JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2006
Vertical test between fresh and 1 yr. old samples, both on draught. Marks above for the aged beer
New one is hazy, old is clear gold, small yellow head Y: 4 Young one has a very nice nose, flowery even if it’s big time coriander. Peppery. Y: 7 The aged one yields again coriander, but without the fresh flowery streak, more soupy. In the taste, the coriander overpowers the young beer, leaving no space for anything else Y: 5 The old one has a strange taste, tastes like shellfish flavoured with coriander, but it’s quite OK, way more balanced. Slick MF, light to medium bodied. Palate again covered by coriander Y: 3 Aged palate is freed of most of the coriander, calmed down and balanced. Well, the nose is great Y: 11 The cellared one is well balanced, and makes a good drinking beer. AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2006
floral hop ester yeast nose, super hopped, numbing bitters, heroin for the palate, truly an epic adventure indeed legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2006
Really blew me away with appearance and nose. Toffee nose I thought and huge fluffy head. But then the flavor is very unbalanced toasted malt. I am gonna finish the bottle and get back to ya. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2006 Bottle. Pours an interesting orange/amber/brown color. The aroma is incredibly intriguing with hints if spice, suger, and many different types of fruit - while also being heavy on the coriander. The taste comes of as quite complex and intense especially in the coriander field. Definitely makes use of your whole tongue. Hints of citrus and candy come through towards more sips of this great brew. Overall is a great and tasty complex example of a Belgian-style Grand Cru! 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Lots of fruitiness in this one. Lots of different spices but not spicy overall. The tropical-ness does really shine, kind of a hawaiian essence to it.
9-22-07; Rating the new batch - This is a great ale. Belgian in name, its really like a South Pacific take on its namesake, veery rich and malty. Sweet and flavorful with a great lingering bite. One of my first craft-brews remains one of my all-time favorites. Kudos.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2005
this one surprised me. when i read spring fever i think of a real light summer easy to drink beer. this one had a bit more depth then expected. yo, to you boneheads, thats a good thing. nice nose of light fruits apples and bananas. reminded me of hefe weizen with a more spice and yeasty belgian stink foot thing going on. push the dust under the carpet and keep drinkin, slightly warm alcohol as the beer warms in the glass and the room, good and interesting. lets try that again. porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
On tap. O beautiful orange colored pour. Smells of yeast, spices and fruits. A very floral mouth feel flavor. Rather yeasty in a hefeweizen sort of way but with a belgian yeast flavor. Really heavy mouthfeel and rather warming from the alcohol, but a rather enjoyable beer for desert. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
When I first poured this into the glass and took a lungful of aroma, I didn’t think that this beer would taste very good. Mild citrus and floral aroma was present, but it was hardly apparent. The first couple of sips weren’t overwhelming little floral and citrus with the necessary spices. But as the beer warmed, the flavors became more complex and pleasant. The coriander is definitely present as is lemon and orange. Quite a nice beer just give it some time. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Aroma: very perfumy, floral, and slightly fruity; also, some carmel malts and ginger
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Appearance: carmel brown, small white head, some lacing
Flavor: hops, some carmel malts, flowers or grass (something sweet), ginger, and misc. spices
Palate: very dry, sweet hoppy aftertaste, very smooth
22 oz bottle. Transparent yellow/orange, medium sized whtie head. Aromas were of sweet malts, bananas, whtie sugar. Flavors were sweet malts with a light bitter finish.