aracauna (3187) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear gold with a rather large head. The aroma is like spicy cider. Thin body. Cotton candy, cloves and apple juice all mingle in the flavor.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured hazy copper with a thin lacing head. Aroma was definitely the best attribute. Complex mix of yeast, bananas, and spices. The flavor was similar to the aroma, yet really subdued. Good pale abbey, but I prefer Corsendonk or Duvel.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a huge head that lasts a long time. Aromas of yeast and some fruit. Flavor is that of a classic Belgian ale, yeast. The palate is not as clean or smooth as other Belgian, oily might be the best way to describe it.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a full, though lightly hazy, gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The aroma is a spicy mix of yeast, pear, apple, ginger, pepper, clove, lemon zest, among other things. The aroma is quite nice, fairly complex, yet light & appetizing as a good strong, golden, Belgian ale should be.
The taste has a light malt sweetness to it that is mostly drowned out by all of the other flavors found in this beer, which is a long way of saying that this beer tastes fairly dry. There is a nice level of yeast/ fermentation derived spiciness here as well; I get light notes of clove, a certain ginger note, and a pepper-like note that combines with the carbonation. Layers of fruit character are also found here with apple and pear being prominent along with a sort of fruit-reminiscent tartness that is also found in these fruits. As the beer warms up a tad, I begin to get some notes of hot alcohol in the finish. It almost adds to the perceived spiciness of this beer, and actually is not all that detracting. This is definitely enjoyable, but something seems a bit out of whack, which keeps this beer from being stellar.
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radagast83 (5376) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle. Hazy golden hue, huge white head. Yeast, citrus flavor. Very nice beer.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 I havent had this in 7 years!!bottled ; rather warm ca 14°c. Huge huge head, very firm. Golden color, a bit darker than Duvel. Aroma is yeasty, a bit sweet, some fain spices. Taste is again a bit on the yeasty side, but mixed with fruits and spices which hit your palate. Overall this is a very well balanced beer, perfectly masked. A world class ale.
bigA (10) - USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle, pours hazy golden with a huge white head. Smells yeasty. Yeasty and big fruity taste, more coming as it warms up, with lots of carbonation and some alcohol apparent towards the end. Finishes sweet but more of a fruity/yeasty sweet than a malty or sugary sweet as I think of it. Think Pinot Grigio. Head is gone after 5 mins or so. I have not observed any floating stuff as others have reported. Yeasty just isnt my thing but nontheless its a pretty good beer. I should have let it warm up in the bottle for ten minutes or so. My friend brought me this bottle from CA.
DuffMan (7499) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy yellow with a fluffy suspension. Faintly fruity and yeasty both in aroma and flavour, with a not-too-subtle alcohol presence. Champagne-like in its fizziness and yeastiness. I guess I’m coming around to the fact that I’m not a huge fan of this style.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 From Bottle. Hazy, orange rind colored pour with a tall, frothy white head. Fair amount of yeastiness as well, but the clumps are broken up and evenly dispersed throughout the beer. Strong, sweet aroma of candied apricot, dripping with fresh pineapple and orange gumdrops. A little overly cloying on the nostrils, and the sensation is the same on the tongue. Sparkling, yet still creamy texture, but the fruitiness is a bit on the bitter side. Its odd to have a beer that can be cloyingly sweet, yet somehow still have bitter fruit flavors at the same time. Alcohol isn’t overly strong, but the finishing smack is what I imagine orange juice would taste like if fermented in direct sunlight using baking yeast. Ok, the beer isn’t as bad as I just made it sound, but that is my impression nonetheless. Final smack of flower petals and white pepper spice.
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden straw blonde. Big foamy white head that stays put, Yeasty aroma. Initial yeasty and mildly malty flavor has the best transition to citrus, white grape, and other fruit I’ve had so far. The taste immediately beyond the intitial yeast is wonderfully remeniscnet of a well aged burgandy -thanks for that, Burt – but rather than going into a deep red wine flavor it falls into the lively citrus and other light fruit with a gentle spicyness. The flavor balance between strong and sweet that is highlighted by that distinctly aged burgandy transition between them creates one of the best balanced beers I’ve head that actually has a very distinct flavor “movement.” Now, I’m drinking this about seven hours after a bomber of bastard (which pillaged my tastebuds for at least four hours) and it may be one of the most refreshing follow-ups ever. Palate is smooth and lightly silky with lively, gentle bubbles. Great brew!