Terrapin Monk's Revenge | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Monk's RevengeTerrapin Monk's Revenge

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #5, now a Spring release.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruisin' Ales bomber. Pours lasting white head onto medium yellow body. Carbonation bubbles. Fresh yeast aroma. A Belgian ale, backed by sufficient hops to keep it from going to the sweet side. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel.Good balnce, alcholol well hidden.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head on a deep golden hazy body. Lots of lacing.

S: very yeasty, fruity and herbal hop presence.

T: very yeasty, lots of grain, bittersweet corriander with fruits mostly sour melon, green apple and green grape. Bittering hops are well applied.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation. A semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is much not earthy ad herbal than others I have head. Very Belgian, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer I found to be very impressive the color and head looked very nice. There was even some pretty good lacing too. The smell of the beer has some sweet grains on the nose with a bit of hops in there. The taste of the beer was hoppyat first then it settled into a light wheat style aftertaste. It was a little yeasty I thought. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it kept me interested. Overall it wasn't a bad brew, pretty good for a one off brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is a bit sweet and has aromas of Belgian yeast with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has peppery spices in the finish along with a moderate amount of bitterness. No hop flavors are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be considered as a Belgian Double/Imperial IPA and hides its alcohol very well from the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden tinged amber color with a modest (for a Belgian style) head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: While its age must be taken into account, this is more malt forward than hop forward, with tropical fruit, hints of candi sugar and fusel alcohol; the hops are grassy rather than citrusy

Taste: Belgiany yeast influences, up front, with a biscuity malt base and an underlying sweetness that sets a backdrop to the spicy hops that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors come together but there is a bit of fusel alcohol in the finish that is a distraction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to brisk carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that would be better without the fusel alcohol; the balance works well

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of fluffy white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Malt sweetness and some fruity notes from the yeast. There is also a mild alcohol smell as well.

Taste: Some citrus hop bitterness up front. A strong malty backbone, fruity notes. The finish is bitter with a strong alcohol punch in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the hops and the fruit notes, but the alcohol was a bit too much given the other flavors. Still a good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with an off-white, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. It left some patchy lace.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty. Maybe a little banana aroma with some caramel malt notes.

T - Banana flavor was present with some tart/sour fruitiness. Good caramel malt taste with some yeast kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a nice dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. I hope to find more Terrapin brews in the near future.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria.

Pours yellow-orange with a nice white head. Nose is nice with a lot of spice and a bit of fruit. Really good amount of floral, citrus, and herbal hops. The taste is hoppy but not too bitter with a good deal of spice. Medium feel with some alcohol. A nice example of a (luckily) increasingly-common style.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of slightly off white head. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of tripel flavors presents. Spices, orange peel, coriander, lemon zest, bananas, and cloves. Some floral hops, but not to much here.

Taste: Coriander, cloves, bananas, light floral hops, orange peel, lemon zest. Very nice flavors and a lot like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly crisp, and refreshing. Ends a little bitter and dry.

Overall, very drinkable for the style. My pour didn't last too long. Glad I could try this one. A very nice blend of flavors.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, copper colored body and a big white head. Decent head retention with little lace.

S - Moderate hop aroma with some fruity pineapple hop notes. Nice yeast character of clove and vanilla with some banana notes.

T - Fruity hops with lots of yeast character and sweet malt. Smooth yeast character of clove and vanilla. The finish is well balanced with moderate bitterness and some grapefruit hop flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy with moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty nice overall, but a bit weak on the hops. More like a slightly Americanized tripple than a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had only a few of beers of this style and havent been overly impressed with them,this seems to go along that line.Poured into a large tulip glass a mix og deep golden and burnt orange with a thin white head that is gone quickly leaving no lace behind as it settled very quickly.Belgian yeast aroams stand out most in the nose,slightly smokey and quite spicey with some overripe pineapple,just a hint of resiny American hop.Flavors are also more like a tripel in my mind than a dipa but its is pretty darn good.Phenolic spice flavors with some grilled pineapple flavors meld into a bit of citric hop but it never really comes thru to strong.If your a fan of say a hopped up tripel than you will be all about this,me I think its good but not anything to seek out for my taste.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been excited to start trying some Terrapin beers. Here goes. Got this one thanks to kkipple.

