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Review by SAP on 08/22/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 10 13 3 7 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. As I pour this I get a solid, cracker grain note. The beer has a rich red, amber color to it that shows a somewhat hazed, copper hue when held up to the light. A more focused look at the aroma yields a super fruity note that reminds me of a cross between pineapples and peaches, as well as some juicy fruit gum aromatics, lots of lychee, notes of ripe mango and candied papaya. All of this is backed by a pale malt toastiness that smells of sugar soaked whole wheat crackers. While the hop character is dominant, it is supported and accentuated by a yeast derived fruitiness and a touch of sweet clove phenolics. The mix of Belgian yeast and Simcoe hops really brings out an intense, sugar preserved fruit character out in the nose of this beer. It is quite interesting and might actually even be a bit much.

This is quite sweet tasting up front, though the beer finishes with a touch of astringency and a dry, cracker driven malt character. The upfront sweetness melds well with a punchy fruitiness that reminds me of juicy fruit gum, hubba Bubba bubblegum notes, as well as tropical & fruit notes of lychee, apricot, kumquat peel and a sort of super charged, almost tropical fruit leaning orange zest note. The bitterness is kept fairly low in this beer, but it does sneak into the long finish along with a spicy, phenolic clove note that is kept pretty well in check. Actually clove flavors contribute throughout the flavor profile, but are kept in relative balance to the other flavors. There is also a touch of earthy spiciness that is reminiscent of herbal coriander here in the flavor as well. The alcohol is quite well hidden here, and while this does have a touch of viscous heft to it, this beer is actually not overly heavy for a 10% beer; it doesn’t have quite the drinkability of the most digestible Belgian beers though.

An interesting beer, it definitely works for the most part, though it can be a touch cloying at times (though not really if you take the 10% alcohol into account). This is a nice beer, one that certainly combines the Simcoe hops and the Belgian yeast pretty well, but somehow it seems like it could have been much more interesting; I am not exactly sure why though, perhaps it is a touch too sweet, and it doesn’t quite seem complex enough somehow.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 04/23/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to hoppymeal for this beer, one of many mad extras he sent in our recent trade.

Pours an amber color with some ripe orange color and brown highlights, duh amber. No head was created since I had to pour carefully to leave the yeast that was loosely floating around in the bottom.

Smell is fruity with various citrus fruits from the simcoe hops. There are also aromas of red apples, grapes, yeast, Belgian candy and spices. The malt comes through as toasted and sweet with a blend of dark fruits as well. Pine needles and alcohol mix together in a good way. I really like the aroma of this beer, it is quite interesting.

Taste is similar to the aroma but less sweet than one would think. A hop bitterness hits the tongue first with some citrus, yeast, and finishes with spices. The dark fruits come around in mid-palate and finishes with some red cherries, apples and toast.

Well carbonated and pretty easy to drink, just a hint of alcohol in the taste but it doesn’t fell hot.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 0
Big thanks to tangfoot for the growler.

A - Pours a nice golden colored body that has a stream of bubbles rising from the tip at the bottom of the tulip. Starts with a small white head, but is now some whisps on the surface and a ring around the glass.

S - Belgian yeastiness is very obvious. Strange mix of horse blanket (soaked in urine?) and piney hops. I am very confused here. What's going on?

T - This one starts out as your run of the mill Belgian Golden, with big Belgian yeastiness, some light belgian spice (cardamom, nutmeg?), and some big pale malt. Then it gets interesting. Some earthy funk enters along with piney and citrusy hops. Yes, is seems silly.

M - Medium bodied and slightly slick. Carbonation is light.

D - This beer is different from any Belgian IPA type beer that I have had. Has a strange funk going on with it. Doesn't mean it's bad, just different.

Served In: Other

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