Notes added 06/26/2022
Still bitterish (see notes below) but I have an infinitely deeper appreciation of this beer a couple of decades forward.
Pretty golden body with a competition of sweet and bitter that add up to a very distinct beer. There’s a lot of fruit that starts off as grapefruit but soon cuts across the palate in a much sweeter finish. Clean, tasty and now a favorite despite the notes below.
Original notes 09/13/2006
Poured into the Duvel tulip there is an enormous billowing head. Honey butterscotch colored cloudy body with persistent carbonation. Nice lacing.
Lots of organic hay and grass in the nose – very musty. Tastes are very peppery. This is another Belgian that is hoppier than usual and has a really very, very distinct bitter finish. Not at all usual and a little unsettling. The bitterness is almost soapy – not a good thing!
I dunno, the whole sweet, Belgian Pale with added hop profile really doesn’t sit all that well with me. The whole beer seems to fall between styles and doesn’t work really well. Hoppy (bitter) Belgians just (generally) don’t do it for me.