A: A nice 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades in my Chouffe tulip glass. It's a very clear orange maple color.

N: Oooh, a really nice Belgian ale aroma to start. Some very light Belgian yeast, slight Belgian malts, touch of sweetness and very slight booze aroma. With that is some lighter fare hops. Low alpha hops with a nice grassy aroma, some citrus, and slight floral aroma. I really like how it keeps the hops lighter and doesn't overwhelm and become an American IPA with some Belgian malts.

T: Similar to the nose. Starts with some Belgian malts, little sweetness and candi sugar. With that is a slight booze taste with a touch of warming alcohol. It starts to get a dubble or tripel like taste with the booze and candi sugar. With that comes a little fruit too, and touch of Belgian yeast. Then comes a slight hop flavor. Some grassy and low alpha hop flavors, little spicy hop, and it maintains light but maybe too light. The alcohol stings a bit too.

M: Medium body with a little stinging alcohol and heat from the booze, good carbonation.

F: Dries a bit but still leaves a slight sticky sweetness. Some lingering citrus and orange peel, as well as other fruits. Some tangering and grapefruit on the finish, seem more to be from the yeast than hops, but could be some nice hop flavor. Either way it tastes nice. The alcohol is still warming and spicy on the finish, and it gets slightly bitter but not much. Some nice fresh dry hops linger on the finish, a Cascade like taste. It comes on really late and adds a really nice touch that redeems the beer.

Overall it started very nice, beautiful aroma, and the taste was pretty good. They kept the hops lower and really nice on the nose. However, the sweetness and boozy taste is way to high. Just for a Belgian Pale its more like a tripel with some light hops, and as the nose was perfect with hops the taste was a little lacking. The really late finishing dry hops add a really nice touch. If only the booze wasn't so high.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label proclaims "2010 vintage". After some warming, poured into a Unibroue snifter.

A - orange-amber color; hazy with a short-lived, bone colored head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

S - True to style with fruit, spice and floral esters dominate a light malt background. Hints of orange/tangerine, white pepper, ripe banana and pear.

M - Moderate carbonation; medium body; a slightly dry finish

T - Bittersweet flavor with plenty of malt toastiness and a clear spicy-earthy hop component. Mildly astringent, peppery and bitter. Less fruity than aroma indicates. Hoppy, as well as Lightly spicy and yeasty, finish and aftertaste.

O - A tasty Belgian style IPA with initially subdued hops and a very well-hidden, high ABV.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a layer of fizzy froth that lines the outer rim of the glass and throws a cascade of spotty foam up on the sides. The aroma is floral, piney, and citric smelling, with notes of fruit, bubblegum, and spice from the yeast mixing with malt to impart a sweet twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a bitter citric bite to it that propels earth, pith, and rind out into the mouth. Soft fruit esters mix in with the bready sweetness of the malts to offer up some balance. A peppery spice element trails into the finish, which is feeling dry and yeasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being sharp up front and then more mellow and creamy feeling, as this rides along on the oily hop slickness underneath. Alcohol shows itself with some light warmth that hangs on the breath but I would have never guessed that this was close to 10%. Well done on that account.

Like others have said, this came a bit more like a DIPA/Tripel hybrid than a traditional Belgian IPA. While it lacked some complexity, this still stayed fairly interesting and drank VERY nicely for the size of it. Another solid Terrapin entry.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazed, orange-gold body with a ½ inch of creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Fragrant tropical fruit medley aroma paired with some spicy and sweet-smelling candy notes and just a splash of white wine.

Taste: Sweet malts with a hint of breadiness and covered in orange blossom honey and candi sugar. Meager pinch of cracked cloves. Send in the fruits; everything from pineapple to nectarine to grapefruit to even some yeast-derived banana. Moderate hop bitterness. Tiny pinch of acidity. Small sip of Pinot Gris. Oily citrus peel character and a final touch of spice on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a bolstered oily heft to it. Medium-high carbonation, though I did have a bottle earlier which had a fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Why, it's a veritable hoot! Reminiscent of Stone's Cali-Belgique. The writing of this review paired well with the Murray Head song "One Night in Bangkok" playing on the TV behind me. Ah, Murry Head, we hardly knew ye.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Revenge does not long remain unrevenged."

