Cartoonkhaki (1254) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden yellow with large pillowy white head. Malty honey aroma carbonated palate... Alcoholic flavour sugary sweet... lighthop and bitter .... decent.
millejt (4) - Mobile, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy opaque amber color, nice frothy whit head that dissipated rather quickly. Fruity slightly spicy aroma. Nice citrusy taste with fruity after taste. Overall an excellent Abbey Ale.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight alcohol flavor, mostly coriander and citrus... reminds of some hefe’s. Pretty bad for a Belgianl, it was irritating to finish the bottle, I was totally bored with it.
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml brown bottle. Another selection from Affligem’s "Combipack", thanks LCBO. Cloudy honeyish gold beer with a nice white head. Aromas include light oranges, caramel and yeast. Bready, big yeasty accents with sweet malt, some pleasing bitterness sneaks in along the way. Pleasing alcohol notes and lingering hops in the finish. Another enjoyable Affligem brew.
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. LCBO Gift Pack Winter 2004. Crisp clear golden yellow body with a nice billowy head. Wheaty, yeasty slightly sweet aroma. Sweetish flavour has a dry bready finish. Interesting subtle notes of spice, vague touch of black pepper. Smoothly drinkable with a complexity that escaped my notes if not my tastebuds. Improves through the glass. Medium bodied palate. Nice beer.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden colour with large white foamy head. aroma has a malty sweetness with some apricot, hints of a hoppy bitterness. Aroma is malty with some fruit, finish has some yeast and alcohol. Nice palate.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent carbonation on this dull, tan/burnt sienna colored brew. Very earthy yeasts and minimal sweetness. Aroma of apples, carrots, honey and rich humus ladden soil. Alcohol is as undetectable as the sweetness, but certainly present. I was especially please to have no floaties. Complex flavor that well fits the silent epoch detailed by krisbierjaeger’s rate (that dudes a poet). Overall, a complex symphony of ingredients and a great example of the style. Let this baby breath and she’ll really open up.
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée à la LCBO. Arôme: Odeur de céréale, de caramel, de fleurs, de conifère (?) et d’épice. Apparence: Couleur ambrée pâle. Gros col crèmeux qui dure très longtemps. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Amertume fortement présente au début, diminuant tranquillement vers la fin. Palette: Corps moyen. Texture huileuse et arrière goût d’alcool moyen. (Rating #55)
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"were movin’ out!" cried the creamy orange malts over the booming of the cork-- "this is it, this is what we trained for, balance, boys, think balance!"
"i got ya covered buddy!" shouted back the carbonation, already chomping at the bit and pushing up a head as toothy white and fluffy as parlor-groomed samoyed.
"who fuckin’ made him king?!" yawned the muscular yeast-- that milky ghostlike brute who dwelt in a tight and sullen tribe near the bottom of the bottle, and who had been brusquely awakened by the tumultuous opening. already the vibrant pour was tumbling like a team of cirque de soleil acrobats in an undulating, co-mingling of foam and neon apricot body. apparently unconcerned, though, the supple alcohol too, was lingering. but unlike the frantic yeast, she sat dreamily content, idly snapping her dagger-like talons. she smiled as the gloomy cork and clay-scented yeast fogged into action and sent out snakey rivulets into the gushing mix. she tossed her mane and rippled with the well-cloaked musculature of a panther. "not so fast, cowboy", she purred. "they may start without us, but we’ll be what they remember..." "speak for yourself" whispered a passing waif of tardy hops. the hops were indeed shy, but posessing of a lithe figure and subtle perfume. but now-- back in glass, the brisk carbonation had piled up a tropical storm of billowing whiteness in a thick protective covering over the brew, while electric currents of aroma were lofting upward with well rehearsed songs of dry oak and apple bark resin, toasted danish butter cookies and a musty trunk full of vintage newspapers. it was all happening so fast-- the choreography so tight and winning: a cool blur of refreshing spritz and sweet desert wine and nourishing grain-- even as langorous cascades of lace licked like a lover’s tongue along the inner thigh of the glass. the malts glowed, the carbonation dazzled, the hops were dainty but charming in aroma and finish, AND-- the mighty yeast flushed with pride to be apparently lording over all in the end--he puffed like an inflated souffle-- and shouted: "i now RULE!!’. at that moment, however, the feline alcohol sidled up again, and gently but firmly raked those talons along the spine of the entire beer. and in a hypnotic hiss-- in a way that spoke both ecstasy and omnipotence, she licked aside the yeast in a way that made him buckle. "not so fast, cowboy", she breathed.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my personal faves, this one is balanced well all around. The alcohol bites just enough, and the flavor explosion lasts throughout each sip.