ThirstyBird (2676) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy orange color with a huge foamy head. Smell is spicy, a bit earthy with some hop notes. Taste is spicy, somewhat bitter, a little salty - it ends slightly bitter and quite dry. Body is light/medium with very active carbonation which is a bit course. Overall it is an interesting beer but doesn’t stand out in taste and the carbonation is a bit bothersome.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy blond beer with a lasting white head. Grassy, yeasty, herbal aroma. Taste is mild bitter, balanced with hoppy bitterness. Not to much, nicely balanced. Some caramel and yeasty sourishness in the background.
sonnycheeba (5485) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy, bright orange with thick, fizzy white head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is bread and biscuit malt, candi sugar, citrus, belgian yeast, grassy hops, honey, and light spice. Flavor is sweet malts forward with good citrus esters, light hops adding a touch of bitterness, and ending spice; dry, spicy finish with a hint of sweetness. Medium body and low carbonation.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The head is airy (big bubbles in it), fluffy and white in color. The beer is a hazy golden. Aroma is sugary and malty, perhaps some spices? Not sure, something else is there; nice overall! Taste is a smooth bitterness and malty sweetness. Carbonation is high and a bit stingy in the mouth. Finish is a mellow sweet and bitter.
The high carbonation was perhaps my biggest problem with this one. But, once I twirled it around a bit, causing the carbonation to diminish, the beer was more drinkable. In the end, I really liked this beer.
Swaroga (2151) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Cloudy light amber with big white head. Nose : caramel , cheese and wet laundry, strong attack of ester fruits like banana, pear and cherry. Sip : Low to medium density with creamy texture. Decent carbonation. The beer has a tart sweetness that is followed by strong attack of bitter hops. Quite peppery and citrus seeds well balanced into notes of fruit esters. Really nice one. Personally I don’t enjoy strong carbonation that this beer has and I’m sure it would be much greater from tap. Still this is a good beer.
Benzai (14660) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle @ home. Hazy yellow-orange color, huge active a bit soapy white head that lasts for quite awhile. Smell malts, lightly some metallic bitterness, yeast and leaves. Taste malts, a bit too much CO2, some bitterness, slightly leaves, slightly earthy, a hint of raisin and nuts as well. Interesting combination of flavors, but it doesn’t really please me. Absolutely a decent Belgian Strong Ale, but far from being top of the notch. A bit too highly carbonated, body is ok.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Uber. Pours clear golden with no head. Smell is sweet honey, hay. Taste is barnyard and earthy sweetness, grainy finish. Very good beer.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours cloudy dark orange-amber with a short white head. Soft aroma of powdered candy, kiwi-guava-cantaloupe, yeast, and dough. Also a touch of hops. Light-med fruity sweet flavor. Medium body, very creamy texture, good carbonation, and a light bitter, dry, yeasty finish.
JorisPPattyn (9668) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge, towering yellowish head over veiled, very carbonated orange beer. Strong citrussy nose, spicy and yeasty aromas, smelling young. Bitter, resiny, rather harsh hoppy flavour. Orange rind, spicy background, some bitter orange liqueur. Feels indeed overcarbonated. Palate is again citrus/orange, but the CO² is too pervading by half. It has the merit of being original, but I wonder if they knew in what direction they were heading.
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer Planet. Nice golden body with slight head. Nose is hoppy, sweet not so really a Tripel. But lots of hops in there the flavour has many more malts and sweet and caramel. Very interesting combination. Well done.