BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real pale, pear like color, generous foam. Aromatic medicinal aroma preceeds appley and peppery spice flavor. Lighter than other Belgian greats but still packs some complexity.
Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressive balance for a Belgian. Not too tart, but fruity, with a hefty yeast profile. Excellent bottle, crystal white head and slightly cloudy. Aroma was very smooth. Buttery, non-biting aftertaste. Good carbonation profile.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice fruity golden ale with a big head. Well balance malt and hops and very easy to drink
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very weak for a belgian....decent flavor up front but nbothing to back it up...run of the mill. I would expect a belgian from a brewpub to taste like this.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Weak smell, hoppy, slightly strongish taste. Didnít like the aftertaste at all.
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 (2826) - 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 (2360) - 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.