urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I haven't any doubt this is an old sample. Head disappers without a trace. Body is littered with yeast flotsam (which I will excuse, given its age). Flavor is very nice indeed, like the aroma, full of rich malt. Palate is strangely watery. If you think of this as a chugging Belgian, you'll dig it. Simple, direct and pretty fun.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer. Very well balanced with that Belgian character that people either love or hate. An industry standard. Wish we had industry standards like this in the USA.
Variety (28) - BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has to be one of my favourite draughts for regular drinking. Malty with a pleasant fruity tone. Rich amber colour and an off-white head. Eminently drinkable.
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colour with very little head, can't seem too get much aroma from this,didn't like the malt (thought it was sweaty and rhubarb)in this at first but then I got used to it.
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light brown with little head. Sour nose with hints of pear and apple. Initial taste is sour, which quickly mellows. Resiny throughout, this Belgian Ale finishes quietly, almost fading away. Hops do not play a large part in this beer, taking a back seat to the sweet/sour/maple? mix. A bit thinner than most Belgians I've had, but in a drinkable enticing fashion.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good maltiness, sweet and not overpowering. Fruity, pears, cotton candy. Golden amber clear with off-white lacing head. Low carb with med-heavy watery body. Taste is sweet and musky. Alcohol, yeast, malt. Low hops. Fruity. Finish has slight bitter, wheat-like. After is bitter-sweet.
badgerben (4540) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Cellar, St. Andrews. Dark gold color. Smells and tastes of spices. Much better than average, very lovely.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 Pours clear dark amber with small off-white head. Good lacing though. Slightly sweet spicy hop aroma with a hint of dark fruits there. Lovely smooth medium mouthfeel. Initial sweet malt taste with a mild bitter middle and dry bitter finish. Aftertaste is bitter yet sweet, almost slightly tangy, with a hint of spice too. Quite tasty. Not as complex as other belgians but very quaffable! Rerate: More plum and rasins in aroma this time. Palate wasnt as full this time either. Finish quite thin. Lost a point on palate, gained one on aroma.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with an off-white head; typical "Belgian" aroma (which I perceive as a spicy-floral, fruity, musty-leathery complex of aromas); med-dry maltiness with a mild fruitiness and low key hop bitterness; medium bodied. A refreshing, lower gravity Belgian ale that I like to have when my palate is maxed out on the bigger varieties but still craves the flavor.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer was ok, fairly standard for a Belgian pale ale style. Nice and easy drinking, but nothing to make me feel like I needed another one. I quickly moved on to a duvel that I saw on the menu, you should too.