RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
We rely on age-old tools in the brewery despite being surrounded by high technology. As a sort of compass, we use the six pointed brewers star to help navigate uncharted brews. The cardinal points of water, malt, grain, yeast, hops and a brewer make the baseline. From there anything goes. Sometimes the journey is as important as the destination.

Youll notice a slight bitterness in Compass derived from our use of rose hips accentuated by high effervescence. Drink it cold from a fluted or tulip glass. And by all means, avoid sea serpents.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22oz bottle into a tulip. From yesterdays notes. A: Pours a hazy golden color with tons of sediment. The one finger white shaded head retains very nicely and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. The hazy look isnt the most aesthetically impressive, but usually yields an enjoyable brew elsewhere. S: Aromatically, its mostly citrusy hops combined with an herbal component. Yeast seems to come through with a phenolic note, unfortunately. Otherwise, the nose is decent enough. T: First thing that hits the tongue is some citrusy hops. This builds up to a yeasty, bready finish with an herbal aftertaste. Some aspects work, some aspects dont. M: The body has a light feel (not to be confused with an insubstantial one), but isnt quite as crisp as some other unfiltered ales. Astringency is fairly heavy and distracting - probably my least favorite feature. Still, for a 9% pale, its both drinkable and devoid of booziness. O: A textbook average brew thats only a couple of tweaks away from being really good. I enjoyed it for what it was, but wouldnt buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2016
A hazed amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, nice musky fruity malt with light resinous floral hops, light citrus pulp, light caramel, nice and herbaceous. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of citrusy pulp, light tropical fruits, resinous floral hops, oily mouth feel, nice and pleasant. Bottle from LCBO, bottled 04/23/14.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2016
A DRY YEASTY Belgian strong. Slightly fruity and musty aroma. Flavor has a bitterness in the finish that was unexpected. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 28, 2016
This is a pretty weird one. Sorta like champagne with a bitter finish. Really dry. On another sip, I realize that bitterness is booziness. Interesting try. Not sure if Id go back to it. I dont dislike it, per se, but just isnt really working for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (1091) - Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2016
UPDATED: APR 10, 2016 Very nice golden yellow... Aroma is nice, but faint.. some citrus, spices. Tastes like an Imperial Wit (if theres such a thing)... though it wore on me over time, maybe too many rose hips? Good in small amounts, but I did not react well to this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (5045) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - APR 6, 2016
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossy pale/burnt orange color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissipated. A one ring lacing clings nicely around the glass. The smell takes the rose hips, mostly dry and quite floral with some slight earthy, grassy and piney hops. Some sweet Belgian malt, bready yeast and subtle Belgian spice slide in underneath. Light banana. The taste favors the previously mentioned flavors and definitely has the dry floral to banana aftertaste. Quick dry floral to piney finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality to it due to the dryness. Since Im thinking because Im having this a bit aged, ABV most likely has dropped so Im not feeling the effects. Overall, as a Belgian Strong ale, it definitely works. Id have this again, nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (515) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Poured from a couple of bombers, citrus, creamy, sticky, strong, dry at the end, going to need a compass to find my bed or Ill wake up on the floor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy, dark banana yellow color with a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Pretty good retention with streaks of lace left behind. Earthy, slightly floral aroma with grassy and piney hops, pale malt, flower petal and bready yeast. Some wheat beer character with bread, banana and citrus peel. Subtle potpourri presence blended into a hoppy wheat beer-like aroma. Medium body with tight carbonation and crisp hop bitterness along with rose water and a pale malt backbone. Hints of biscuit and cracker along with malted wheat, banana bread and subtle peppery spice. Basically a decently hopped light wheat beer with strong flower petal bitterness. Easy to drink with a well masked ABV but not terribly interesting. The flower presnce is too strong for my liking, overpowering the hops and wheat beer elements. Also the malt profile could have been a bit more prominent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1543) - Beckley, USA - NOV 9, 2015
light, amber color; nice light, citrusy, floral hop aroma; smooth, citrusy hop flavor; light, biscuity malt base; very smooth and easy drinking; great, bitter, floral finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (6182) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Pencil shaving, lemon zest, grass aroma. Hazy amber, medium head. Malt and lemongrass, lightly sweet, lagery. Medium body, warm, spritzy. Drinks like a moderately hoppy bock, not a lot of Belgian character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. 4.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. A bit of yeasties floating around. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Citrusy hops - orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Moderate herbalness that I assume is the rose hips. Neutral maltiness and clean. Not super complex, but it smells great. Nothing to complain about. 3.75 T: Pleasant neutral maltiness sticks out more so than in the nose. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrusiness. Moderate, well integrated herbalness. Again this is a winner. 4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant creaminess. 4.25 D: Supremely and infinitely drinkable. No complaints. This is a winner. ★ 726 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 06, 2013

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