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Kasteel Blond - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

186 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle poured into a Kasteel chalice.

A. Straw gold in colour with a nice white head that diminished too quickly.

S. Citrusy, honey, traces of banana, juicy fruit chewing gum.

T.Vanilla, white wine, lemon sherbet drops.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Not as good as the original brune version IMO. Still, a couple of these will knock you out for the evening!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 12:02:52 | More by AEK
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beerpirates

Belgium

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ kulminator " proefbrouwsel kasteel 7 " bottel in 2003 !!

Pours a wonderful, clear golden with an impressive, creamy, white head. It stays for some time and leaves good lacing. Great looks. Aroma has light metal, sweet crispy malts,honey , light biscuity, some apple, yest, piney. Medium carbonation, rather light mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, honey , no sign of alcohol. Crispy sweet malts dominate with fine fruity esters from the yeast. Light piney hoppiness in the finish. Fine, fresh and very drinkable.

Nice beer

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 08:19:38 | More by beerpirates
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL green champagne bottle, conditioned, with 08-2008 on the cork; "gebotteld" 090303. Crystal-clear bright straw color, with lots of carbonation that sustains an inch of frothy head and leaves some nice lacing. Pale malt and alcohol in the nose, orangey, with a bit of hops and yeast. Tastes pretty much the same: alcohol, chalky yeast, phenols, malty nuances and a mild bitterness. Light and crisp, with a dry finish. Simple, yet punchy and a bit boozy - this one would benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:38:03 | More by mmmbeer
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RuudJH

Netherlands

2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kasteel beer I've had before, the 11 %'ers that were too sweet and boozy. This one is lighter in alcohol, so I thought i'd try it.

There's still sweetness in this dark golden beer. Clear corn flavour as well. Also there's a watery mouthfeel.
The rest is just a bit faint and boring for a top fermented beer: not much hops, not much spice, not much malts.

I have to say again I found this a rather disappointing brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 12:47:43 | More by RuudJH
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with a buddy).

Appearance: Rich head, good lacing throughout.

Smell: A hint of spice with both sweetness and light citrus.

Taste: Fantastic! Sweet right away with some spice and really nice balance. Incredible, you would have no idea that this beer is so high in ABV, the alcohol is completely masked.

Drinkability: Too drinkable, so good, so tasty, the 11% ABV will reach up and grab you.

I have to say this is my favorite tripel so far, I prefer it to both Fin Du Monde and Westmalle!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:38:03 | More by BobZ
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A prototypical triple - lively carbonation with some prickly bite on the tongue up front. White wine and light malt flavor with moderate sweetness. ETOH adds a bit of peppery bite at the finish. Quite smooth and deceptively (and, as my bottle was a mag, dangerously) drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 19:33:12 | More by Brent
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ccrida

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Kasteel trippel is clear gold with a quickly settling, loud spritzy white head, leaving no lace.

Smell is muted pils grain and sugary.

Taste is alcoholic and spicy. And that's it...

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp and light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, light body, but no character save for booze.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 22:41:03 | More by ccrida
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Beers of Europe; BB 04/2010, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue with rather mild carbonation, topped with a light beige creamy froth that settles fast to a thin cap but stays throughout the drink.
S: very clean lager malts come with a mixed lemon-grass, and orangey/passion-fruity notes, with the straw-ish savoury touch of yeasts staying closely behind. Pleasant, but not as complex as the better Belgian Golden Ales - maybe due to the lack of yeast sediments?
T: pretty clean and light on the flavour for a Belgian Golden Ale, with clean pale malts and faintly sour citric hops taking up 50-50 appearance; the decent middle-taste stays dry-ish (mineral-like) and is laced with herbal yeastiness, before a quiet stream of hop bitterness develops at the rear of the palate.
M&D: the carbonation is restrained and not too fizzy at all, hence a refreshing palate; but for a really mildly-flavoured ale, the finishing touch is somewhat sticky, which is quite right for the alc. strength (7%) but doesn't contribute to the overall flavour at all. All in all, maybe a bottle-conditioned version could show the better side of this brew, as this filtered one surely fails to stand up to the quality of its heavier and far more tasty sister products.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 19:14:02 | More by wl0307
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PBoegel

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged, bottled on 4-17-07 poured into a goblet.

