drjay44 (3302) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another tasting at the Salida brewers gathering. All beers are out of small kegs. Hold the glass up to the light, hang out in the park with your friends, and enjoy brews as they should be taken. This is a lovely creation, light, with high alcohol nicely hidden. It had a big head. Was the last reviewer unfortunate enough to have had it from a bottle?? Even my wife said it tasted GOOD!!
rajendra82 (1031) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Salvation came tonight in the form of a 22 oz. brown bomber, with gold foil around the neck, and a label evocative of medieval Christian art. The beer poured out into a tulip glass, looked gorgeous golden yellow, with active carbonation. Compared to most other beers in this style, the head was rather small at half inch thick, and there was not much lacing left along the sides of the glass.
The smell was dead on, with sweet malt, spices, and the unique earthiness typical of Belgian yeast strains. The taste was big on malt, with pear, green apple, and apricot like fruitiness, and was closer to a Tripel than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There was also a noticeable level of hop flavor coming through. Not an overpowering hop flavor, but a little touch of citrus and hay complimenting the sweetness quite nicely.
Thick and sticky mouthfeel accentuated the feeling of consuming a big special beer. The alcohol was well hidden, and there was almost no burn. The aftertaste was peppery, citric, and sweet. A big beer that does not feel harsh and aggressive, but instead is like a gentle giant carrying you along on his back.
MiP (15143) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at KØ07. Weak, but good, sweetish hop aroma. Clear golden colour, small white head. Very malty flavour, in perfect balance with pepper and alcohol notes. Caramelly flavour also going well with the alcohol. This is really good.
Grippen (5) - - JAN 12, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty aroma. Minimal head. Slightly fruity taste. Good example of the Belgian style!!!
staticGen (4) - - MAY 27, 2016 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into challace. Beer is absolute deep golden with a twinge of apricot hue. Sufficient head without excessive lingering.
Aromas of sweet dough - yeasty, spice and banana - maybe some bubble gum. Rarely a sense of cow manure there too - but not offsetting. This beer has Belgian DNA and not shy about it. Plenty of taste in this beer with a balance of bitterness, sweetness and saltiness going on.
Nice full mouthfeel - great interaction between carbonation and viscociy of the beer. Carbonation is slightly understated, allowing other complexities to shine through.
The beer finishes with an amazing after taste of yummy yeast, spices and bannana. Mineralization and appropriate bitterness remain.
Again, Avery has come up with a winner. As with other beers in this series they are rich in every category including ABV. This one is at 9%. Of all of the beers in the holy trinity of ales, this one impresses me the most, but then I am a big fan of Belgin beers. It’s obvious the folks at Avery have made it their passion to use the highest quality ingredients while applying the goal of perfection in beer alchemy to produce the most impressive beers in the genre. Yet amazingly, while staying true to a category, they produce a beer that is completely unique in its own right. Cheers Avery!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellowish orange in color with a light head. Fruity aroma mix of dried fruit. Excellent. Very thick. full bodied. Warming beer.
garrison (808) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle - Ah, yes... another fine brew I drank at this year’s "Ohio River Way Paddlefest". It poured a luscious, golden color with a spicey, gardeny bouquet and a finely laced white head.
It’s taste was suberb, an outstanding example of a Flemish golden beer!
ghawener (1553) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Ramenen. Bottle: Loaded, spicey and herbal. Potent well crafted brew.
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Once poured from the glass there is deep golden color throughout the glass. The scent at first has a sweet intense flavor that finishs with a hint of corriander. A great tasting Beligan like beer! Has a deep flavor that coats and shocks the taste buds!
nickypoobrown (5) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours a beautiful dark golden hue, with a thick head that lingers a little before disappearing. The aroma is a little bready, but mostly the dark fruit, raisiny notes that are great in a Belgian. The flavor is similar to the aroma, low hops, and a nice light sweetness on the finish. The medium-light body make it easy to drink for a big beer.