RATINGS: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale. White very rich foam, small bubbles. Very hoppy, spicy, fruity flavour and full, heart warming body. Brewed at first at Van Steenberge, now brewed at Koningshoeven - La Trappe brewery.

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2.7
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2007
yeah not bad for a belgian i mean you had to see it coming but overall a ok beer just not really enough hops for me kinda weird mix as well.

4.4
matty1976 (5) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
This is a great Belgium for Hopheads! It is the perfect combination of a Belgium Blonde and IPA.

3
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Tap at Maproom. This was a strange beer; a Belgian IPA it was labelled. That sounds about right. Just didnt work all that well for me. The increasted bitterness, althought not overly bitter by American standards, just didnt mesh that well with the typical Belgian strong ale profile.

3.2
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Draft. This brew had the typical belgian flavors (yeast, oranges, sweet malt), and the mild bittering hops were mixed in. To me, this tasted weird and not good.

3.5
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Get a lot of honey,light fruits and yeast in the aroma.Pours a hazy yellow with a huge long lasting white head.Get some honey and sweet malt in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a sweet light fruit finish.

3.3
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle: Hazy straw yellow color with big, creamy pure white head. Aroma has background of crisp malts, light honey, white grapes, apricot, faint herbal hops. Flavor has notes of honey, faint herbal hops, bit of citrus, fairly carbonated, with a relatively sweet finish. An interesting brew, not particularly "hoppy" relative to west coast IPA however, but still interesting.

3.4
redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Spicy aroma, some hops, some malts. Pours amber with a huge foamy head, very foamy. Some hop flavor, not a lot. It is very hoppy for a Belgian beer. But not the best one out there. But still a delightful beer.

3
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2007
This is supposed to be a tribute to americans IPA’s....if so, its not a very good tribute. Tasted like a IPA mixed with a HEfeweiezen, and that makes a not very good brew. Not very hoppy at all either, it is i spose for a belgian, but if there trying to make it like an IPA, it needs more then that.

3.8
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
This beer pours a light golden color with a big old white head. The head was very frothy. I smelled hops, alcohol, citrus, and fruitiness. The taste is very hoppy for a Belgian, but I guess that I should have expected that with the name. This beer is pretty bitter and sweet at the same time. The mouthfeel is good and long lasting. Not as good as other Belgians that I have have and not as good as a many IPA’s.

4.2
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
This beer is a hell of a lot of fun. It really has been far too long since I have tasted a beer with originality, particularly one which touts its hops. Of course, in a way, the beer’s flavor is what you would expect when you hear of a golden Belgian ale with a ton of hops. But what’s fun is that these elements don’t cancel one another out or yield anything unattractive. With its outrageous meringue head and overall flavor and aroma, it actually reminds me of that awesome batch of HOTD Fred I once had (which they never seemed to duplicate in any subsequent bottlings). Like certain other Belgians, its spritziness accentuates its bitterness. There is a ton going on here. It is as if you put Orval and Smuttynose IPA in a glass and then mixed in something sweet, like a maibock or one of those imperial pilsners. The aroma is really incredible. Not in any way overdone. Not like any big boudle IPA, where the aroma might be complex, but is still just a bunch of hops. This one is so much more subtle. I would be tempted to like a less spritzy body, but I think that change would make the beer syrupy. I like it for what it is. I wish I could have shared the beer with a fellow beer geek. There’s plenty to talk about.


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