hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good and recommended Belgian Strong Ale. A medium sized off-white head that was creamy and smooth with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was slightly hazy and softly carbonated with an orange-golden hue. The nose was malty, fruity, banana, spicy, cinnamon and some clove notes. The flavor was malty, spicy and fruity with a smooth and slightly thin mouthfeel. This was a medium bodied beer with good lacing.
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated light brown colored body and a good lace. The aroma was mild with fruity malty doughy and floral notes. The mouthfeel was initially biting and yet it smoothened in the finsh. It had a fruity bannana apricot doughy malty flavor. A very nice brew that gave us a nice buzz.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden amber with medium-sized white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of fruity, citrusy hops. Flavor is same but also with considerable sweet sugary malt on the finish. With the added sugar, this one is too sweet for my taste. Borders on a medicine-like flavor on the finish with a syrupy mouth feel. Alcohol is evident.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden hue with a good frothy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma is very hoppy for a Belgian. Hints of floral hops, pine, peach, strawberry, barnyard, buttered biscuit, allspice, vanilla, and wet paper. The mouthfeel was very heavy as was the taste, syrupy. Tones of citrus and sweet malts up front. The finish had a piney and bitter quality with some acidic and spicy undertones. More twangy has it warms. Light alcoholic feel towards end of tasting. This is a very well made Belgain style brew which is far hoppier than expected. Good complexity and sublime notes. Recommended since I didn't find this extremely sweet at all.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice belgian style strong ale! Bottle. Pours golden orange color with a small white head that disappeared rapidly but left enough of a ring of around the edge to create some lacing. Aroma is fruity and yeasty like a delicious sweet fruit bread. Flavor is apricot, citrus, honey and spice - very nice. Mouthfeel is almost syurpy with a light carbonation. Another fine ale from the folks at Avery!
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. $4.49 ea. at Village Pump liquors.
No freshness date seen. Poured out a cloudy, slightly burnt orange color, with no head whatsoever. It left a decent lacing around the edge of the glass, but that's about it. Aromas of peaches, apricots, some malts, but not much in the way of hop aromas. Yeasty, bready, and fruity tasting. Low carbonation in my batch. Medium mouthfeel, neither thick nor thin. Biscuit tasting, dry in the finish.
A decent effort from Avery.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beautiful golden slightly hazy ale with a white creamy head. Head dies down quickly but leaves a nice layer of foam with subtle retention. Aroma is really hoppy that was unexpected by me. Very fruity with hints of cinnamon and peaches in sugar. Very smooth on the palate and slightly syrupy. Flavor is really nice but a tad sweet. I like the sweet though, and the fruitiness seems to be hanging on to a nice malty bottom. This was one of those surprises that you find in beers sometimes. Not what I expected but quite a pleasure none the less.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy golden brew, that is quite carbonated. Crowned by a cream colored head. Smells of alcohols and esters. A sharp aroma mixed with a musty fruity character. Soft tasting, fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting from the aroma. A bit of alcohol in the finish is detectable, along with a slight mustiness as well. The beer is fruity with notes of apple, maybe a hint of apricot. There is a bit of a sharp edge here too, a combination of the carbonation and fermentation byproducts. This is pretty good stuff, though it is a bit on the thick-bodied side of things.
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich golden brown. Small off-white head. Nose has hop pininess, ripened fruit, and spice. Definite malt and fruit notes interspersed with hops in the taste. Maybe peach mixed with light pine. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. Indeed this is hoppier than any Belgian style beer I can think of off-hand. This would be NICE if aged for a few years. Nevertheless, quality stuff from Avery!
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark gold, peaches and apples in the nose. Head receded quickly. The fruits carry over into the taste, much hoppier than most Belgians.