robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy Apricot With Good White Head. Grains and Barley on the Tongue... Grains on the Nose and some Citrus There. Very Decent but Not a Fantastic Brew.
sloth (2778) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large white head, rocky, Good retention with a sticky lace. Hazy blond color. Malty, bready, nose with a hint at butterscotch. Medium body, smooth, slick texture. The butterscotch flavors are moreso in its flavor along with caramel, earthy notes a light mustiness and some stale hops in the finish. Dry finish.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy golden colour with large rocky, white head. Very appealing aroma; spicy, hoppy, fruity (including peach). Taste is peach, citrus and grainy with a sour edge that lingers, turning into a slightly bitter finish. Smooth, moderately carbonated and dry. Like it.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy and golden with a thick head that leaves a good layer of foam and good lacing. Aroma starts a bit skunky, but improves dramatically as it warms. (Takes on a citrusy aroma) The taste is underwhelming. Like the aroma, the taste improves as it warms. The alcohol is very evident at first, but becomes hidden as it warms. Rather bitter finish and really leaves a dry feeling in your throat. Thereís really nothing that sets it apart from others.
badgerben (4794) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange color with a tall head. The aroma struck me as barley at first, but then moved into the category of a feed mill... just lots of miscellaneous grains. Same with the taste; itís quite grainy with possibly a greaty leaning on oats. Tasty, but not godly.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: hazy, dull golden, and infected with a multitude of floating flecks, but topped with a beautiful, pristine, snow-white cap of luscious, lace-leaving foam.
Aroma: softly citric, slightly spicy, and light and airy and uplifting as sea-foam, feeling a bit like a witbier, almost.
Taste: sweetness itself, with just a dash of citric sour at the edges, but overall, fruity, peach, apricot, orange. Zesty, with sour citric character returning, but not dominating. Hops dance delicately, and malt is assuredly around to provide a plush pillow for the tastebuds. A really well-integrated brew, any initial harshness is soon mellow-fied, and ease of drinkability is ensured. Mild, all in all, for sure, but thatís really what the style is all about. Very smooth, I could imagine downing this aplenty, if it werenít for the cost. Really, to smooth out financial matters, the only thing to do is actually become a monastic brother, and drink this stuff for free, aye, thatís what I ought to do...
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden and hazy with white head. Aroma is hoppy with spice. Taste has great amount of hops balanced with warm malts. Yeasty as is warms. Nice!
Ungstrup (33771) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy orange beer with yeast sediment floating around and a huge off-white head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of yeast, oranges, coriander, and earth. The flavor is powerful with strong notes of alcohol, yeast, oranges, and spices amongst those coriander. The mouthfeel is silky soft and ending on a dryness while the alcohol is felt in the throat.
marcus (8797) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This blonde ale pours with almost no head, and elicits a very pleasant fruity aroma. The spicy flavor intensifies as the beer warms. This ale is a fine example of the Trappist style, and is sort of a cross between Westmalle Tripel and Orval.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best Before September 2005 (2 years old?)
Had to let this warm to fully apppreciate the citrus, spice, sourdough, and dry mustiness in the aroma. This is the way a blonde Belgian should look, esp. the lacing (the kind without legs anyway). The flavor matched the aroma, with lemon and orange peel being the most pronounced. The finish left a residual chalkiness (over spiced?) that marginally spoils something quite special. Overall the closest match in taste is actaully the Westmalle Tripel (not a surpise considering this beer comes from a former Westmalle brewmaster.