Muffin Top - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.26/5 rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Thanks, Kevin. Orange-y orange body, like the flesh of a nectarine. A bruised, somewhat darker nectarine. Cloudy and muddled, not surprising for a Belgian-yeast including ale. A yellow tinted, soapy and lavish head spouts like it was part of a bubble bath, taking forever to sink and leaving behind generous amounts of lacing as it does so.
Hmmm... first whiff... the aroma is... peppery. Lots and lots and lots of white pepper spice, right in your face - no shame. Ashy hops, highly leafy with some minty bubblegum that leads way into the collage of Belgian yeast and applicable esters. Mildly earthy, some lightly sweet taffy, and a bit of clove and kitchen rack spices. Very, very influenced by the Belgian yeast - it basically has a stranglehold on the aroma and outshines the hops by quite a large margin.
The taste is quite minty and full of clove, and it's phenolic to the core... Lots of phenolic-like alcohol which isn't too appealing, really. The Belgian yeast is center-stage yet again; chunky and gummy wintergreen spice with some sharp, black pepper on the back-end. Ashy hops squander around and try to peak their head up above the flotsam, but the surface is covered up pretty well by the heft of the Belgian yeast.
Bitterness is prevalent, but so is a mild bready sweetness from the malt and the yeast, as well as a bit of a burn from the heavy alcohol character. It's a little too phenolic and medicinal in the finish for my liking. Medium bodied, not quite syrupy or sticky, but a little thicker and viscous than the first few sips reveal. Medium-high carbonation; not shocking, given the enormous head formation.
Eh, I really wasn't on board with this one. Just didn't fit my flavor preferences, I guess. I do like Belgian ales, and well made tripels, but something about this one just wasn't cutting it for me. Hope you like your Belgian ales spicy and minty, because that's what this one is all about. The almost-hot alcohol presence wasn't helping either. Not awful, but not a constant rotator, either.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 19:41:29 | More by tectactoe
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3.96/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 22oz bottle into 250ml Delirium Tremens tulip
Appearance: Hazy golden-amber color with a large orange-tinted white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a nice ring of lace.
Smell: Melons, grape, and candy aromas dominate with some floral hints.
Taste: Begins with melon and grape flavors, rounding out to sweet Belgian-style candy flavors. Finish is yeasty with a slight herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy slick body with an even slicker finish.
Overall: Not necessarily the most memorable beer, but very good overall. Could do with a touch more bitterness, but maybe I say that because I have never been the biggest fan of candy flavor in beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 22:29:18 | More by Mosstrooper
Muffin Top from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.