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Review by MasterSki on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 17 4 9 2008
Big thanks to gory4d for somehow coming up with this rarity. Served in my Westvleteren chalice. Bomber of the December '08 release.

A - Poured with a big quick-dissolving off-white that dissipated to a hazy film and solid ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Hazy blonde color with peach and straw highlights - lots of bubble streams racing upwards to the top of the glass.

S - Definitely authentic Belgian smell with lemony citrus, bubblegum, summer fruits (peach, banana, pear), and some herbaceous and medicinal yeasty character. Smells just as good if not better than the brews of this style that I had in Belgium. Some nice crackery malt character with hints of honey.

T - The taste is a slight step down in that the complexity has been smoothed out. There's also a slight metallic note in the finish that suggest that this brew might be nearing the end of its useful lifespan (to be fair, the bottle says "Not Intended for Aging!"). Still there's some nice lemon and bread flavors to this with some faint honey and fruit flavors in the periphery.

M - It's a light body, with a good amount of carbonation that is style appropriate and very refreshing. There's some residual stickiness That being said, this isn't my favorite combination of textural elements.

D - It's a table beer - so drinkability is a big element of this brew. The 11oz went down super quick and it'd be awesome to have more of this for a long day of brews. Not sure why Southampton has these super-limited session beer bottlings. If you like Westy blonde you will dig this.

Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 05/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 19 4 9 2009
Bottled December 2008; Sampled March 2009
This seems to be pretty well carbonated as a reasonable pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass still produces four-fingers of pale, just off-white colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly recedes. The beer is a hazy, orangish straw color that shows more of the same, just brighter when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and rustic; a mix of bread like yeast notes, a touch of lemon zest, fresh grain aromatics, young ginger notes, some light herbal hops (more like a mix of wild flower notes with some herbal weed’ish notes). I really like the whole grain note that this beer has, it mixes with the yeast driven notes quite well and makes the aroma seem nourishing some how.

Light bodied and effervescent as it rolls across the tongue, this beer is quite dry and has a solid lightly herbal hop note as well as a touch of lemon zest character. The solid grain character is also in the flavor with a grassy grain character, a hearty cracker note and yeasty character that accentuates a fresh bread like character. This has a fair amount of hop character to it, which is definitely nice in a lighter beer like this; it has a solid bitterness that provides a crisp bite in the finish along with a peppery carbonic bite. While quite dry tasting overall the citrus hop notes accentuate a perceived sweetness in the middle and end of a sip. This seems to accentuate a note that reminds me a bit of pickled ginger, there is also an earthy white pepper note, some savory herbal notes (not quite sage or savory, but something). I really like how light bodied this is, it is not watery though as it does have some texture to it; this is a beer meant to quaff a couple liters of over a hot, sweltering summer afternoon.

Allowing the beer to warm up from its serving temperature of 50ºF / 10ºC really boost the complexity and flavor volume; this is quite the hearty beer for being so low in alcohol. I just love beers like this. Light, low alcohol, and Belgian inspired, these get me every time. This particular beer has a nice lush body to it compared to some of the others in a similar vein. This is a beer I would be happy to have lots and lots of on hand, it is just a really good libation to have a full glass of. Too soon my 22oz bottle of this beer is long gone, if I had another couple of these I would easily continue to consume these for the rest of the evening.

Served In: Tulip

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