wilnatp (703) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2012
BOTTLE at Darkness Day 10/22/2011.
Fruity, hoppy, yeasty. A bit like a saison. Decent beer. sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2012
BOttle Via Beerstore.co.nz on last trip there, in cellar over 12 months
To me smelt and tasted like a heat affected and old Duvel, which while not inspiring, also not that bad, quite a lot of dirty noble hop?flavour didnt seem to meld well with the phenolics,
OK, BUt maybe past its best drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Mischief pours a hazy burnt orange. Creamy two finger head with great lacing throughout. As soon as you pour this brew the hops just hit the nose. This is definitely on the high side when it comes to Belgian Pale Ales. Wonderful aroma of citrus, floral hops, and slight pineapple. In the description of the beer they also mention pears and melon. I didn’t pick that up. It also has a nice Belgian yeast background mixed in with candied sugar. It’s really an amazing smell. Very hop forward but nicely mixed in with everything else.
The taste is really nice but not as strong as the aroma. The hops still take the number one spot though. Full of citrus, grassy and floral hops. They leave a nice bitter aftertaste. I picked up more a bready malt taste that I didn’t pick up with the smell. Mixed in their is a hint of the Belgian yeast and sweetness of candied sugar. You’ll also notice a tad bit of alcohol from start to finish. But the key here is the hoppiness. It’s pretty big and bitter. I’ve read in the past that The Bruery will never do an IPA. Well this is as close as you’re going to get and I would take this taste over a ton of IPAs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation, and has a kind of soapy finish to it. Like it sticks on the walls of your mouth. DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle, shared with Dave. Hazy medium golden with a thick dense white head that retains beautifully. Nice herbal perfumey hop aroma and flavour, gently yeasty, nice chamomile character. Balanced bitter finish. So good! BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2012
75cl, American brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex brew, spicy/bitter and slightly floral/fruity, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew, yet expensive!
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours a translucent gold with thick white head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Flavor is quite delightful. djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle at Camp Beer IX. Pours a cloudy yellow with small off white and spotty lacing. The aroma is and a fruity hop and lemon peel. Med mouthfeel with a sweet hop and a nice light dry finish. Very easy to drink, really enjoyed this Belgian strong ale from The Bruery. Strykzone (7360) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Hazy and apple cider colored. A big off white head. A light aroma is fruit and yeast. A bitbof funky stuff going on. Itbis light drinking, especially at the ABV. Soft fruit and yeast, sugar, and flowers. A hint of spice. Dangerously good. punkska101 (2039) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
750 ml thx Heather and Frank. A: lemony, piney and floral. Nice touch from the Belgian yeast. App: Clear golden huge white head on pour lasting white head. T/p: light body finish is bitter and medium long. high carbonation. O: Really nice. Will buy again. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 A - pours deep golden with very high white head, strong lacing.
S - aromas of strong Belgian yeasts, earthy, bready, apples. Notes of sour sour white grapes.
M - lightly airy feel. Dry bitter ending.
T - earthy bready Belgian yeasts on the nose, hint of sour cherries and apples. Light grassy earthy hops and citrus(sweet orange) on the palate. Dry lingering bitter ending. Earthy notes throughout.
O - A great well balanced Belgian ale. nice mixture of sour and hops.