Habanero (4130) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours hazy golden with a huge, white head. The aroma is of yeast, light malt and citrus fruit. The flavour is sweet and slightly malty with notes of yeast, apricot, corriander and other spices. Creamy texture. Medium bodied. The finish is dry with some hop bitterness.
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Had one or two other belgian strongs from De Dolle and its never left a good impression with me. Maybe it’s just because my palate has not developed enough to appreciate them. Anyway, I enjoyed this one much more. Pour is clear golden-orange with large, retaining, white head. A beautiful looking belgian. Aroma is dry, with yeast and slight malt notes. Flavor is spicy at first, then turns more sour and tart (one of the reasons i really like this) and a little bit hoppy. While the aroma kind of turns me off, the flavor/palate has much to offer. A nice surprise.
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33 cl bottle at The Rover in Gothenburg) Clear golden color, huge white head. High CO2-level. Sour Belgian ale scent. Rather bitter taste, Belgian after taste. Full mouth feel and medium high bitterness.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Insane head. Hazy orange. Nose is primarily yeast, perhaps some spice/herb (probably from hops). Alcohol is quite noticeable, hop bitterness very present. Would drink again.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2016 Bottle purchased and sampled summer ’06. The beer rushes into my glass in an explosion of thick white foam that dwarfs the golden liquid beneath. The aroma is somewhat sour with aspects of a dry, fruity white wine, hints of mushroom and pear and pineapple sorbet. The flavor is intensely spicy, pepper and coriander and peppermint atop soft apple fruitiness that turns a corner early on into a bitter hop finish steeped in rich wood. Along the way, we get the citrus bitterness of grapefruit pith, glorious yeast flavors unfolding like a medicinal herb garden on a dusty summer afternoon, and as bitter the hop finish fades, an apricot nectar sweetness settles over the tongue leaving its final impression.
This spicy, hoppy golden Belgian style was not the easiest for me to appreciate, but this beer is wonderful and it gets better with every sip. I completely understand how this one gets 4.5+ ratings from many of the most developed palates on the site.The mouthfeel is vibrant and lively on the tongue without being prickly, neither too thin nor too sticky, just right on the mark. Wow. I’d like to try this one with a few years of age on it. 8/4/8/5/16=4.1.
Revisit 9/23/2013. Upon reading the above I immediately thought "What a load of horse shit! What a pompous ass I was." But upon tasting the beer, most of what I wrote in the descriptor is actually pretty reasonable. Pours just as described into my Orval chalice. A good choice for it is indeed Orvalesque though with a sweeter pear-juice thing going on. Extremely drinkable, a perfect 5 for mouthfeel, sparkly and neither to thick nor too thin on the tongue, leaves me wanting another and unwilling to switch to something else (except maybe Orval). The next paragraph of the original rating is a bit embarassing, but whatever. It’s darn easy to appreciate now -- it’s just damn good. And of course I no longer see any reason to try it with a few years on it, but that’s true of 99% of beers. Overall, the rating stands. I could even bump as high as 8/4/9/5/17=4.3. I’ll split the difference.
Revisit 9/15 Fuck yeah this is a 4.3 at the very least. Insanely good beer. It is very hard for me to imagine anything topping this. The oerbier that followed it just wasn’t close (though complex and fascinating in its own way). I’m knocking this up to 4.4
Revisit 9/16Well, I guess every summer I try an arabier and follow it with an oerbier. Sooner or later I’ll learn to stop buying the oerbier and just buy two arabiers. Whatever. Same test, same result. Yep, 4.4. Arabier fucking rules.
And I suppose I have to quote the incomparable krisbierjaeger’s reivew of this one to close. "A body like sophia loren’s-- if she’d belonged to the world gym and worked out five days a week. full and taut, a very notable cross-over."
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Insanely large white head covers a slighly hazy golden body. (I poured into a glass that holds a pint and had one finger of beer, the rest of foamy head... after a while I got a bit more in.) Aromas are fruity and floral. Coriander and cloves cover the spicy aspect of things. Yeast and bread are lurking in the background. If you fight your way through all of the foam, in addition to the frothy-looking mustache you now support on your upper lip there is a notably alcoholic warmth and a sweet/sour balance that covers the fruit and malt and spice. Nicely balanced, although there is a bit more alcoholic burn than I expected from 7%. There is also an earthy/wood (oak?)flavoring that helps the beer finish.
Borup (12088) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy colour with a very fluffy head. Fruitly aroma and with sour and bitter flavour in the end.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy/cloudy orange/brown beer, thick creamy white head. Spritzy carbontion. Oaky aroma, a bit of acetic tartness and very rich maltiness. Plums, cherries, slightly vineous aroma. Quite bready with notes of vanilla and balsamic vinegar. Great aroma. Creamy rich body. Flavour is good, but not quite as complex as the aroma suggested. Still has some lovely plumminess, light pepper, flavour of sweet malts, cherries, spicy slightly chewy yeast. Some lighter peach/apricot notes as well. Rich sweetness, oak and vanilla. Some rum and bready malts with restrained funk as well. Awesome.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad one here, a bit slack on the tongue almost sour. Nice golden color, full malt nose.
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a translucent, semi-dark golden with an offwhite, frothy head. smells of gentle fruit (apricots, quince) and earth. great taste of semi-sweet fruit, bready yeast. sweet but not at all overpowering. excellent.