marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reddish brown ale pours with a short tan head that dissipates very slowly, eliciting a sweet fruity aroma. The flavor is quite complex, beginning with a taste of honey and malt and finishing with a slightly bitter hoppy feel. This is a unique brew which I found quite tasty.
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Deep brown - reddish, murky body. Lightly brown head, fully diminishing. Fair lace. Malts (toffee, caramel), hints of alcohol in the nose. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Very odd flavour. My taste buds did need some adaption. Not too bad, after all.
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big beige head atop opaque garnet body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin/plum, some flower, metallic. Taste is medium sweet, perfume, plum. Smooth watery light-medium body. Alcohol well hidden. Definitely unusual.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown color,small light tan head that had a decent hang time then faded slowly to leave a slight lace.Nice sweet fruity aroma with a light malt side,maybe a bit of plum and or raisin.The taste starts out quite good with a light pear taste coming through upfront then a slow change to a light honey in the middle and end,with just a hint of hops coming on at the tail end.It has a nicely sweet side that doesnít get in the way of everything else.Over all iíd have to say that this is worth another try,itís surprisingly good.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky reddish brown with almost no head. Sweet fruity nose with all sorts of ripe fruit. Apples, plums, raisins, sweet oranges, sweet, perfumed flowers, toffee and a bit of brown sugar. The body is moderately thick, but without any carbonation that would make this very creamy. The flavor is pretty good, but seems pretty old. Strong apple cider and moderate floral elements combine with other sweet fruits and a bit of yeasty elements. All in all, itís not a bad beer, but could be better if it didnít seem so old.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a darker, cloudy reddish brown color with a small off white head. Aromas of honey, pears, molasses, and flowers. The tastes are more subtle than the aromas. Watery and thin body. Alcohol content well hidden.The labled initially worried me (pink with flowers and a bee carrying a pear). Overall, not as bad as I would have though but not outstanding.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma. Brown clear with amber tinges. Tan head. Sweet start, strong raisin & dark fruits in flavour. Fruity sweet finish lingers. Suprisingly complex. Medium-full, smooth. Nice
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Ruddy brown, Autumnal and sunsettish. Thin, tightly fluffed head, with creamy lacing. Slight strawberry aroma. Tanginess, deep milky fruit flavour. Flirts with sourness, but not sustained. Metal in places, watery shell. Lacks the sweetness of similar Belgian efforts, but thatís OK. This is a great beer - untainted by any noticeable ABV.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Quite aromatic, but definitely on the Belgian yeasty side of things. Slight raisn and caramel, with a touch of pear/apple, quite good, tasty.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thereís plenty of useful information on this colorful label ( a pretty picture of blossoming flowers, a goofy cartoon bee hugging a pear), but none of itís in English. For instance: "Ingedienten: brouwater, mout, gist, hop." But from further research, Iíve learned that the special ingredients are honey and pear essence, or syrup, or something. Well, letís open it up and find out!
Deep, dark chestnut color, nearly violet, with prodigious carbonation, bubbles filling the sides of the glass, and propelling a hugesness of head, in an off-whitish shade, but quickly crumbling down.
Aroma: full with fruit, alive with hops, but not too dynamic. I can get the honey, and the pear, but other darker fruit suggestion interject and overpower.
Taste: Some sweetness, but nicely balanced out, in fact, at the end, on the palate, rather dry. The pear flavor is delicate, but unmistakable, though, again, it hides under darker sensations. Hops continue to dance, sip after sip, dazzling and delectable, and that honeyish feel rides out on top, bright and tasty.
Body is medium, and the finish is light, rather brief, but not without itís rewards.
Oh my God! I just burped, and it came out completely pear! Seriously!
This is weird.
What an unusual brew, or as the label says "speciaalbier", it gets pearier and honeyier as we go, and suddenly this 33cl bottle is too little.
A nice, tasty treat from Belgium, try one if you can!