pivo (2540) - GERMANY - JAN 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m a fan of the De Dolle Brouwers and this beer lived up to my expectations. Spicy, clovey nose; hazy orange color; tall foamy, rocky head with carbonation that doesn’t quit. Round up front with a chalky dry finish. Full body and big aggressive taste (what I like about these beers).
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was a little strange drinking this Easter beer with Christmas but ok. Another example of very good brewing by de Dolle. Citrus aroma. Golden, large white head, good lace. Light sweet, citrus flavors, hopbitter, medium body. Little alcohol burn in the finish. I must admit that I had to get used to it, but than I started to like it more and more.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
MMh, pepper and salami nose. Orange with a medium frothy head. Smokey and bitter but you can also taste the canesugar and honey oút of it. Nice.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm. This one has such lively spice and Belgian candy sweetness. A hell of a lot of fun in this trippel. Perfect amount of carbonation buoys the sweetness beautifully. Top notch.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a most attractive white foam, which leaves behind gorgeous lacework. Extremely refined aroma yielding mostly dough and brie, and undernotes of perfume, honey, alcohol, candied pale malts, and fresh green floweriness. Flavors include candied malt, strong alcohol, floral tones, and some band-aid. Great job with the bottle conditioning; the palate is amazingly soft and velvety with very small bubbles that massage the tongue. The alcohol and sweetness are a bit overwhelming at times. Otherwise, this is a serious Belgian and one step from being nearly perfect.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 simple formation of floaters..nice frothy head atop of cloudy..yet lumpy..orange..
aroma was a pinch of sugar coated orange peels and over zelous malts.
grain and wheat onslaught with banana spice...did i say spicy..hefe, what..hefe what??? De Ja vu...spicy bananas..complexity exceeding the average americanos..but..BuRp!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of the few Belgian pale beers that is just so damn good that I have to give it a great rating. The head on this beer is bigger than any I have ever seen. The color is a hazy orange and the taste has to many subtle complexities that it is amazing. Just try this beer and find out for yourself how great it is.
SteC (130) - Oostende, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very interesting beer, initially bitter, more honey tastes later on, an more fruity.
Ernest (5610) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Bottle, Gent, Hopduvel, May 2005. Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, cookie), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of honey, banana, pineapple, pepper, clove, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A honey-rich concoction complete with all of the De Dolle character you know and love. Delicious.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
All the DeDolle beers are worth seeking out. Ignore the weird comments about kerosene from the makers. Maybe they need a marketing consultant?
This beer has the usual outrageous head which causes a lengthy pour gradually subsiding to a nice creamy 1/4 head if you’re patient. Aromas are of mellow hops, smooth and subtle, and chocolate. Sweet, fruity, chocolate-accented flavor with some spiciness and citric - with complex yeast characteristics, nice malt/hop balance. Rustic, woody, reminiscent of Trappists Westy and Rochefort in some way (je ne sais pas) though way lighter. Color is a nice orange yellow.