RATINGS: 1251   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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3.3
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Clear gold with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of light fruit, citrus, a little bit of spice, and hops. Flavors of spice, citrus, orange, sweet and finishes with a little bitter hops.

3.7
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 pours a cloudy yellow with a huge three finger fluffy white head. aroma is sweet malt and hops with some alcohol and a twist of lemon. has a medium body with a little carbonation some sediment and some lacing. there is also a little bread aroma as well. flavor is sweet malt, and hops with a little alcohol, lemon, and orange peel. has the dry hop aftertaste but the aroma is not that strong and it is definitely different from the American ipas’. you can tell it is Belgian by it tasting like a hoppy dubbel or trippel. its definitely good but not the best. definitely feel warm a bit from the alcohol afterwards.

3.7
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Big frothy foamy head. Clean refreshing taste hides alcohol well. Hoppy it is but also with a sweet/sour dichotamy.

3.5
Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle 75. [Tasting @ Per 23-02-2007]. Talk about unstable yeast string. Kind of funny experience when trying to open this one. The cork was stuck and I was trying to twist it to get it off. In my attempted, I kind of lean into and over the table where I was struggling to get the cork off the bottle. Six people were sitting in silence, watching me make a fool of myself. Then suddenly the cork came forcefully flying out in a huge bang and smacked me right in the middle of my forehead. The liquid came squirting out in a big splash. I slowly looked up and everyone guffawed at a wet slightly reddish cork mark in my forehead. Dam I will never open a bottle that way again. Head was of cause uncontrollable huge fizzy and white. Fair lacing. Light cloudy body with a orange-yellow hue. Aroma was the characteristic Belgium Triple like yeast with some citrus, coriander, orange peel and spicy. Some malty notes are also present. Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation. Flavor was bitter with light notes of sweetness. Light bitter and slightly dry finish.

3.5
OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Sample from 330 ml bottle. Hazy pale golden colour. Essentially a hoppy tripel. Caramel, grassy, and fruity hop aroma with a similar flavour profile – grassy and fruity bitterness balanced by a sugary and caramel sweetness. Medium bodied, thick, almost cloying.

3.6
Tranquillity (2564) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Oysters? A very intense aroma. Hazy orange with a big white head. Very balanced fruityness with a healthy amount of hoppyness.

3.8
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Draft at Brouwers

Pours a hazy golden with a nice white head. Peppery hops flirt with funky saison notes on the nose; the flavor follows but lacks the deep rustic complexity that one might thave hoped for. The hop flavors are enjoyable, not nearly as piney given the strength as one would get with West-coast C varieties. Mouthfeel is bright, peppery, but fairly light considering the 9.5% (I would have called this at more like 8%).

All in all a very nice beer, but unable to run with the very best in either of the categories that aims to fuse.

3.5
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy straw color with a big head that sticks around. Nice lacing and subtle aroma of fruitiness, yeast and spice. Sweet up front and a bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue. Big grapefruit taste with a variety of spices. I echo everyone else’s comments that this was not hoppy enough. In fact, I am not sure what they were actually trying to attempt here. Regardless, still a refreshing brew.

3.3
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Pale, hazy, golden, large head, medium carbonation. Aroma of hops & bready yeast. Dry taste of musky (not so citric) hops and sweet maltiness. Overall quite dry and bitter, but not nearly as hoppy as all the hype made me believe. Medium mouthfeel. Not as spectacular as I expected. Update: I gave this one another chance, and it was much smoother and maltier this time. Good complexity in aroma and taste, with lots of sweetness. The hopbitterness only showed on the (long) finish. I almost did not recognize this one after the first (dissappointing) encounter! Quite enjoyable.

2
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2007
A small sample at the Mellow Mushroom on tap. Pours out a golden color with a thick white head. I dont usually rate samples, but this was a good enough sample size that I feel it warranted a rating. Smell is weird, and really similar to a rubber glove. The taste is about the same, with some hoppy properties to blend with the apparent odd flavors brought on by some kind of rubber tastes. Not really good at all, and I wish the beligans would stay to what they know best, and that is belgian beer. Not IPAs.


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