mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an attractive cloudy, pale gold with a beautiful long lasting foamy head. The smell was of fruity esthers. Apple, pineapple and orange zest combined a musty Belgian yeast aroma. Taste was creamy and medium-bodied. Carbonation was heavy. Warming alcohols hit the palate upfront, combined with some hop bitterness and nectar-like fruitiness, with elements of peach, apple and pineapple present. A hoppy bitterness is present in the finish. This is one strong ale. Not only in alcohol, but flavor. It’s raw and full of complexities. A must try
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a clear golden colour, yields a medium white head and displays good lacing. The aroma is subtle with slight fruity characters. There is a great deal of carbonation at first which fizzes on the front of the tongue but this settles down. It is sweet with floral hop characters and a slight taste of caramel toffee: but these flavours only come to the fore after the carbonation dies away. Very “sneaky” with its alcohol drinking like a much lighter beer.
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, golden color. Sparkling. Small, dense head. A good-looking beer. Smells like sweet malt with a fruity character. Taste is malty-sweet, with fruits and flowery hops. Dry hops mouth. Might be called slightly syrupy or sticky. I like this beer. Bottle is very cool too. This bottle was from France and was 9%.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Pale Golden, Hi-Grav Belgian, Alcohol presence was noticable, but I prefer a more prominent hops profile. Maybe mine was a little off (draft), because mine was only very lighty carbonated. I still order this one from time to time.
kumite56 (470) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This may not be the best of the belgian strongs but is imenently drinkable and likable in my opinion. Gold colored, fruity, sweet initial with some hops but rather still rather sweet in the finish. Not a bad beer for newbies who prefer a milder hop profile.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Hazy, golden colour. Medium head, which diminishes pretty quickly. Fruity, orangy aroma with hints of spice and cloves.Tastes fruity, citric, spicy and somewhat yeasty. A nice strong blond ale with a citrus fruits touch.
larsniclas (5586) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at The Bishops Arms, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Golden and a creamy head.
Fullbodied with sourish vinegar-aroma and -flavour. A bit metallic with some alcohoil coming through.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. hazy orange. small white head little lacing. very heavily carbonated (not a good feature in my opinion) smelled sweet, initial citrus, sweet yeast, champagne tartness, alchoholic aftertaste. I really did not appreciate the high carbonation, but maybe it was bottle conditioned? Interesting but not my favorite.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a straw/slightly brownish body, that is somewaht hazy. Has a medium fizzy head. Aromas of spice citrus and malts. Taste is citrus, and malt, with slight alcohol. Feels slightly creamy in the mouth, surprisingly very good....not really what I expected. Was glad to share it with Mr.Manning!
asheft (2499) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange amber with a bubbly, nerf top that very quickly receded to leave an off white ring an a lasting, but thin, film. Interesting aroma with banana, apricot, malt, and some vinegary sourness. Surprisingly, there was no apparent sourness in the flavour, which was strong in banana and higher alcohols. Also, some sweetness, but not a lot of identifiable flavours and not really complex. This beer finishes very cleanly with only a slight hint of bitterness. Carbonation explodes in the mouth. Medium body. Good but nothing extraordinary.