crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wasnít really expecting to like this very much, because itís a strongly carbonated pale ale, and Iím a dark ale fan who prefers minimal carbonation. But I like this stuff. It has a pleasantly refreshing quality, and its flavor and aroma have a balance that seems missing in most other pale Belgian ales Iíve had. It is fruity, but not too fruity. And it has the best head Iíve ever encountered on a Belgian ale; light, fluffy, and lasting, without being monstrously huge. I probably wonít drink this often, since for all its merits, it is still a pale Belgian, and Iím just not that much into pale Belgians. But it is a high-quality beer nevertheless.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden, little head, not bitter, somewhat tart, rather drinkable but not exciting to me. I prefer the Corsendonk Brown a tad, but this is still quality beer! To be tried!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Very, very nice. The clove smell/taste was just right, not too much. The other tastes in there were phenomenally balanced, and it is light in feel but not watery, not champagne-y like a dubbel I had recently. I can see now what Bell's Sparkling Ale is trying to accomplish, and they have a unique take, but this beer is something special. For the first time I can taste the woodiness (oak, pine) that is often mentioned, and the bandage aroma. I was hoping the fruitiness wouldn't be too great and it wasn't. Thanks Ratebeer.com, for turning me on to this! The yeasty end was the best.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe itís because I was drinking it with Dogwoodís summer brew (which is as subtle as a pipewrench to the head, but beautiful in its own way), the subtleties of this beer really caught my attention. A rich, delicate, and carefully crafted mixture of yeast, honey, soft fruits, gentle hops, and ginger/lemonpepper spices. Did I mention itís beautiful as well? A huge, whipped cream extravaganza of a head over pale gold. The head reminds me of the windswept ice along Lake Michigan in the heart of winter, but this beer has springís flowery soul. You raters who have had light Belgians you like better are lucky folks. Thanks, aracauna!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of malt, yeast and citrus. Golden amber, huge head, lots of carbonation. Hoppy and sweet, almost like a witbier, hint of pineapple. Good tongue tingle (like a triple) A very fine ale.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great beer to enjoy at any occasion. The hoppy fruitness is smooth with a nice unpretentious finish. This beer certainly lives up to the reputation of the Corsendonk dynasty.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cluody,slight hop presence,citrus notes.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 5, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I guess that I would have liked this better on a hot summer day. It has almost a champagne-like fizziness that I just didnít like. I wasnít too impressed. I must say, however, that I couldnít detect the 7.5% ABV
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Deep yeasty aroma with oranges, pine and hay. Re-rate 3/whole month/02: Foolish jakeb42 left a 4 pack in my fridge. I didnít let the coldness daunt me and slowly warmed them up by going outside, a few hours later to the cellar and then after a day into a tulip glass. I bet any champagne drinker would like this. Worth every penny. Re-rate 3/2/2: 11.2 oz bottle; Huge fruit nose, orange/peach. Make sure you get the yeast evenly through it. Excellent.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tremendous Abbey pale Ale... delicate & dry with a wonderful hop character.