Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am rating a bottle that was bought in March of 1998 and has been cellared since then. Small gusher; lost about 20% after cork was removed. Hazy yellow body with a one finger thick foamy white head. Nose is sour-at fist I hought that this one had gone bad. Taste is really, really layered. The first and strongest taste to come through is smoke. There is a strong taste of roasted malts. Along with that there is banana, clay, oak, apple/pear, very light pepper and clove, and a very low key hop flavor. There is layer upon layer of flavor here. I do not get the acidity, metal tastes, or citrus that others have described. This is very mellow and nice. From reading others descriptions, I can only asume that the age in this beer has manifested itself in the woody/oaky/smokey and mild taste.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice cloudy yellow with a fluffy head into it’s matching glass. Rather light aroma of lemon, yeast, alcohol. Smooth and poppin on the tongue. Malty tastes up front with the Belgian yeast features up front with obvious banana notes and some citrus. A hoppy dry finish for this one. A very nice departure from the other belgians I’ve had.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: slightly cloudy, palish-gold color, with a slight, faint white head.
Sharply aromatic, big, fruity hops (peach, apricot, orange).
Great, big, buzzing blitz on the tongue, mellowing soon, but returning with each and every return to the lips.
Nicely balanced, good, yet light body, very sweet, a bit sophisticated, quite tasty, all in all, a lovely Belgian pale ale, though far from the side of spectactacular. (But, who’s holding that against it?)
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a hazy golden with off white head. aroma citrus, yeasty, fruity. floral, hops.flavor a strange citrus like grapfruit orange and lime mixed together with a touch of apple, not to bad a nice bitterness as it warmed the flavor just got better
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light pear taste, a bit metallic, very smooth... soft and amber with a great head. Nice, very nice
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow body with an impressive head. Aroma is malty with lots of fruit. Flavor is acidic with a bitter finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours with a hazy body and short, quick head; aromas of spice, pears, lemons, and inflorenscence; mild, sweet flavor with notes of orange and perfumey spiciness;, a little metallic; smooth, creamy palate; overall a pretty mild trip with well hidden alcohol
guzzler67 (1647) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden appearance with a larger than average head. Yeasty, fruity aroma. Smooth, soft fruit taste with suggestions of peach, pear and apple. Near perfect carbonation (had on tap), with a slightly tart, long lasting finish.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Belgian tripels are not my thing but this was very pleasant. Nice balance and not too herbal/floral. Still wouldn’t drink it without food.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a whole lot to say here...poured hazy gold with a rich tripel head...smells yeasty with a hint of citrus...light in the mouth with hints of sweetness...good, but a little bland...