AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
RE-RATE: Rich-looking brown pour fading into a clean amber. Chewy mouthfeel. strong apple in the smell and taste. This would be a good everyday beer...onot too complex but still damn good. Slight bit of tobacco flavor in the finish.
ORIGINAL RATING 8-4-8-4-15 4/14/2002: Fruity, hoppy taste. Pretty average as far as Belgians go.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had this on tap ordered as "bolleke"...lovely burnished copper brightness, fresh aroma. nice spiced baked apple flavor. quite tasty.
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Another seemingly overrated Belgian Ale. The appearance is pleasant enough--healthy bronze hue and a bit over-carbonated with a ring of big bubbles on top. The smell is redolent of the HoH rainforest: damn pine with a prickle of urine. Despite, this initial reaction, I resumed my investigation. The body is of damp pine, watery, insubstantial mouthfeel with a little twinge on the bacl of the palate that instantly subsides. The body is reminiscent of busch beer--this beer is like a belgian ale meets american standard. No wonder why this stuff was so modestly priced.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Certainly not impossible that my sample was touched in some way; but I had it on tap at the Map Room, an establishment known for the quality of its service and beer-keeping; so... this was pretty bad. Like a second-rate Orval, all bitterness and dryness but little real flavor. Decent aroma and body, nice head, but this was really hard to put down. Luckily better brews were in store for me..
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RE-rate:Love this stuff, spicy, peppery, with a dry yeast character, on the drier side of the scale, silkTork is totally right, this stuff grows on you, bigtime, and i reckon its great from the bottle, aswell as the tap, very Belgian. Makes me want to go back to Antwerp.
SilkTork (5123) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 Sept, 2002. Pasteurised bottle. This is a strange bastard - lager with a tea bag? Mmmm. Made with pilsner ingredients and then lagered it should be a lager - Vienna style perhaps. But the yeast that Van den Bogaert keeps a secret ferments at a higher temperature than other lagers, thus producing a very unique ale. The triple application of the Saaz hops also adds an extremely fragrant and loooooong finish. Itís a strange beast indeed this ale - the slightly heady and honey sweet nose is in marked contrast to the light and subtle body, and is light years away from that dry and delicious finish. I didnít like this at first. I was confused about what I was drinking. I had heard that it was only good on draught in Antwerp. I was prepared to sweep it aside. Subsequent tastings, however, have been better. The hops have grown on me. [3.0]
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A beer with a nice amber color but almost no head. It has a nice but not recognicable aroma, it reminds me a little of Brooklyn Lager. It has a nice rounded sweet flavor of good malt blend - Iíll guess it contains some Munchner malt. It ends of on a very slightly bitter note - of a great tasting hop. An OK beer.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably better on tap, but the bottle isnít so bad either. Has a cider quality to it. Must admit Iím not the biggest belgian fan, but this is okay.
eczematic (1307) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I agree with Caesar, this one is fantastic on tap. Really crappy in the bottle though. Drink it in Antwerp! rerate 9/02: well itís not that astounding but itís still subtly toasty and nutty and well balanced and goes down nicely on an outdoor seat in an antwerp pub.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20