jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl. bottle. Hazy golden with an enormous white frothy head that wouldn’t go away. Aroma of apricots, lemons and pepper. Flavor starts off mildly sweet before turning somewhat dry on the finish. Lots of tropical fruit and spices. Strange mouthfeel that I can’t describe but takes a little away from the enjoyment. Nice though.
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy golden, foaming head. Complex fruity aroma, bananas, maybe persimmon. Spicy yeasty finish. Nice combo of strong belgian funky flavors, complexity and drinkable soft body. Refreshing even.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 33cl bottle. Served in my NB Worthy glass. Blond in color with a healthy sized, fluffy, white head.The aroma is yeast, lemon, pepper?, spicy as all get out. The taste is amazingly complex, it is creamy, at first, with an almost lactose character that makes it taste (and feel) like whipped cream. The next wave of taste is yeast, with hints of flour, before morphing into a fiery, spicy, lemony finish that knocks your socks off. I know, now, why that bunnies freakin eyes are popping out of his skull, on the bottle. Pretty tasty.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2006 "A" on the cap? Pours hazy orange/copper/gold with a permanent, mountainous, white rock formation for a head. Nose of pungent past ripe fruits, wet grass, herbal/floral perfume, alcohol, sugar. Flavor adds a base of sweet malt, some crisp hops, earthy funk, all of the above, and a dry, floral, yeasty finish. Medium/full, well balanced palate. Great brew.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On opening this beer smells immediately like one of the better beers I’ve rated in a while. Looks quite ordinary with a seriously hazy amber colour and a large sudsy white head that lasts for a while, but it still appeals because of the . . . . aroma, which is light barnyard and vegetable yeasty, light grain and medium fruity floral nectar hops and a litle bit band aidy as it warms. I just love the spicy honey sweet fruity start to this beer which is a tad short before revealing medium drying bitterness hops which lingers for some time. I didn’t really get the alcohol much until the very end. Not my fave De Dolle but still pretty drinkable. I always give these guys a bonus mark or two in the overall because they are at least trying to do something interesting and new in the Belgian beer scene.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
06.11.05 330ml bottle thanks to footbalm. Dark and clouded amber with fading white head of foamy suds (or sudsy foam?). Lace is sporadic but coating where it sticks. Aroma is peaches, anise, orange, and dried tropical fruits. It certainly has the De Dolle house character. Flavor is sweet with more dried fruits, tropical trail mix, some floral honey. Astringent to finish, chalky even, despite very full body. Alcohol really comes through in the end. Thanks Eric!
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet, spicy Easter blonde. The abv on the current version has dropped to 7%. Poured a cloudy unfiltered honey colour with a rocky 3cm lacing head. Good head retention. Sweet- sour yeasty aroma has a nose-prickling sherbety quality. Bubblegum notes, lemony hops and a hint of the native honey. Smooth, syrupy palate, lightly carbonated, with a glorious warming finish. Lots of upfront sweet malt and honey, then a spicy middle before that rather tart, dry finish. At room temperature, it seemed a fraction cloying - might benefit from being served a few degrees cooler. (33cl bottle, International Beer Shop, Perth, best before May 06)
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite De Dolle beer. Great full bodied sugary, spicy malt flavor. Warms the soul as it goes down. A beer I wish i could drink everyday.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy bright amber color. foamy off-white head that goes quickly. aromas of white grapes, raisins, honey, and syrupy malt scent. very high carbonation. sweet malt flavor, very juicy. fizzy, tart, and tangy like orange peel with spices. lightly bitter/dry finish.
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a yellow color with a moderate head. The aroma is primarily lemons and alcohol. Upon first taste the alcohol was the first thing I notice. Beyond that I got lemons, honey, and some spices. Overall a fairly well crafted beer.