KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a surprisingly dense amber with a nice healthy head of white. Aroma is a touch of candied roasted malt with just a touch of nutty strawberry. Flavor is a melted haystack pureed with copper pennies and roasted nuts. Very thin flavor character that simply dies on the palate. No pizazz, no real incentive to drink more than one.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Despite my general displeasure with Blue Moon labeled beers, I felt it worth the price of a single to try this one. Sadly, my instincts, overly friendly after years of not drinking Blue Moon, were faulty. This is a misguided effort. I really don’t understand the point of a beer like this. It lacks the flavors to put it at the level of the mass produced craft beers (i.e. Sam Adams, etc.). But it also lacks the inexpensive quality of your BMC type beers. Personally, I’d rather have a Coors Light than this. I’d pay less, it wouldn’t taste much worse, and I’d not be disappointed by the misleading use of the word "Belgian" on the label. This is wholly inadequate. It’s more akin to that Budweiser "American Ale" than anything worthy of being called a Belgian beer.
The appearance, without question, is the highlight here, earning middle of hte road marks. It’s a decent copper color, with a respectable if quickly fading head. The nose is also reasonable...it hints at Belgian characteristics of yeast and spice. But this only serves to raise my expectations. Flavor...I’m still waiting for it to arrive. There’s just very little flavor, here. I’d call it mediocre if it danced on my palate long enough to leave an impression. As is, there’s little here deserving of comment. The highlight? I only bought a single. Thank the Lord.
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not really a BAD beer. Just not real exciting. Nice copper color, decent flavor, a bit fruity, but just average.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from BevMo! Dark amber to copper colored body. The head was slightly off white. The aroma was light orange peels and hazelnuts. A taste of light orange peel was mixed with a little bit of salty leather. There were also some light hints of mango in the finish.
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer smells great coming out of the bottle, but found it a bit downhill from there. Appearance is very nice, actually looks like a good pale ale. The spiciness and fruitiness in the aroma is only negligible after the initial pour. Flavor is a bit unbalanced, sweet malt somewhat overpowers the citrusy flavor underneath, sweet smoothness of a belgian ale is still evident in the finish.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks great, smells greats, taste is average. Sweet and yeasty, mostly watered down though.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper body with a thin white head that had some lacing but not much. Aroma had nice biscuit notes but thats it, no real fruit notes or any other malt notes to it for that matter. Flavor had some fruit to it and some bread notes, it was very watered down.
jjkuck10 (66) - , Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orage-copper color with cream-white head. Fruity, gain, grass flavor. Good beer.
decaturstevo (5696) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity aroma with a hint of evergreen hops. Orange pour with a creamy white head and lace. Medium malt, Belgian yeast, and a medium light bitter. Decent carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty solid drinkable beer.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... Clear, deep golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The mostly fruity aroma also provides notes of toffee and honey. Light to medium-bodied. Unbalanced. Nice biscuity flavor, but a little too sweet for me. Finishes sweet with toffee and honey lingering on. Not offensive at all, but there’s nothing “Belgian” about this beer. I didn’t pick up any of the hibiscus or orange peel - of course, my neighborhood has hibiscus all over the place and I have yet to pull any aroma from it - so take that for what it’s worth. However, to me, this beer is much more reminiscent of an amber ale or English pale ale than anything at all within the Belgian family of styles. Thanks to Kevin for giving me this bottle at my 40th birthday party in Morgantown, WV!