marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity citrus aroma, golden color with light cloudiness, flavor is lightly bitter, yeasty, with noticeable hops, lightly creamy on the palate, good.
SSSteve (3801) - - SEP 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy gold with a large white frothy head. earthy, citrus, grassy aroma. flavor is earthy herbal, grass, musty basement mildew, hops, lemon-lime. maybe a touch of marshmallow. not bitter, but hoppy. light-medium bodied. top-notch.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazed straw gold with minimal head. Nose is like dusty yeast. Flavor is dry. You get a musty yeast with minimal sugar presence. The profile comes and then drops fairly quickly. Feel is nice. Smooth with decent bubble. No unusual or odd or weird character. But the overall experience is damn good. Smooth and even. And I love the story posted on the label of the beer. Very much worth trying.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crown and cork. Pours a slightly tawnied yellow color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Superb head retenion reducing slowly to a silky canopy w/ a creamy spattered island in the middle. A fluffy ring makes it’s way around the glass. Aromas of brisk, earthy herbs and citrus rind. Modest effers w/ light nectar weight yet delivering strong flavors. Heavy citus rind hopping up-font w/ an herbal character that perists from start to finish. A defined lemony perfume essence is very enjoyble. This s a very refined style golden ale w/ the malty backbone taking it easy and letting the hop componenet run the show. The finish is bittered extremely w/ a peach pit essence leaving an almost metalic asprin scar. Overall: with the lack of effers and the light nectar this one actually delivers. The high hop rate actually supports the load and you don’t notice the lack of anything. It’s light, brisk, and very refreshing. It would satisfy any hop had to boot.
BigBeer45 (1265) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium gold with a little haze and faint honey orange-amber mixed in a Tulip, more pale golden orange in a trappist glass, a persistant fine foamy head, effervescent, lots of sticky lacing, a soft candy and faint honey sweetness, fruit and yeast aromas, malt aroma with pilsner malt in the background, floral fragrances, a great nose pleaser, sweet malt, faint orange-pear fruit and lemon citrus flavors,
faint spice-honey flavors here and there, real faint alcohol on the palate as it warms but did not distract from enjoying, light almost watery mouth feel, finish has a small bitterness on the tongue that is pretty dry, this would be nice on a hot Summer day, very pretty to look at and easy to drink, a little lighter then the other Blonde Ales I have had, the only minus was that it came across
as thin on the palate, otherwise a wonderful beer, I would recommend this one.
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle, 6 %. Orange color with creamy head. Sweetish and strong malty aroma with some fruitness, orange and toffee. More toffee and orange in the flavor with firm herbal hoppiness as well as worty and and grainy notes. Bittersweet finish. Very tasty!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a pleasure to drink. Fresh, bright, lively. Incredible nuance. Fruit, barnyard, leather, honey. World class mouth feel. Excellent balance.
TAR (2511) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden straw. Ornate stark-white head adorns the glass and entices the senses. Hop aromas are fragrantly herbal with oodles of honeysuckle and lemon zest qualities. Hints of musty yeast, cork, perspiration, and doughy Pilsner malt. Fluffy effervescence graces the palate. Juicily hoppy and bracingly grassy and herbal, initially, with a pinpoint snap of plasticy phenols. Brisk, crunchy and simultaneously-fluffy honeyish malt provides an elegant foundation, and the yeast, which sits atop, enriches things by coating the palate with a mild pistachio characteristic. Malt is extraordinarily deep, and its dusty hay-like malt textures cling to the filmy yeast which helps buoy the body. Highly appetizing flowery-hop softness. Extravagant beyond belief. Magical equilibrium of phenols, esters, hops, yeast, and malt. Notes of honeydew impart a soft slipperiness. Absolutely clean as a whistle, and the low alcohol never interferes with the vast array of subtleties. The core possesses just enough residual sweetness to complement the rich yeast. Lemony twang emerges as the temperature rises, and immediately beckons you for another large gulp. Dense hop backbone also lends a peppery sting which is augmented by the invigorating dryness and zippy phenols. Finishes remarkably well-integrated with a full but clean yeastiness, peach-fuzz bitterness, and a background sweetness reminiscent of dried pineapple. Juicy and peppery hops harmonize with the minty and aniseed dryness and accentuate the lingering Pilsner malt which is artfully extracted. Airy phenols, bright herbs, and honeysuckle exude with each burp. Hot diggety! If you are a lover of low-gravity Belgian blondes with a host of subtleties that seem to reveal themselves in a variety of ways with each sip, then you’ll adore this. This 750ml bottle certainly kept me entertained for 3+ hours. De la Senne is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours chalky golden copper body with a big white head. Bready sweet nose with fruity hints. Decent amount of European hops evident in the flavor. Finished sweet, sharp and slightly alcoholic. pretty nice brew.
jrt (62) - USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an oak-aged version of Zinnebir, labeled "Crianza 2006" at the top of the bottle. Like the regular Zinnebir, this is a very attractive blonde ale with a clean but satisfying mouthfeel and and a solid, dense head that retains its form very well. The smell is clean and hoppy, with notes of of farmhouse grains and funk.
The taste is very much the same, with a dominant golden yeastiness up front followed by a wonderful interplay between sweet, chewy malt and crisp, bright hop flavors. The clarity of flavor is still very "high definition", but this is a slightly more sweet and sturdy brew in comparison to the regular Zinnebir. With the oak aged Zinnebir, the trade off is that you lose a little of the perfect flavor transparancy for the density and richness the oak aging provides. I personally find it a worthwhile experiment, as the chewier, maltier character really compliments the otherwise clean and hoppy side of this beer. Check it out.
Earlier Rating: 2/19/2007 Total Score: 4.6
Excellent Beer! Pours a nice dark gold color with a dense meringue-like head, reminiscant of (if not as insanely thick as) Duvel. I can smell the yeast and a hoppy "grass" tang, but ,upon drinking, I am astonished at the incredible balance of flavor in this beer. It’s slightly hoppier than most Belgian blondes, but the first taste to register is the balance of sweet malts and golden yeast. Afterwards a tangy bite lingers. The mouthfeel is crip and light and this is a very refreshing beer. I think this beer should beer ranked substantially higher and I suspect the modest ratings have to do with the "session beer" abv% and the fact that a lot of serious beer drinkers desire brews that kick them in the face.
This beer, while certainly flavorful, is more of a ingeniously balanced thirst quencher than an in-your-face flavor bomb. Well done.