though. Hid alcohol very well. Surprised by all the yeast notes without the bottle conditioning. The hops were way more evident in the flavor than in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light amber with nice carbonation and a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had candi sugar; light to moderate undefined and earthy hops; maybe some pine hops; heavy doughy, earthy and spicy yeast; white wine; slight alcohol; light colored fruit; and pear. Very fruity when warm. The initial flavor was somewhat sweet and somewhat to moderately bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and rather bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, marmalade on toast, candi sugar, tons of spicy yeast, pine hops and undefined citrusy hops, slight alcohol and fruits. The light to medium body was slightly syrupy for a second and then extremely dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and light to moderately alcoholic finish. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
ATL in the house!
12oz bottle. Wow, what a beer. Copper color, thin white head. Nice lace. Aroma of floral hops and, spice, pepper, and belgian yeast. Tastes of fruity esters, some coriander and citrus, loads of bread. Toasted malt goes a long way as it journeys over the palate. And than it finishes off with a sharp bitterness, dried orange peel, and a spicy peppery character. Very well done. Yum
8,4,9,5,17 RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
Clear burnt orange color with a thin head that sticks around throughout. Nice, lighty spiced aroma full of yeasty esters, banana, and bubblegum. Wonderfully complex taste balanced with malt sweetness, belgian spice, and hoppy bitterness. Ends sweet with more bubblegum. Lively and fun on the palate. Diggin’ this a lot. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Pours a rich golden color with a good head that redusces slowly to a fluffy pancake. Refined spicy sweet aromas. Full nectar with mild carbonation for a creamilicious texture. A fat spicy sweet backbone supports the strict yet balanced hop bittering component. The finish is long, not cloying. Sip this like a brandy.