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) - - 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 (4045) - 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 (5687) - 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.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very peachy, nice and syrupy feel in the mouth. Very sweet with a little bit of a cinnamon flavor.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicey fruity peach apricot, alcohol aroma.Dark blond appearace.Sweet fruity flavors of apricots lemons orange and peaches with some creamy spicey yeast and a mild hoppy finish.A little too sweet overall.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This should be so much better than it is. This is a great brewery and a really fun style, but this doesn't come together. Ultra sweet, barleywine like character without complexity. Ham handed and disappointing.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Smells more like a malty american strong ale(nice hops and there is that strange Avery smokiness,teriaki?) w/ some definite Belgian characteristics/sense some alcohol at first whiff.Very malty nose(sweet and citrusy)Very nice hazy caramel/honey color.Pours w/ a nice short head w/ plenty of lavish lace.Taste is malty/sweet/hoppy/citrus.Smooth drinking ale.I do like my "belgians" w/ more yeast(it' only natural)though there was some sticky lookin' stuff at the bottom of this 22oz.This one sat for almost two years.Ages well as I just finished my last bottle almost three years old and enjoyed it the most.