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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a light cloudy amber color with a massive, lasting white head. Floral hoppy aroma, with some honey and banana thrown in there as well. Not as hoppy as expected. Creamy texture comes from the head, which tasted very bitter. Sweet molasses and Belgian yeast in the aroma as well. I liked this quite a bit. It is different from the norm, which is a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Very cloudy golden with decent head....just not sure about this one. Minimal hop taste for whats advertised. Bartender at Stumbling Monk told me about how the brewer came to Seattle and visited Elysian, Big Time and other brewpubs and was inspired to make this beer....I respect the attempt, but it just doesnt work. Tastes like an "off" belgium...just doesnt balance well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Bottle at home. Orange colored. Very foamy head. Citrusy and sweet (apples?) taste. Full of lace but quite smooth. Heavily carbonated. Enjoyable..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9759) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2007
(bottle, with thanks to Edo!) Hazy, golden colour with a fluffy foamy white head. Sweet malty and yeasty aroma, slightly citrus-fruity with spicy, herbal hops. Moderately sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a good carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel. Pale malt character, slightly yeasty and fruity taste; medium-dry, malty, slightly bitter and soft but aramatic herbal hoppy finish. Quite hoppy for a Belgian Ale. Quaffable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cmycoskie (23) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2007
I was more excited about the beer when I got it. Im a big hop head, but the malt in this beer canceled out a lot of the hop character. Yeast flavor was very different from hoppy American beers too. The bottle looks cool though and I bet if you broke it over a table it would be a good weapon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brstp (201) - - JAN 24, 2007
On tap at Toronado. Thin gold color, left waves of thick white foam on the glass -- like those cores of ice they pull out from the Antarctic. Aroma is classic Belgian plus some pine hops. Very bitter taste with almost no corresponding hop sweetness, but improved as it warmed. Strange but good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2007
Interesting beer. Typical belgian appearance. Rocky head with much lacing atop a hazy golden orange body. Great phenolic and hoppy aroma with oranges, lemons and a touch of hubba bubba. The flavour is less appealing - the balance of belgian and IIPA is a little disconcerting. A real sharpness from the hops fights the natural sweetness of this brew. Apples and some harshness come through. Interesting though and worth a bash.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 16, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy honey-gold appearance; brilliant white head with good lacing. Very nice aroma: plenty of honey, citrus, and yeast; sweet and generous. The mouthfeel is less satisfying, and the IPA / Belgian Ale hybrid isnt as well done as with something like Choublon: while theres a very pleasant honey and apricot belgian ale core to this beer, the hop profile is slightly bitter and (to my taste buds) reminiscent of plastic or cardboard. Its not too distracting, but it reminds me of eating a piece of sharp cheese and then sipping an IPA; slightly-off, musty hop profile. Otherwise, this beer is very well assembled and the belgian character is spot-on. Medium, honey and citrus hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
A Belgian version of an IPA with a twist. the twist is that they use only Saaz hops according to Hildegard, the brewer. Give it a completely different taste than the cascade USA IPAs that we are used to or the Kent Goldings of a British IPA. Pours a nice golden color, extremely well carbonated with a huge head. Now brewed by Koningshoven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3131) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 Pours golden orange with a nice frothy white head that stickes around for a while. Aroma is floral hops, banana, wheat notes, spices, and citrus. The aroma is fairly complex. I would have expected this aroma on a wheat beer, not a Belgian strong ale. Mouth is thicker than I was expecting, and has plenty of carbonation. The flavor is also aligning itself with a wheat beer. Has hops, spices, wheat, yeast, and a little citrus. The finish is mildly bitter and has a bit of alcohol in it as well. This was a suprising and very good brew.

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