SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Toronado. Rich gold in color with a thing white head. Awesome lacing. This is similar to a sweet fruity cider. Apples, pears, orange. It’s all here. Sweet, but not overly. Clean finish. Drying at the end. The typical medicinal belgian yeast byproduct flavor is quite muted. This was a hit with the colleague beside me at the bar who probably drinks 2 beers a year. I liked it also, but for completely different taste reasons. He thought I was insane when I proclaimed "bubblegum!"
MatKool (64) - CANADA - APR 9, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
6.8% Blonde pour with a bubbly head. Caramel and smokey undertones with a high CO2 finish.
MattShizzle (544) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good Belgian ale.Cloudy, very spicy. Doesn’t taste strong. Very overcarbonated.
Pailhead (5193) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of HogTownHarry via trade. Aroma of banana, yeast, pepper, orange peel, apple, and hints of lemon. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a small white head that lasts a minute or so. Very spicy flavor. Behind the spice lies a lot of fruit (banana, hints of apple and moderate yeastiness. Finishes has an acidic kick to it, but not too harsh, and more spice. Fizzy mouthfeel. Not your top of the line Belgian, but at a 3.3 score seems pretty low.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve kept this bottle in the cellar for about a year, then decided it’s time to drink it. Unnerving amount of sediment, but it’s all good. Very cloudy medium-pale gold, good-sized head that leaves a fluffy lacing. Notes of white grape, lemon in the nose; tastes like a combination of a hoppy ale and a banana-tinged wheat beer, with slight brown sugar and miky flavours. Slightly creamy texture with muted carbonation. This hits all the right notes, but doesn’t have the "wow" factor.
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
No head, golden appearance. Boring malty aroma. Taste is better, but somewhat cloying and sour. Not a good representative of the type.
GRM (3116) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 330 ml, expiry date: 03 06 06; eye; nice persisting thick white head made up of thiny bubles, lightly hazy, lot of suspended particles, pale yellow with orangy reflections, a little effervescence, lace on the glass (actually, it is more like jeans!); nose: spices, yeast, fruit (lemon); taste: aerial, lightly spiced, hint of alcohol, finale: lightly hopped and light bitterness and way after the sip, a rise of malt FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, date d’expiration : 03 06 06; oeil ; belle mousse blanche abondante et persistante formée de petites bulles, légèrement voilée, beaucoup de matière en suspension, jaune pâle avec reflets orangés, peu d’effervescence, dentelle sur le verre; nez : épices, levure, fruit (citron); bouche : aérienne, légèrement épicée, pointe d’alcool, en finale légèrement houblonné et légère amertume, longtemps après la gorgée remontée de houblon
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very typical for the style. Not a whole lot in the aroma. Taste was belgian, spicy but subtle. Easy to drink, but there was too much of a yeasty taste that I couldn’t get past.
Sigmund (5343) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Rerate, 330 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.8%. Pale yellow colour, huge white head.Sweetish aroma, floral, spicy / herbal and grassy notes. The flavour is crisp and not too sweet, spicy and herbal notes again, decent hops in the finish. Original rating: Draught in Nice, France. Listed simply as "Affligem" on the menu, but I presume it was the Blond. Served in appropriate glass. Golden colour, low head, moderate carbonation. Very pleasant and spicy aroma and flavour, notes of oak and yeast too. Good beer!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Foamy head, golden body. A lot of honey and spices in the aroma, but typcial for the style. Taste is like cider, with a bit of nutmeg and alcohol.