First pour was fizzy, very effervescent like soda. Color was pale straw, with sunlight yellow highlights. Second pour produced and nicely cascading tight egg shell white head.

Aromas were mostly faint banana and pear, some chalkiness and alcohol came across well hidden, some notes of rose, honeysuckle and lilac.

Flavor profile was somewhat sweet toward honey and hints of vanilla. The abv helped present a drier profile and balanced the sweetness. No hop profile to speak of, taste is good, but nothing too outstanding or defining.

Mouthfeel was very nice for such a big beer, there is residual sweetness but it is dulled by the abv and presents toward a dry somewhat chalky finish.

For the size extremely drinkable, almost too much so, no idea how a fresher bottle compares, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 17:49:46 | More by PBoegel
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All kinds of flavor in this beer. Toasted apple comes to mind on the nose. Crumb cake flavor on the palate, very carbonated. This beer has a great taste to it and damn, is it strong. A bit of alcohol on the nose and BAM, right with warming alcohol. Tough to have more than one cause of the strength. Head not retained and very short lived. A bit sweet, almost cloying and a bit tart. A nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 22:44:36 | More by bigdeuce
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Itoclown

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVED this beer. The best Tripel I've had if I do say so myself.
Purchased from Oade's Big Ten in Lansing for $3.29.

Look: Gold with haze but not completely hazed. No head but very buzzy.
Smell: Highly citrus with hops. Wheaty. A little bit like Duvel.
Taste: Awesome. The best tripel I've had (I've been to Belgium and tried a lot of them).
Mouthfeel: VERY carbonated. Slight alcohol taste after sipping.

I highly recommend this beer. I will definitely get many more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 18:12:25 | More by Itoclown
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of alcohol ester with some slightly cloying sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with some distinctive notes of alcohol. Full body with great carbonation but alcohol is too apparent. Definitely lacking subtleties that I would usually expect from a Tripel and too cloying to be a regular beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 21:01:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous clarity within the golden yellow with a faint sunset hue. Head is foamy, thick, and lasts forever, helped by the tulip glass's "nucleation site".

Aroma of wet hay, sweet spices, yeast and fruit (pear, apple, peach). Yeast exerts itself strongly but never covers the other elements. It's all quite subtle, probably because the alcohol is so well-hidden, no fumes or heat as you get in some tripels. Or maybe that fluffy head is masking something.

The alcohol certainly muscles through in the flavor. It gives a healthy boost to the peppery spices, the dessert spices, the earthy yeast and juicy fruits on display. It's probably a little cloying for some, but considering the style and the other unsubtle characteristics of this particular tripel, it's acceptable. So the 11% alcohol isn't exactly well-hidden, but this isn't meant as a session beer either. Fruits linger in the finish, mostly pear and apple, while cookie dough maltiness adds balance to the whole.

Very light and even a bit dry in the mouth, while also having a succulent buttery roundness. A little sticky if you wait a long while between sips, but not annoyingly so. Complex in texture.

Belgium's best tripels will not shudder in the wake of this, but it remains a fine example anyway, considering its heat, spiciness and sweetness...and the balance between all of that. Well-rounded with lots going on. I'd buy it again.

[note to self: Snorkapotamus split a big bottle with me October 2010, and it was fantastic, something it push an overall half-point higher, at least. A beer to re-evaluate.]

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:18:42 | More by Metalmonk
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roadhouse

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 07/11/07 into a tulip glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden yellow with a two inch white head that sinks down to a half inch after a few minutes. Leaves lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. At first I thought I smelled a bit of skunkage but it seems to have disappeared (green bottle placebo effect?). Some spicy/earthy hops are also noticable.

Taste is sweet initially with lots of fruit coming in after that along with a flavor almost like butter toffee. Finishes with a healthy dose of spicy hops and yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation level is very nice and makes it very smooth and creamy.

