BeerandBlues2 (12678) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Falling Rock. Pours clear gold with an average, frothy white head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (herbal, grassy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple, pepper, and ginger. Flavor is average malt (bread, cookie, toasted), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple, pepper, coriander, and ginger. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clear straw yellow with a pillowy white head. Nose is yeast, dough, honey and herbal notes of basil and marjoram? Medium light with foamy carb; a bit cloying in a tripel kind of way. Taste is tangerine, bubblegum, toffee and wheat with bitter rye and clove. Maybe needs some time to settle.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Small Bar San Diego. Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a small white ring. Great nose of Citrus, banana, clove, chamomile and other baking spices. A very well balanced BSA.
vyvvy (6131) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden/orange with a large white head. The aroma has earthy Belgian yeast, fruity/banana esters, pepper, chamomile, apricots, light band aids and soft spices. Medium crisp body with lots of graininess and sharp flowing carbonation. The flavor starts out fruity, lightly sweet and lots of spices that give dryness for balance. It is very yeasty as well. The finish is fairly dry with some hops showing through with citrus and spice and lots of soft gentle spice. Very nicely done.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden pour with a huge white froth. The arona is huge tart lemon and other incarnations of citrus fruit rind-mist. Tons of spice and yeasty dough follow. The flavor holds nectar fruits that quickly turn to spicy grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied palate with a pillowy body and a clean finish,
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with oteyj. Pours a hazy peach with a monstrous, mountainous white head. Aroma is delightfully tart, with huge notes of lemon and orange zest, almost like an Orval but not quite Bretty, with an acidic quality that reminds me of a super aggressive berliner weisse. Flavor starts with a nice peach nectar, then moves to a grassy, spicy hop profile. High effervescence, medium body. Really a nice beer.
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/26/10. 750mL bottle. Cloudy orange pour with a huge thick but fizzy white head that cuts in half and lasts. Huge spicy aroma with phenols, yeast, rye, orange peel, skunk, pee, and more. Very sweet flavor of malt and orange peel with a yeasty kick. The flavor is a little light and hard to perceive because of the huge bubbly carbonation - almost too much there.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy golden with a medium to large head. The head lingers nicely and ends up as a nice crown. I see some lacing on the glass as I quaff. I get some candy sugar sweetness and spice on the nose but I don’t see the hop aroma that I expected from this. The taste is sweet with some sweet citrusy hop notes, maybe the Amarillo hops. I do get a bit of astringency on the finish. It could be the alcohol or the hops but for 9.5% it’s well hidden otherwise. The mouth feel is heavier and I like it on this beer. Overall I liked this better than many American/Belgian collaborations.
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with a medium sized white head. Aroma of light lemon, grassy notes, basil, tea and parsley. Taste is much the same as the aroma.
Ernest (7517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of lemon peel, pepper, wintergreen, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Nicely aromatic and pleasantly balanced (dry, not syrupy sweet). Nice tangy yeast. It doesn’t excite me, but for a big spiced Belgian golden, it’s quite enjoyable. Less alcohol would have been preferable.