Wim (3274) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 blond coloured sparkelend body with a white head a yeasty hoppy fruity aroma a yeasty hoppy fruity bitter taste with a dry bitter finish
ClarkVV (4576) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best Before 2007 750mL bottle drunk on 5/26/07
Thankfully pale malts donít oxidize as quickly and/or poorly as dark ones do because here is yet another example of my previous infatuation with aging beers gone bad. I waxed the cap, so Iím thinking that helped lock in some carbonation, and certainly this was well-carbonated with a fluffy white head. But it just seemed tired, with lots of dustiness and a fair amount of vanillin.
Though, itís interesting to note that perhaps giving a beer a few years really allows you to see what itís made of. Fresh Belgian strong goldens are (usually) quite liberally hopped and so full of overt phenols/esters that you cant get the full story of the malt intricacies. Or maybe thatís just a bunch of schlock. Either way, I know this would have been quite different fresh. Very sugary, with lots of honey and sweet cookie dough, it has a fair amount of breadiness with a trailing esteriness (heavy banana and peach, some nectarine). Carbonation is mostly tight, but there is a bit of looseness near the finish. Aroma has some powderiness and lots of adjunct sugar apparency hiding behind the big ester bouquet. Surprisingly still spicy (white pepper and coriander) despite there being no spice addition.
Iíll probably score it for how it was in this aged condition. Iíd imagine that fresh, it must be very sweet (itís quite sweet as is here) so that would probably balance the extra points Iíd give it for a more presumed bright flavor/aroma. No alcohol noted.
madsberg (11018) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Fluffy off white head. Citric, fruity, yeasty and spiced aroma. Flavour is yeasty and fruity. Has some spicy notes. Is quite bland. Medium bodied. Ends on a fruity light spiced note.
goozen (3555) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0,75ltr: Hazy blond brew thats has more of a Tripel-brew, some sweetness, hints of coriander taste.
HenrikSoegaard (12044) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Fantastic hoppy flowerycomplex aroma. Alas not so grteat flavor. Moderate bitter. Very acetic bitter finish. Creamy palate. Not my favorite.
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 75 cl. Golden to darkblond color, with a big white head. Aroma is fruity, yeast. Flavour hops, malts, somewhat yeasty. Medium body. Taste is very good bitter yeasty, sweet aftertaste, and dry.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Sim rate (bottle from ZBF): Corriander in the aroma. Smells tripely. Hoppy and malty. Not much special about it. Slightly watery with almost no finish.
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a golden amber with white head. The aroma was citrus and hoppy. The taste was bitter citrus fruit that continued through the finish.
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy blond yellow/orange with a fine white head. Fruity malty yeasty aroma. Fine filling body and a taste of fruits (orange/citrus) easy sweet. Nice light bitter finish. Great!
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy blond coloured, little carbonation, with a large white head. Fruity aroma. Full palate, somewhat yeasty. Finish is fruity, bitter yeasty. Very nice brew.