AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden, light head, looks much like a lager. Spicy Fruit, pear, pineapple and peach. Clovey character similar to a blonde ale. Powerful spicyness, nice sweet fruit, light pear, red apple, strawberry, peach and plum(minus skin) rich spicy alcohol, with anise, herbaciousness, and a little yeasty astringency. Nicly complex with a few flavours avoiding description from me.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours with a gold color and a lacy white head. I smell some peppery spice and some raisin. Also a little bit of honey. The first few sips sting a little from the alcohol.. but as it warms up it gets very mellow. Taste some sweet malt and spice. with a very slightly bitter and spicy aftertaste. pretty good stuff
mooseklaus (3) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden color and very aromatic. Has a nice fruit forward taste with strong aftertaste or oranges and coriander. This is a very refreshing Ale...great on a summer day.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden yellow with fine thick head. Toast bisquit, citrus, and peach aromas. Malty with some spice and medium to heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden with some heat on the lingering finish. Very Nice.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright golden with a huge frothy head. Nose has hints of spice, grassy hops and alcohol. Thick and creamy with a huge alcohol kick at the first sip. hints of pear and cherries, dry finish. Bitterness and harshness was more upfront than the sweet and spicy notes that were faint.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden colour. Rich malty flavour with notes of anise. A little peppery in the finish, maybe because of the high ABV, which is clearly evident.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Beautiful golden pour with a nice soapy head. The aroma had a surprising hop kick, with the normal belgian blonde yeastiness. Taste was sweet and spicy with hints of orange jelly on toast.
The mouthfeel is oily and that slickness lasts on the tongue. No weakness in this beer. Mare tart and round than Duvel, but this is certainly a cousin.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with a creamy head. Spicy,
hoppy aroma. Tastes rather malty for the
style. Somewhat sweet with a fruity
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For #800, I felt that this one would be appropriate. The porcelain bottle with blue foil label is just stunning. This one surprised me. I can sum it up by saying that it reminded me a lot of Duvel. I’d love to do a side by side with these two, because it’s been a while since I had a Duvel, and this one made more of an impact on me than Duvel did. A solid brew.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
for my taste, an overrated beer. a bit too fruity, though the ale’s ability to mask it’s own strength does give a pleasant feeling. all in all, i’d prefer to stick with nocturnum.