I was quite impressed by this one. It just might be my favorite tripel yet, very close call against La Fin Du Monde. At 11% ABV, this one is dangerously drinkable as it is barely noticable. I'm actually surprised this one isn't rated higher overall, perhaps the one year aging helped.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 23:38:29 | More by roadhouse
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a pale yellow color and a surprisingly small amount of head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of light fruit and malt, above anything else.

T: Flavor was pretty complex. Apricots, malt, some random spices all in together. The alcohol is a bit on the strong side.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Very full-bodied.

D: This is a decent beer, but be forewarned the high alcohol content is kind of bracing - almost to the point of distraction. A well made beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 13:04:26 | More by avalon07
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CWiggins

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I experienced my first Kasteel brew at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville just a month ago. It was the Bruin, and I must say it was amazing. So now I will look at this brewery's bottles with great interest. I purchased this squatty bottle of Triple at Total Wine in Brier Creek, and after a week of it sitting in the fridge I've popped the cap and am anxious to sample it.

It pours a cloudy gold into my Scaldis glass. The white-ish head that accompanied the pour dissipates rather quickly into a lean surface covering; even that lets go in a few minutes and becomes a nickel-sized circle of white foam that stays in the center of the surface.

It smells wonderfully rich. There are hints of butter and sweet fruit, as well as light malts and a mild herbalness. Banana and clove linger in the background, and the alcohol makes a slight appearance.

Bubbles and alcohol are the first items that make an impression with the first drink. It's highly carbonated (that'll make me feel fuller quicker) and the warming alcohol is very overt. 11% is high for a Triple, so it may be a little more than one would expect. Flavors of candied sugar, pepper, spices, and a bit of bitter hops are all noticed.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:17:30 | More by CWiggins
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blackie

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a Kasteel goblet, carries a light head and never quite lets go of it, the beer is a clear orange-golden in color

s: interesting, filled with spicy esters, underripe bananas caramelized in sugar and rum, pulpy fruits, ginger, pepper, sweet pale malts, alcoholic heat, pretty rough around the edges but an enjoyable aroma nonetheless

m: medium body with a dull medium carbonation

t: pale malts provide sugary apricot flavors, alcohol heat, the spice that was interesting on the nose is a distraction here

d: a decent tripel, but nothing I'd want another of, the 11% shows a bit too much

Brasserie Beck in DC

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2008 21:19:53 | More by blackie
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even a gentle pour produces 3/4 head in the glass. It recedes quickly, almost like a falling souffle. Very little lace--a couple of spots. The champagne cork states that this was bottled in July 2007 (13 months ago). Straw color and clear....other than the head, this looks like an American Macro Lager.

Earthy aroma with lots of yeast; slightly skunky.

Oily from the alcohol. Understandably warming. This has a body of light cream with a rather high carbonation level. Malty with the typical Belgian flavors of pepper, ginger, licorice and all spice. Some bitter orange rind rounds out the initial flavor. The swallow is nearly all warm alcohol (very much like brandy) with much of the earthy nose showing up.

This is a beer that grows on me with each subsequent sip. This is an excellent example which shows that color does not equate taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:21:58 | More by smcolw
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw. Think California bleach blond.

Aroma is full of yeasty yummies. Bannana was the first bit I noticed with pear being the second biggest presence. There were bits of spice, bread and alchohol also on the back end.

Taste was milder than the aroma but had the same characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent and boozy but not overly so.

Big beer that I hadn't realized the ABV while drinking it. I could get in trouble with these. This would be a solid contender amongst many belgian... gasp... even trappist beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 02:57:22 | More by gonzo46and2
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet, the medium sized head quickly recedes and leaves a half finger of white foam. Mediocre lacing. Body looks very nice--hazy golden with lots of bubbles and no sediments.

The smell is overpowering on first whiff. Sugar and fruit esters dominate, with alcohol coming in a close second. I think I smell malt, but I may just be imagining it for the beer's sake.

The taste is much the same. Immediately very sweet, with a lot of citrus/peach/apricot following. Alcohol. Some phenols that give it a strange medicine-sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Thick with lots of carbonation. Actually i quite like it.