--German proverb

Radiant kumquat orange with highlights of golden honey. The pastel lemon colored lid has an incredibly rich and creamy texture. It looks even better as it melts and is starting to lay down a good bit of lace as well.

Even though it's now nearly one year of age, the American hops in this Belgian-style DIPA are still mighty pleasing to the nose. The lineup includes Magnum, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe. When it comes to the little green cones, these guys don't mess around. The Trappist yeast strain is appreciated as well.

Terrapin's stated aim was to brew a beer with the malt bill of a tripel and the hop bill of an American DIPA. I think they've done a fine job, but then those are two of my favorite styles. Even though this big brew was undoubtedly hoppier on release (99 IBUs), it still has more hop flavor and bitterness than most Belgian tripels.

Munich malt wasn't the best choice, although it doesn't do too much harm given what else is occupying the taste buds. The tropical fruitiness of Simcoe is especially noted... which is a very good thing. Finally, white pepper and clove from the yeast ties the whole thing up with a style-appropriate bow.

A faint rubbing alcohol vibe almost certainly wasn't present when the hops were still on a rampage. Besides, it's easily overlooked by those who drink Big Beer on a semi-regular basis. Warming softens things and brings the flavors into slightly sharper focus.

The mouthfeel does not drop the ball. It doesn't even juggle it. In fact, it's an enjoyable combination of firmness and smooth almost-creaminess. Bigger and thicker wouldn't have worked at all. Nor would have more bubbles.

Monk's Revenge Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale (Vol. 5) is a little better than Gamma Ray Wheat Wine (Vol. 3) and is much better than either RoggenRauchBier (Vol. 2) or Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter (Vol. 4). I'm still waiting for the Side Project beer that will blow the doors off the joint, but this one is worth a purchase if you can find it. Thank you to Rbald42 for the bomber.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a copper/orange color with a thin bright white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded after a minute or so, but left some decent lacing on the glass.

The first thing that hits you in the nose is the Belgian yeast, fruit and spice flavors. It has some floral hoppiness but not as much as I expected it would. The Belgian flavors are definitely more present then the IPA flavors in the nose. It has a very appealing nose, just not as hoppy as I expected.

The taste has more of a melding of the Belgian and hoppy flavors. The Belgian yeast comes through with some apple, pear and banana fruitiness as well as some clove like spiciness to it. The hops some through with some floral and citrus flavors and also lend a moderate bitterness up front. It has a malty sweetness that comes through in the finish and really helps balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed the melding of the flavors. They did a very nice job of really integrating and balancing all the flavors. I would say the flavors lean more towards the Belgian side but the hoppy flavors came through nicely in the taste as well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a half finger white head on top. The head fades quickly leaving some white splotches on top. Some lacing is left on the glass, but it is rather thin.

S: Some faint citrus fruits and some pear along with some flowers and some light spices. Almost reminds me of a hefe aroma actually with the nutmeg and pepper.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, rather light on hops with some faint citrus. It is much heavier in the Belgian qualities with spices (nutmeg chiefly), and a little bit of banana and pear.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Sweet finish.

O: Overall its not bad, just not as hoppy as I would have liked it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the side projects I never got around to trying. I had two left to finish off the series and decided to open both of them this evening. Served chilled and poured into a 10 oz tasting glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

The pour was very nice with a deep golden, straw color coming forward right away. Nice two fingers of white foam quickly come up and over the top of the glass settling down with a nice amount of lacing that quickly takes over the glass. Very cloudy, even through the final pours. First thing I notice is the aroma of honey, lots of grains, bready malts and a noticeable amount of honey, whether intentional or not it is there. Grape skins start to come forward now as does a light touch of grass, nothing really bowling me over though. First sip is very smooth, rich and well carbonated the flavor is allowed to explore the palate quite nicely and really makes for a very full feel. Light grains, pears, peaches, apples, all seem to be well represented, but something seems to be missing with the depth here. Just not as full as I would have liked. Warming really brings out some nice buttery notes, hints of light flavors that really come across well. The ABV is nicely hidden and I was able to sip through the bottle without much trouble.

