RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Superb, complex aroma - citrus and spice. The flavor, however, seems to be dominated by a huge licorice flavor - not really up my alley. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Very lively golden pour that only kicks up a head after a very vigorous pour, and even then it fades almost immediately - nose of apricot, pineapple, faint rye and wheat, moderate plastic phenols, a lot of mint, sage, citric hops - huge, abrasive carbonation in the mouth that fails to improve as the beer warms - surprisingly dry for the strength, at least up front - dry herbal bitterness, moderate earthiness, flinty character - honey sweetness develops through the middle, tasting a little more like a tripel at this point - some melon and tropical fruits - the american hop bite comes through at the tail end - earthy, citrus bitterness - finish is dry once again, with lingering flinty character - tastes like they were going for a houblon chouffe thing, but that beer has the benefit of being both cheaper and better than this. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
750ml Bottle: Cork blew with a loud pop. Aroma of yeast, grain, slight spice, and slight hops. Poured yellow/gold in color with a huge, loose, foamy, frothy, white head that filled up half of the glass. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of yeast, light pepper, slight spice, hops, light pale malt, and a hint of honey. Medium body. Tingly, then dry, slightly chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Pale malt, yeast, hops, and light spice finish is lightly sweet and medium bitter, and ends dry and slightly chalky. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Over-carbonated. Not all that flavorful. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
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. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2010
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.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2011
750 ml. Aroma- Spicy, sweet fruit from belgian phenols and little tartness. Appearance-Cloudy light orange. Large persistant white head. Taste- The head itself very happy and grassy. More of the fruit from the aroma some spiciness a little bit of that american hop character. Sharp bitterness and moderatley high dryness. Not bad. I think I prefer the breweries on their own but a noble effort none-the-less. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Pours a golden color with small white head. Aroma of yeast, spice and fruit. Flavor was light, crispy, floral, fruity, hoppy and well carbonated. A nice balance of Belgian influence mixed with American hops and malts. Easy drinking and packs a punch. deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap. Poured a slightly hazy gold with an off-white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a good amount of grain and yeast with a bit of spice, citrus hops and light fruit. Flavor was similar with more of a light fruit note coming through and the hops bringing a bit of bitterness to round out the beer. Holdwine (1232) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2011
I like rye, so I was pleased to taste it peeking out from thid very complex collboration. Hops are strong, The Belgian spices are present. The mix of malts is fun and then another wave of hops takes you home to a clean crisp, spicy finish. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
orange-y gold with a soapy white head.
aroma and flavor are very herbaceous... some mint, straw, pale malt, wet, peach, peppery spice and yeasty belgian esters.
it is medium bodied with zesty carbonation. 7/3/7/3/15-