mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a lasting thin white head. There is a very faint aroma of green grape and yeast. The taste is fantastic - wonderful fruity sweet malt taste, light tart hops, and a wonderful warm aftertaste. Notes of grape, citrus (orange, grapefruit) and licorice and coriander. Body is chewy, carbonation excellent. An excellent, fresh tasting Belgian!
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep charneol colour. Sweet, fruity aroma with caramel, yeast and glue. Almondy backbone, with little licorice and nicely yeasty. Soft mouthfeel with good balance and lingering maltiness. Nice, elegant beer, not as bold as many Belgian Strong Ales.
littlehowtown (1) - USA - SEP 23, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my first rating, and it’s mostly because this beer was such a great surprise and the overall score here did it no justice.
Tasted in a Reidel Magnum
750 ml Bottle opened 09/22/07
The Local 1 pours golden. And I mean golden. After the haze from the chill wears off, it is crystalline in clarity, drawing you right in to it. It was almost a visual cue to let you know when the beer was getting to its shining temperature. It reminded me of my bourbon nights. I love watching the haze chill fall off bourbon. Pours with a good finger of creamy white head. No effervescence noticeable in the glass.
Aromas of yeasty ideas like clove and spice, a bit of quiet, sweet dough. Hints of apricots and a bit of pine. Nice balance, you want to keep putting your nose in the glass.
Flavors are a wonderful harmony. Like many traditional goldens, the yeast takes a big part of center stage, but it doesn’t overwhelm the palate, which has been my experience thus far with the style. You can taste the light toasty malts in there as well. Spiciness, dried apricots, finishes nicely dry, almost as the label says "dusted", it is a bit like a fine dry dust finish without much lingering. The effervescence is perfect. So fine and soft, the beer has a chance to talk. It is so well structured, you can feek the laboring that must have brought that balance.
Again, overall, a beautiful beer. One of my first thoughts was to go back to the store I found it and take their last bottle, and that happens seldom.
larsniclas (6337) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale golden with a alrge, white head.
Yeasty and grassy aroma.
Citrus and pomernace in the flavour with some American hoppiness. Yeasty like a wit-bier.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clouded straw gold with a huge white head. Nose is strong with yeast and a sugar tone. Just smelling it brings back memories of all the great Belgian brews I have had to this point in my beer journey. Flavor is superb. Put this in a plain bottle and no one would know it was out of Brooklyn I am willing to wager. Smooth and even sweetness with a noticable yeast influence. So well balanced and smooth. Unbelievable. Feel is as good as everything else has been to this point. Smooth and with a great level of bubble on the tongue. Drinkable to the worlds joy and detriment. I immediately just wanted to go back and get more.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden and hazy with nice head retention and lacing. Aroma is herbal and floral with citrus and sugar. Flavour is full of citrus and herbs with a light undertone of sugar and malts. A touch thinner as it finishes. Touch of spice as it warms. Yeasty throughout.
jason (1749) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours a clear golden body with nice head. aroma is of spices, banana, cloves, yeast. Flavor is smooth, perfumed spices. Nice palate. Really reminded me of Duvel, in fact I think it would be hard to decide which is which in a blind tasting.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber body with large white head..aroma of massive yeast, citrus hops, spice..flavor of yeast, breads, circus peanut..finishes nice and fruity...not bad
JPDIPSO (5152) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow straw color with a hugh billowy off-white head. Lots of effervescence present. Floral hops and light malt present in the aroma along with some lime and dust old barn scent. Somewhat interesting, but nothing really caught my interest. Effervescence everywhere in the palate, that makes the thickness seem to float away. Slight Duvel qualities, but not the finesse. Citric hops bite in the middle and lead to a dry herbal bitter finish that also has a dusty pollen-like character. Linger returns to some pale malt. Quite assertive at times. Lots of things to keep the mind occupied, but not enough pleasant ones to make it truly pleasurable.
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at LCRBM3. Hazy gold with thin white head. Lovely tangerine aroma. Supposed to be a saison. Light, blond, wheaty and refreshing. Not overly aggressive.