BeerCritic


Orval Trappist

Style and Glass: Trappist; trappist, tulip, tumbler, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories:6.2  % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ

Aroma: floral, metallic, banana, hops. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: minimal design, orange, thick, hazy, no head, little lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, metallic, little malt, no hops, weak strength, bad craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, watery finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: I’m very disappointed. Something’s wrong here — what am I missing about why everyone loves this? Not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, little value, low craft. 12 out of 20.

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Green Flash Le Freak

Style and Glass: Begian strong; trappist, tulip, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99

Aroma: very nice, spicy, aromatic, smooth, fruity, delicious. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: nice packaging, copper, golden, hazy, unfiltered, thin white head, loose lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: almost balanced, medium malt, heavy hops, surprising, great strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, rippled texture, long bright finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Done in the tradition of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, where the hops and bananas all get in bed together. Definitely a repeat, though maybe not a favorite, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.



Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist glass, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $13.29 after discount.

Aroma: very nice, fruit, spices, hops, burn, alcohol. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: okay label design, golden, bright, hazy, thin white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium hops, great strength, master craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long easy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: An absolutely delicious beer, easy to drink despite the ABV. I would get it again, but it’s so damn expensive, I doubt I will. Expertly crafted. 18 out of 20.



Bell’s Amber Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 81, Amber Ale, English Pint; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: musky, dank, humid, sticky candy. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: tasteful, well designed, natural, bronze, hazy, unfiltered, off white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: maple, cocoa, light bitterness, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, clay, mud, longer malty finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Perhaps the best amber ale I’ve ever had. I would have it again.  Reasonable value.  Very well crafted.  18 out of 20.



Bell’s Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 71, American pale ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.2% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150C
Purchased at: Bound’s Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: wheaty, misty, rain. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: nicely designed packaging, bright, yellow, thick, hazy, fluffy white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: corn, hay, nice, subtly bitter, not watery, respectable, well crafted. 8 out of 10.

Palate: well done, sandy, quiet hoppy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: mellow but enjoyable. I will have it again, but I’ll pick up something different from this great brewery first. well done, but a bit expensive. 16 out of 20.



Gouden Carolus Tripel

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Abbey Tripel, Trappist, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler)

Aroma: inviting, banana, fruit, sweet. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: gusher, hazy, golden, beautiful, sunrise, thin, white head, nice lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: banana, some bitterness, dark, chemical. 8 out of 10.

Palate: biting, drying, sandy, woody, long finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Unique. Seems commercial for a Belgian offering, but not bad. It’s good, but I wouldn’t travel for it.  okay craft. 17 out of 20.



La Chouffe Belgian Strong Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 96, Belgian Strong, Trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: sweet, banana, cloves, fruit. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: hazy, golden, thin white head, light lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: classic Belgian, banana, fruit, clove, sugar. 10 out of 10.

Palate: wet, dusty, medium bittersweet finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A very good Belgian style. More balanced than Victory’s Golden Monkey. I’d look for it again. It’s well crafted, and very good. 17 out of 20.