heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 Rerate, 750 mL bottle. The quality seems so much higher in the 750s than in the 330s. Bread and what seems to be a chalky flowery hop aroma. Very different hop presence than either the noel or the xx bitter. Fairly bitter, rather light on the tongue, with a caramel sweet touch. Finishes rather dry and hoppy again. The weakest link in the De Ranke line. Most breweries would be lucky to have this be their weakest link.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sparkling and speckled orange color. The nose is very fruity and yeasty with slight citrus notes. Lightly tart impressions as well. The body is spritzy, but not in a bad way, with a light tartness. Citrusy and yeasty with a sweet maltiness at the end. Comes together well.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light tan, hazy. Aroma of pear, nutmeg, cumin, pepper, very light malt-derived caramel. Vinous (merlot, I think, but I'm not a wine guy) palate. Caramel, chocolate chip cookies, flowery notes. Yeasty, sweet finish. Zippy carbonation normally bothers me, but in this case it really carries the beer over the palate well.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh yea baby this beer has more stuff floating around in than the Salt River at flood stage? Not sure that’s a great description, but I personally like beers with a lot of dross. The pour an amphibological yellowish-orange color, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the resultant lace a nice covering of the glass. Yeast, sweet malt, hints of orange peel, and a real treat to the senses with a start that is ambrosial and loaded with malt, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a desirous hop spicy bite, the acidity is spiteful and the aftertaste quite dry and lasts for a least a lustrum, and well worth a sample for the Belgiphiles in the audience.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very cloudy, orangish light amber color with a medium sized, lingering white head. The aroma strongly fruity with touches of grapefruit and yeast. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is smooth and ver refreshing with touches of spice and citrus fruits. The finish is lingering sweet with malts and banana. I think I need to move to Belgium.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blond beer with a small head. The aroma is sweet hop and some fruit. Slightly sweet start. Spicy bitter taste with a long bitter aftertaste. A fresh and well balanced beer.
caesar (4621) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy golden color, thick creamy foam. Cheesy, spicy aroma. Citrus taste, spicy, watery sirupy. Lasting palate, slightly alcoholic.
bierkoning (9754) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Malty, peppery apricot aroma. Malty, alcoholic flavor with apple and apricot. Good lacing. Strong, alcoholic Belgian ale lacking somewhat in taste (2.9).
Re-rate: Hops, vinegar and mustard in the aroma. Hoppy flavor, flowery, touch of mustard. Oily. A touch (but just a touch) of sweetness. Hopbitter, oily aftertaste. Some peach. Rough but nice.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Moan & Dove Amherst, MA: Dark gold colour. Big white head. Nose of bananas, spices, yeast, light fruit. Very nimble on the palate. Every sip enlightening with pears, bubblegum, band-aid, spices. Light to medium bodied, creamy, nice carbonation, finishing dry and comfortably bitter. This is one of those you could drink all day from the tap. I sure hope another keg is gonna be sent to Amherst!
skortila (4311) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy, typical tripel aroma, bit sour, citrus. cloudy orange golden colour, head doesn't last. Taste is moderate sour, spicy and refreshing, very typical triple. More bitter palate, nice mouthfeel. Good brew.