djd07 (15648) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, citrus, floral. Medium mouth, nice fruity malt, spice, hides alcohol well, held up very nice. hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle... Cloudy peach-colored pour with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The nose features red apple and spiced pear. Full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is an interwoven collection of spice-rack classics, sugar cookie, vanilla, pear and ethanol. Finishes hearty and smooth with some soothing alcohol warmth. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr! Suttree (6520) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2014
This was actually not the last beer o the evening, I drank it before the Laika. Judges, I ask you to please make a note of it. Smells like apples and pears, with a hint of oak. Flavor is lightly funky, more pears and apples, and bit of oak. Some subtle spicy notes, too. Tasty... merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, Mild Lacing tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
S: Belgian Spices, Honey, Mildly Grainy
T: Buckwheat Honey, Honey, Mildly Bready
M: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, mildly Spicy
Overall, didnt get any of the citrus but the belgian spice comes through bold.
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Slightly inebriated when I tried this, so bear with me. Muddled, opaque body, bright gold through & through with a foamy, bubbly, off-white head that reduces to a thin collar quickly. Aroma is all over the place; yeast-y spices, bread, sharp pepper, phenols, ginger, faint coriander, juicy orange flesh, grass, perfume, lemon zest... Probably missed a lot more stuff, too. Taste is also very spiced from the first sip; lemongrass, ginger, cardamom, light berry fruitiness, oranges, mildly sweet with a sharp phenol induction mid-palate. White pepper, Belgian Candi sugar, yeast esters, & ginger spice finishing things off. Spicy, bready aftertaste. Lots going on here... Not bad at all, but it doesn’t exhibit great harmony.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Courtesy of StefanSD SDalkoholic (2434) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate ginger, lighter juniper, other spices that I can’t pinpoint, and a touch of citrus. It pours a hazy/cloudy dark golden-orange with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with citrus and some residual sugar. The finish has light-moderate ginger, juniper, and a touch of lemon grass. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
On tap @ Toronado: Poured without any formation of foam making this a naked copper colored beer. I always have a hard time sniffing out a beer to its complete potential while inside of a bar, but it was very apparent there was yeast and spices in the aroma. I have since given up on asking bartenders what kind of style a beer is because they never know or they tell me a completely far fetched style not even close to what I taste. The flavor was heavily spiced and zesty and had some moments of sourness while sort of reminding me of a kriek style because of the hinting fruit. Finish is extremely dry, and I wasn’t quite sure if I enjoyed this or not. It was average hence the luke warm ratings. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle pour. Light golden pour with white head. Different spices and odds and ends. Holiday spice beer? Flavor is heavily spiced. radagast83 (8504) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Had been holding onto this bottle for quite some time (like 2 years or something) and finally opened it. Poured a pretty clear golden color, some sediment now in the bottle due to travel from my place to destination. Aroma was some spices, a touch of some citrus, yeast notes. Flavor was some oak notes, citrus, spices. Alcohol pretty well masked, surprisingly so. Not too bad! Enjoyable. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Hazy apricot color, white head. Wow, spices are super strong, oak nuances, ginger, lemons, limes. Quite unique.