tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Spicy, grapefruit, herbal, pine-spruce hop character and gingery spiciness are all notable in the nose. Clear amber-copper coloured body is topped by a low but lasting, off white head that leaves a lasting cover. Strong spruce, pine and grapefruit hops overpower the underlying malts leaving a vague impression of sweetness but no interesting malt profile. Moderate finishing bitterness. Not a lot of yeast character apparent either. Medium light, dry body with lively carbonation that prickles the tongue. Sampled on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2005
On draught at Sunset Grill, 10/27/2005 with SuIIy. Looks the part, a foamy white head atop a chill-hazed tangerine-amber colored beer, with small bubbles and moderate retention and lacing. Aroma has a spicy, herbal and celery-like feel to it, with lemons and limes and light cookie dough in the background. Balanced and pleasant aroma. Flavor begins with hops bitterness and flavor, which is refreshing at first. The hops profile gets to be rather boring, however, and the Belgian yeast just dosent agree with me. Too muddled and sweetish. Havent really gotten in to any of their Belgian beers yet, though. Bitterness waxes as hops flavor wanes, creating more lemons/tangerines and a very dry, floral bitterness. Sweet cookie-like malt in the background does not add any interesting complexity. Mouthfeel is lively, with a bit of wateriness, and a medium body overall. No alcohol apparency. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Looks like an Amber ale to me. Pours amber with a thick tan head. Good retention. Aroma had sweet malts, lemon, lime, citrus and cookie. Taste was like a tripel and IPA combined which was weird but sort of effective. Not a bad beer, yet not something I would drink regularly. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
So ... what is a Belgian IPA? Is this a combination of Belgian yeast with American hops? I can’t tell. Wonderful Amber color, cloudy, with a great head ... looks more Belgian than a filtered American IPA. Citrus bitterness? Not European hops? Appearance best part of this one. I did not form strong negative impressions, but I did not form strong positive impressions either. Need to try again. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
Couleur ambrée vêtue d’une énorme mousse blanche et crémeuse adhérant bien à la paroi du verre. Herbes, levures ainsi qu’une touche fruitée sous une forte présence de sucre candi. Houblonnage radical et dominant semble hors contexte et surtout pas dans la balance ou la palette de saveurs souhaitées. Finale astringente et pou creuse, corps d’épaisseur semi mince. Servi en fût, Blind Tiger, N.Y., Septembre 2005.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Huge rocky white head tops the cloudy amber body and stays there forever. Gentle cookie malts are taken aback by the enormous limey, lemony and leafy hop bite. Soily earthiness and yeast dryness (cement like) don’t help to stabilize the extreme dryness. Chew on a hopsack type of bitterness brings on a lot of chalky astringency in the finish. Sage and basil spiciness don’t necessarily contribute any charm. Light-medium body, mineral, overdone to me, this is just too dry and I fear the hop variety chosen could have been more mellow, more floral rather than citric and astringent.