millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy, golden amber with a very small off-white head. The aroma is very fruity - berries and pear - with a hint of vanilla and spice. The sweet maltiness comes through the strongest in the flavor but it’s not at all too sweet. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I like it a lot.
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice cloudy amber color with a full palate and mild smell.
Very good flavorful beer with some hops and a sour after taste.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice head, good bracing dose of hops wioth a slightly aggressive maltiness. Robust, yet not heavy. The spiciness is mild and does not dominate. This is the only Belgian ale I’ve ever had that could qualify as a good session beer. A good introduction to the Belgian styles for someone new to this end of the beer world. All around a very good, worthy beer.
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, February 2007] Orange/yellow pour. Aroma is citrusy and slight banana. Flavor is citrusy. Finish is crisp and wet.
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark orange. White head. Some caramel malt nose. Taste of anise. Some fruits in finish. Light fruits.
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Lighter in color than expected... orangish golden color. Aromas of dried fruit, bread, and spices. Nice flavors of similar origin with an extra touch of yeast, and a slight sweet finish. Enjoyable belgian.
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep mahogany, with a spicy, yeasty nose. Flavors of coriander, fruit, with a slight peppery smokiness. An excellent beer.
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice cloudy, iced tea color.Good sized head that left behind a nice lacing. Fruity , malty , slightly alcohol aroma.Smooth, smokey, nice thick malt flavor, good fruit undertones. Altogether enjoyable
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle corked and caged from batch 18. Opens with a solid pop. Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a nice foamy white head. Flavor of malts and spices with a slight caramel undertone. Not overpowering in flavor but balanced nicely. A bit of carbonation noted as well. Nice and smooth going down. No alcohol presence noted. A very good offering from Allagash once again. Well done.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hmmm, this is too bad. I usually like what Allagash does, but I don’t like this.
It looks pretty, but that’s about it. Golden mead-like color, but with absolutely no head. And it smells too sweet: honey, yes, but overdone. And the taste follows suit. Overly sweet, cloying, and the spice combination (or ratio?) just doesn’t work.
Hard to see how this and the Tripel (which is just about perfect) come from under the same roof...
(Looking at a few ratings from 3, or even 2, years ago, I wonder if something significant has changed in the recipe...)