At first I though the goal of this beer was to see how many fat old happy drunks they could cram onto the label artwork. Then I realized they were trying to provide us with an American alternative to big Belgian brands like Duvel. And they did well, my friends. In some areas, it's lacking. For example, not as effervescent. However, I think they managed to slide in a few more flavors then what you'd normally get in Duvel, or at least make them more pronounced. At first, there was a definite woody flavor, followed by a distinct orange zing to it. It's a little darker in color too, so overall, I'd almost say it's more challenging to the senses. I think I'd go for this next time, because it's almost as good, it's made in America, and it has a little less alcohol, so it doesn't knock you out. Oh, and the answer is 11.
Reviewed: December 18, 2005