bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours clear copper with a creamy, transient beige head. Aroma is floral/citrus with some subtle caramel backing. Med body. Flavor is more floral than anything else, with a little sweet caramel. Some citrus in the finish. Which is more malty than not.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ hotel room. Orange pour with a white head. Kind of grassy. Pale malt, some herbs, yeast, and a touch of citrus peel. Light lemon and spices. Flavor is bread, pale malt, grass, and light spices. Hints of herbs, pepper, and lemon peel.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle drank on the Metro North railway on my journey into Manhattan. Pours perfectly clear copper with a fine, white foam head. Bready malt nose with generic ripening fruits. Light to medium sweet flavor with a character defined mostly by bready malts, hints of toasty dough, soft caramel notes, slight bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with more basic, bready malts, faint leafy hops, some lightly dried caramel, doughy brown bread. Simple beer but fine overall.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lating creamy amber head. Aromas of bread, light carmel and light floral notes. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, spice and light hibiscus with a smooth lingering spiced finish.
adnielsen (7586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at RJs Fort Collins. Pours a clear, dark orange appearance with a thin tan head. Somewehat herbal grassy hoppy, orange citrusy, spicy, slight bready aroma. Tangy, somewhat zesty floral, citrus peel, toasted bready flavor with a bit low carbonation. Bleh.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. This is probably an alias, but rating it just in case. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of, well, not much. Faint caramel and wheat. The taste is bready malts, nutty notes, stone fruits, a salty note and mild raisin and hops. Medium bodied.
shrubber85 (6510) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Light orange and barley malt aroma. Amber with nice off-white head. Very light barley malt and tin flavor. Mild bitter orange peel finish. Nothing here - couldnít even be considered a passable Belgian Ale for someone who considers Stella Artois to be the acme of Belgian brewing.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aficionados long ago dubbed Blue Moon an impostor cooked up by a megabrewer to exploit the explosive growth of artisanal beer. Pours copper with a white head. Smells of perfume, some sweet hints, earthy. Tastes of some sweet malt, Belgian yeast, some peppery spicy notes on the finish. Decent alternative to Leffe.
blutt59 (5913) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottled, amber color with some white foam, aroma and flavor has some malty graham crackers, metallish finish, ok
Ernest (5910) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, malt syrup), lightly to moderately hoppy (stale apricot), with a note of shoe rubber.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation.
Belgian? Howís that now? I donít get any Belgian character out of this at all. Itís like a poorly made, extract homebrew-ish, overly sweet English strong ale, stale hops and all. Dumb and aimless.