mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - AUG 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy yellow w/ off white head. yeasty aroma of citrus and cloves. sweet, full bodied w/ bitter aftertaste.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malt. yeasty aroma. A lot of mashed fruit smells. Cloudy brown/orange color with a thick white head. Sweet fruit fore then a very creamy cereal-like middle and a VERY malty finish. Odd flavor sequence, but this does taste good though the after taste makes me feel like I burped up this mornings Total Raisin Bran.
vanvenlo (1417) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
14 Jun 2005 - Sweet hoppy apricot fruit aroma. Cloudy light brown-orange colour, with a long lasting head and lacing. Light apricot fruit and big hop flavour. Too hoppy for me. Bitter dry hop finish, lingering fruit and medium mouthfeel. Overall, for the hop-hop freaks this may suit them, but for me this is ...’t gek en teve voor mij (to much of a crazy bitch for me).
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The chilled and gently handled bottle foamed over immediately upon opening. It poured an apricot colored cloudy beer with an ample rocky white head that dissipated quickly and settled to a nice small, thick foam that lasted throughout and left nice lacing on the glass. There were wonderfully rich aromas that presented themselves with significant notes of clove and orange. It had a medium body with significant carbonation and a slightly dry texture. The complex flavors began with a big fruity sweetness. As the flavor matured, some hop bitterness began to balance the malt sweetness and it began to dry out. The finish is quite long with a slight sweet dryness about it. The high alcohol content brings a lasting warmth to the finish as well.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Best Pour Ever. STarts out clear gold w/ a huge white rocky head. Head resides to leave a nice island in teh middle of the brew. On second look, beer is clear gold on the bottom, then gradually gets cloudier and light brown colored. Lots of swirling sediment. Nose is very yeasty and fresh with some light caramel and sweet sugary notes. Taste is big caramel up front then leads to some light hopps, yeast and grass notes. A stingy, refreshing feeling on the tongue leads to a slight alcohol warming throughout the entire mouth.
GregClow (2975) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bright gold with a large white head and lots & lots of small floaties. Big aroma of yeast, spice, oranges and band-aids. Soft mouthfeel. Flavour starts with light fruit notes, but turns warm & boozy, with a suprising little hop kick in the finish. As my tasting mates suggest, the alcohol could be brought down a notch or two, but it’s sill quite an interesting beer.
sunevdj (3461) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a big, long lasting head and a bit of sediment. A nice full aroma of fruit (citrus and abricot), and alcohol. Has a strong effect in the back of the throat (it might be good if you have a cough) Banana flavors (especially) in the finish. A very nice tripel.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & blankboy - courtesy of Harry. Dark yellow, small white head, lots of floaties. Bottle continued to foam out of the bottle , even as we half poured it and let it sit - weird. Strong alcohol in aroma. Slight citrus and light malt as well, but who am I kidding this was all alcohol. Taste was very strong as well. Surprisingly though, I thought it made a good effort to balance itself off and it became a very enjoyable beer as I sipped it (the last one of a 19 sample night). Some strong banana flavours emerged as well. Not overly complex, but a strong and tasty brew that I am having a hard time describing (not for the first time). Recommended, weird label, name, and all.
blankboy (6525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy yellow with some sediment, and an average to large white head. Mild fruity aroma with some citrus, yeast, spices and alcohol. First thing you notice in the flavour is the alcohol, it’s strong!, but at the same time it’s really tasty. A nice blend of hops, malt, fruit and spices that I enjoyed. If the alcohol was tamed down a bit more my rating would have been even higher, as it is I still recommend it.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - bottle from my stash. Poured a murky amber-yellow with a huge - huge - white foaming head. Aroma was banana, lemon-citrus - alcohol! - sharp yeast - alcohol! - some pine resin, papaya and ... alcohol. Taste is, of course, strongly, almost burningly alcohol, but after that dies down a bit, it follows the nose, with an added hint of chocolate toffee. Mouthfeel is sticky and alcoholic. This is probably a terrific Trippel under all of that booze, but the burn IS off-putting.