GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a slight hazed yellow- mostly clear with a relatively dense, bright white head that has decent retention and scant lacing. Aroma is potpourri, bitter orange peel, perfume oils, some spice, lemonade. Taste is very dry, some saison character, light candi sugar, soapy, perfumey. 9.5%abv is not noticeable. MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 My Bottom Line:tderoeck (9495) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2013
This fluffiest of Belgian Strong Ales is the setting for an intricate flavor display where doughy, bready yeast, herbal hop resins, citrusy spices and cushiony pils malts coalesce. Elegant, very drinkable for its size, complex and inspiring.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy tower of foam protects the hazy gold.
-Light alcohol warmth greets the palate upon the first sips, but is quickly forgotten once the mellow hop bitterness starts to build on the tongue.
-Subtle bubblegummy phenols add complexity
-The aroma is spicier than the flavor profile, which is more in tune with a classic, albeit fruitier, Tripel; the citrusy character of these spices is redolent of ginger and citrusy thyme varieties.
-All flavors are so well integrated into one another that they almost indistinguishable. An amazing display of cohesion and restraint from the brewer.
-I would never have guessed that Amarillo was used. These American hops were used parsimoniously, which I appreciate. Other more noble varieties seem to be at play as well.
-A second bottle proved to be very good, but not as divine as the first. Mouthfeel was overly prickly. The yeast pour did add some cohesion to the flavor profile, but it wasn’t world-class like the first bottle I had.
7/IV/13 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ Erwin’s place - bottled: VII/31/12 (2013-312) onceblind (9445) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
clear dark brown beer, irregular small beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, grains, spices, swimming pool, liquorish, aniseed. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: caramel, spices, aniseed, mocha, bitter hops. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, dry, bit dirty.
On tap at Vine Street brewpub. Clear vibrant gold, with a yeasty stone fruits aroma and some sight wax. Taste is better. Nice clean malt tone, pale-ish with some yeasty fruit. Not too complex but has a nice balance with just the right amount of American hop bitterness on the finish. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
Very pale golden coloured beer. The nose is surprisingly light and soft. There is a touch of soft berryish fruitiness as well as some light spice, but it is quite light. The palate is quite soft – there is a touch of Belgian malt but the yeast and spice are very subdued. Light lingering spice. It’s nice, but much more subtle than I would have imagined.
bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Straw colored beer with a huge whitish head. Summer fruit and spice aroma with light sweet malt. Malt and spice flavor with summer fruit and yeast. Medium bodied. Spice and malt lingers with sumemr fruit. douglas88 (9064) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a golden almost yellow color with a medium white head. The aroma is heavily spicy, peppery saison. A rich Belgian yeast and malt profile, some heat, spicy and dry. Interesting. drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
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. SudsMcDuff (8389) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
tail end of the keg @ the Saucer, in San Antonio .. . pours a murky thick tan .. . awesome foam .. . honey, yeast, syrup bitterness and light spice .. . pretty good- hides the abv well .. . . i eat stickers all the time dude! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
750, corked and baled. Pours a brilliant pale gold with a towering, surging, frothy platinum blonde head. Nice spicy nose--showing some dark roasting spices and some orange peel. Maybe cardamom. Fizzy crisp light body. Bright lemon and orange along with bitey spices on the mid-palate, all on top of a toasty malt base. Crisp finish. Very refreshing and pleasant, especially given the alcohol...which does not show at all.