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Review by beastiefan2k on 11/15/19  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 2019
12oz capped bottle. Pours dim golden with a medium sized head that is long lasting. Still a surface covering lacing like 45 min after I poured it into an old school Blvd chalice (the long stemmed glass with a gold rim). Aroma is definitely a Belgian with moderate estery (pear and fruit rind) and a warm Belgian maltiness (Belgian dough). Flavor is fortunately not as sweet as the aroma indicates. Very well-melded biter finish with a malty and estery flavor. Nothing over the top and very dialed in. If this were like an $8 4-pack it would be my to-go domestic Belgian Ale. Short finish, which leaves me wanting more.

Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 08/02/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 14 4 8 2008
2008 Release; Sampled July 2008
A reasonably soft pour produces a thick, three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a murky amber hue that shows a hazed, orange-tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is expressively hoppy up front with a backdrop of cracker-like malt and spicy fermentation notes. Aromas of orange zest, citron, spicy / herbal notes and a touch of a floral aspect seems to define the hop contributions. This has a nicely noticeable malt aroma to it that smells of crushed pale malt, biscuit notes and most noticeably of lightly toasty saltine crackers. The fermentation character is definitely the most muted part of the aroma, this has more to do with the hop focus than any lack of fermentation character; earthy spice notes, some phenolics that lean toward clove and a touch of woody black pepper seem the most noticeable of these aromatics.

Lightly sweet but quickly balance by an ample hoppiness that is both bitter and herbal. A malt fullness picks up in the middle and contributes both to a creamy texture and an accenting influence to the citrus hop notes. The finish though dries out significantly with a sharp, though quite smooth, lingeringly herbal hop bitterness. The finish also is dried out by a background, spicy note of higher alcohols that seem to boost the green notes of the hops. The hop notes are definitely dominant here, almost even more so than in the aroma. There is a nice backdrop of grassy grain, light biscuit notes, some sweet pale malt flavors and an up front cracker character. As the beer warms up a bit it almost seems to pickup a cinnamon type note to it; the spiciness gets pretty interesting here over time.

I think I might like this a bit better on draught than I do out of the bottle and this years batch seems to be a bit better than last years. I like the spiciness that the mix of hops and fermentation character create in the aroma here. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the ultimate promise of the aroma, but it is still quite tasty. This is quite an enjoyable brew.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a light golden, orangish colored body with a slight haze. Head starts large. Light tan and soapy looking. Decent retention.

S - How do I put this? Nature, sort of an outdoorsy, grassy smell. Flowery.

T - Buttery for sure. Starts smooth, but sort of creamy. Flowery taste is here too with a taste that makes me think of bees buzzing from flower to flower. Yeasty, but not with the spicy taste that goes along with many belgian styles. Vanilla yogurt. Bready malts. Finishes with just a hint of lemony hops.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is soft and unobtrusive.

D - Not really a hoppy Belgian IPA, but plenty tasty. Tastes super fresh, probably partly because it is.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 14 4 7 0
Pours a cloudy medium light amber with a slightly off white head that fades pretty quick. Taste is full of crisp hops, bitter. Pretty light for a Belgian IMO.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 11/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 0
A: Hazy golden pear color with an excellent, creamy, whipped butter colored head. Very nice.

S: Lavender, angel food, the countryside after a good rain.

T: Begins smooth and serene, perhaps like a gentle vanilla/lemon custard. Very bready with lurking caramel notes, clover honey and minor butterscotch around the front of the tongue. Yeastiness is evident with aspects of grassy hops, dandelion and white grapes. Surprising amount of bitterness after the swallow along the back sides of the tongue. This beer starts off sweet and finishes dry with sun dried hay, white pepper, nips of lemon juice and peach pit.

M: Medium body with a full and soft mouthfeel.

D: Highly sessionable beer. Very nice with good balance. Would go well with Chinese food, I think.

Price: $6.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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