Rune (9535) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle bought at De Bier Tempel in Brussels in late February 05. Clear bright golden colour. White foam mostly diminishing. Light spicy and sweet aroma. Soft and firm mouthfeel. Fruity sweetness dominates the flavour with a slight hint of yeast in the finish. Alright, but too candy sugary for my taste (16.04.2006).
Braudog (6048) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Falling Rock Taphouse, Denver, 4/15/06: Dark golden with a solid white cover of foam. Big aroma of sugar. Strong sugary, banana, raisin, clove, flowers. Classic.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold blond coloured, large white head, Lots of sprankling. Very fruity aroma (citrus), malty and light nutty. Full body, some carbonation.finish is excellent, dry bitter, some alcoholic touches and some little sweet hints. This is the top.
Geiserich (3774) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice fruity aroma with notes of plums, dried apricots and a breeze of cherries.Sweet and malty. Hazy golden color and a quickly diminishing head. Fruity and yeasty flavor, sweet and alcoholic. Fruity notes of raisins, chocolate plums and other sourly fruits. Light dry, light bitter finish, but quite good balanced. One left?
aracauna (3296) - 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 (4013) - 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 (5954) - 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 (1483) - 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.