bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Golen beer with little head. Spicey aroma. Taste is slightly sour with citrus/green apple/banana and lots of malt. I’d remembered it being more yeasty - there’s a yeasty finish to it, but not as much as I remember. Good, not fantastic.
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Una de las mejores "rubias". De alta graduacion (9%). Sabor afrutado. No muy carbonatada.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spicey, alcoholic. Yeasty champagne but not overly. A bit of fruit, cherry or rasberry? and pepper. This was aged closed to expiration, so not as carbonated/hoppy, was able to detect more malt. Meets expectations of a Belgian. Malty so drinkable.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 In the bottle at RFD Washington. Looks like a budweiser, tastes like nectar of the gods. This schizophrenic character of the ale just keeps on bombarding you. Gold in color. The aroma is medicinal, but mellow. The palate is a New York Subway ride on your tongue at rush hour. At first, I tasted honey, then cotton candy, then rubber bands, then bananas, then WHEW!!! A continually changing cavalcade of surprises. This can't be beer. This is something way more demonic.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 19, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy blonde with a generous white head that lingers. The aroma is awesome. I smell pineapple, banana and what it reminds me most of is fruit cocktail. Interesting...a lot more hop presence than I am used to for a belgian. Banana/clove start quickly noticing the hops and finishing bitter and peppery. This is quite an interesting beer, with the very sweet aroma followed by the spicy brew. Alcohol is hidden nicely also.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet smell as this one is poured. A spicy taste mixed with sweetness. I liked the way this one finished. Want another.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the Lowlander in London. Pours a pleasing gold color with a medium thin eggshell white head. Light lacing throughout. The aroma is fruity and wheaty. Light-bodied and effervescent, with a nice blend of flavors such as coriander, citrus, banana and yeast. The alcohol is detectable here and there as well. The finish is sparkling like champagne. I haven't had the bottled version of this yet but I can't imagine it being better than this.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dirty yellow with a very lively and large head that behaves much like Champaign. Speaking of champagne this beer has a hint of that smell in it. Tart dry flavor, alcohol is a big part of this beers flavor, no subtlety about it. The slightest hint of fruit with a little sweetness at the end. Not an exciting beer but enjoyable
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Cloudy golden colour with a slightly cloudy appearance and a very good-looking white head that lasts to the bottom and leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is quite citrusy, with plenty of bread yeast smells, bubble gum, lemon citrus, black pepper and alcohol. Flavour is nicely balanced. Lemon citrus, there is some black pepper and spice, fainty yeast. A bit of apple and pear mixed with the light aromatic spice. I like this a lot.
jsquire (3311) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 I should not have had this after the Abbey des Rocs, but I did. This appears clear yellow with a thin white head. What killed me was the nose. There were hints of something I can only describe as stale urine sample. Apple fruity notes with spiced honey sweetness and yeast. Okay beer. Update from a tap sample. The aroma issue was better. Nice enough belgian strong.