Overall not my favorite version of the style I have ever had, but I think it works. I would have no issue with trying this one again, especially with a little bit of age put on it. Might bring it into the great category.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, poured chilled into a tulip

A - a tangerine color with light haze and bone white head w/ 1/4 size and tiny bead, spattered lace collects

S - Fruit and floral esters dominate w/ slight orange and clementine w/ mild pear aromas and gentle spice. There is mild malt w/ mild funkiness from the belgian yeast w/ slight ripe banana essence

M - A mild bitterness makes for a nicely balanced feel w/ malt and subtle alcohol layers. The moderate carbonation adds to the hop bitterness and carries on into a dry finish

T - The flavor has a sweet crisp flavor w/ mild malt toastiness and slight tangerine element in the hops w/ mild astringent and bitter grapefruit tinged and mild herbal notes. There is a slight peppery element from the alcohol which gives a mild dry taste and slight tannic tea-like combo w/ the hops lasting into the finish and spice notes from the yeast lasting after the taste

D - A tasty IPA and the belgian yeast is a bit more dominant than the hops, but flavors are well developed. The taste has a low alcohol influence in the taste, but at 9.6% it is a beer that is good for sharing

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Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a vintage date.

LOOK: Slightly cloudy light amber color, superb lacing down the glass

SMELL: Papaya, pineapple skin, melon rind, juicy fruit, medicinal phenols, peppery, cotton candy, nectarines, herbal tea

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, moderate body, big alcoholic esters, juicy, bitter, bubble gum, powdered aspirin, oily hop, mild resin, ripe fruit, very warming, bitter phenolic end

Not as I remember, beers change ... palates change. Regardless this brew is flavorful but a controlled mess at the same time. Bitterness seems to be pulled away from the flavor and strikes quick and then pulls back and the alcohol character is a bit out of whack. Still a fun brew to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to DosBeerigos for this bottle!

I don't like the look on that turtle's face... This brew pours a slightly hazy golden amber topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose is loaded with pine resin and grapefruit, hops galore. A dark honey hides in the background. The taste follows closely, heavier on the honey, but with plenty of hoppy pine and grapefruit to go around. Some banana, clove, and flowers are swirled around in the maelstrom as well. The body is a light medium, with an active carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, an interesting mix of DIPA and tripel.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color with a white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The lacing doesn't last long, though.

Smell - Yeast dominated. Some citrusy hops and some caramel malt. Mostly I smell the yeast, though. I'd expect more hoppiness from an IPA.

Taste - Again, yeast centered. It has a good hop profile in the flavor. A lot of bitterness in the finish. Pronounced Belgian flavor to it.

Mouthfeel - This is what I don't like. It feels like the ABV was amped up by sugar additions. It's extremely dry in the finish, especially after it warms. I'd rather it were lower in alcohol with a bit more body in the finish.

Overall - It's tasty. Quite tasty, in fact. Distinctly Belgian in flavor, but I hesitate to call it an IPA. Maybe just a strong Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottles newly released I'm guessing due to the new Terrapin green caps with the turtle bursting through. This label shows a horse back riding, leute playing terrapin. Aroma has strong tropical accents with citrus hops shining bright, a bit of alcohol present and spicy Belgian yeast notes. Flavor is a clash between American hops alcohol and Beligan yeast a bit of a cluster you know what I'm trying to say. Mouthfeel can be cloying because of the same tug of war I'm talking about, hot alcohol in the finish a bit of resinous hops and spices that coat the palate. Even carbonation medium bodied but I wouldn't call the experience smooth, overall I'm surprised they chose to mass produce this beer I'm still waiting for another Imperial Pils...btw their new limited release 22 oz bottles is a pun on Indian Jones.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from GPHarris, Thanks again.
2011 Vintage
Pours a light copper color with a stingy white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of candied dark fruit, slightly earthy with a hint of Belgian yeast esters. IPA? Hops? What? Very little in the way of hops find their way into my nostrils. Tastes is sweet with dark fruits and candy sugar. There I found some hops and a bit of ethanol. Earthy and resinous hops come through but are quickly drowned out by a bit of alcohol burn. Fairly dry finish with lingering lighter fluid and sugary fruit. Medium body and carbonation level, sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Decent brew, wasn't at all what I was expecting. The heat is a bit harsh and the hops a bit muted, but tasty nonetheless.

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