Belgo Hoptologist - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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3.96/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, but I am getting a Belgian yeast presence in the taste only.
Serving type: on tap.
09-01-2014 01:38:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Pours an orange amber with a 2 finger+ near white head. Fantastic lacing and good retention. Pretty ideal aside from the monster head.
S - Very nice, a great mix of dry, semi-citrusy hops and huge clovey banana notes. Some decent sweetness. Very belgianesque. Huge huge banana/clove notes
T - Starting out minimally bitter, very belgian sweet, oranges, coriander, lots of clove, and transitions into a slightly more traditional IPA flavor - citrusy orange (still pretty sweet), minimal sweet boozy flavor, finish is dry, bitter and spiced. Quite impressed.
M - Medium bodied+, leaves a thick feel to the back of the tongue, good carbonation and drinkability.
O - Really awesome, belgian heavy, transitioning flavors. Would definitely include in a Belgian IPA lineup
08-05-2014 00:47:27 | More by MacQ32
3.89/5 rDev -1.5%
The color is the same clear, deep gold-orange as the original. The fluffy off-white head stands just over one finger in height. Interestingly, as is the case with the non-Belgo version, the retention is more in the lasting of the foam that remains rather than how long it stays at its height. Patching is solid.
The difference in the aroma is essentially that the bitterness is toned down and evened out by earth and mild sweetness, such that's it's similar to the original but softer with a very little added gentle spiciness. I still get the wood, pith, flower herb, and pine of the original, just toned down and added to. Ultimately, it ends up being give and take.
There's no hint of the slight tang and acidity found in the American version. The wood, pith, herb, flower and pine are still present, but with more juicy fruits, light sort of sugary sweetness, earth, clove, and even a gentle sting to the alcohol. The finish ends up being a little weaker, and the Belgian character needs to kick it up to reach the upper echelon of this particular style. Well done, though.
The body is still big enough to support the base and while being a touch lighter in this version. It reaches moderate levels of both crispness and smoothness with a likewise moderate and consistent carbonation.
07-19-2014 17:51:44 | More by Brenden
Belgo Hoptologist from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.