Not really offensive, just not really my thing, and not what I think a Tripel should be. Tastes like I'm drinking something very artificial.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 17:52:42 | More by philipquarles
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml Duvel-style stubby poured into a Chimay glass yields a clear orange-amber body with a few floaties capped with a finger of extremely fine white foam that retains at a creamy sheet and leaves a thick, sliding roll of lacing smearing itself on the glass.

Smell is of a fruity citrusy-banana cocktail with a savory earthy note and a little whiff of alcohol.

Taste is soft and fruity with flavors of red apple, ripe mango, juicy pear, greenish banana and freestone peaches providing a crisp snap. The drink is crisp, fruity and juicy with a dry, lightly astringent finish. The alcohol that made a brief appearance in the nose is kept locked away from my tastebuds, maybe in a dark closet or something, because it sure doesn't pop up in the flavor profile anywhere. More banana-ey as the drink warms.

Kasteel Triple is soft with zippy carbonation that really helps to release the beer's flavor and lighten it on the palate, and is no doubt a delicious offering with superb drinkability despite a staggering 11% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 09:57:18 | More by cvstrickland
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured pale golden with fluffy 1.25" white head that retained the whole time I drank it and laced wonderfully in a Duvel glass, like any good Belgian should.

S - coriander, orange peel, citrus, light malts, hoppy freshness and strong alcohol

T - rich in flavor and good balance. It pretty much tastes like how it smells. Huge warming alcoholic kick in the finish

M - medium/light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - decent but the very high and apparent alcohol makes for a sipper

Overall - This was an excellent Belgian pale ale. Somewhat reminiscent of a Hoegaarden but with much more balanced flavor and a huge alcoholic boost. Somewhat boozy but still a great sipper to last through the night. Try it with some broiled fish or as an after dinner pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 05:59:13 | More by DmanGTR
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Only 3 reviews?
Pours a slightly murky golden yellow color with a solid half inch of brilliantly white head. Aromas of citrus spiked banana, some clove, soft alcohol, no band-aid, light bubblegum, and just a touch of bready malts. On the palate, things are nice and smooth, with a solid rush of fruity esters. Carbonation is not at the level it should be, consequently the body feels too big and the finish a bit too sweet. Alcohol has a nice warming and just a little sting in the finish, but overall well hidden. I'd have to say this is a nice tripel, different from Westmalle in that it is a bit understated and off-track from style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 12:45:39 | More by dreadnatty08
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Kasteel chalice.
Cork dated 2005

Pours light golden with a small white head the dissipated very quickly. Small amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma of yeast, bready, spices, lemon and light hops.

Taste of hops, malt, hay, alcohol, sweet, clove and other spices, light fruit and some strange vinegar sort of taste that I couldn't quite place.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and cleansing. Lightly dry. Warming.

Overall, a decent beer, worth a try. Not a great tripel, but interesting. I would suggest that you try it fresh, as the 3-year old beer I had didn't seem like the aging had done it any favors.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 23:46:11 | More by atigerlife
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Initial pour was careful after a careful opening of the bottle and yielded a mostly clear to slightly hazy pale golden brew with a slight orange tint. The head on this brew was relatively weak and was lucky to get about 1/4" of soapy white foam before receding to smattering of surface bubbles. There was just the smallest bit of lacing down the glass through the experience.

Aromas were a touch harsh for a triple. They seemed to have an edge to them although they still carried many of the typical smells that you would expect from an abbey triple. There were some hints of clove, banana, spice, and malt but there was a clear sense of alcohol on the nose as well. The alcohol wasn't fully distracting but it certainly didn't add anything to the experience.

The first long pull was interesting. The texture was a bit more spritely than I anticipated with a moderate dose of carbonation. The flavors of light malt, fruit, and spice were eventually overtaken by the long linger of alcohol warmth. This is not an attractive attribute, although I realize this is a rather high ABV. The overall mouthfeel was moderate but the flavors did come through well before being pushed out of the way.

I'm not sure about this one. It was very warm of alcohol and that is generally a detractor for me. However, I love triples and this one did have several of the classic earmarks of a good trip. Perhaps some aging might bring out some of the more subtle nuances of this brew. It definitely has potential but seems to be missing a little polish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 00:12:01 | More by SIRIUS2
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