grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 I was slightly dissapointed by this brew. Not to interesting. On tap at the Gingerman in Austin. Served in a snifter. Giant belgian head translucent almost lager like hue. Smells great. Apply belgian yest. Straw and hay are present, with a slightly citrusy undertone. Tastes like a thick lager (I know its an ale but it just tastes like a lager) with lots of booze in it. Not very appealing. Notes of apple, vodka, a hint of vanilla that fades into a very chemically aftertaste. Didn’t enjoy this one.
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour was a light golden brown. Aroma was of fruit and spices. Very generous amount of head with a light lace. Alcohol was not as noticable as expected, but still had a nice bite.
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a huge bubbly head with minimum retention. Aroma is a mix of malt and spice in the traditional Belgian style. Taste is again a mix of malt with some spices (quite hard to figure out which one is actually included), which drags a bit too long at the end. Alcohol is well hidden, which is always appreciated. Carbonation is standard with a body that I was expecting a bit more strong. Overall, this is a good Belgian ale but not the best that I’ve tasted.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy, moderately sweet, bubble gum, and mild bitterness combine for a fairly standard and balanced Belgian ale; The alcohol is pretty well hidden and doesn’t seem like 8.5%; The mouthfeel is predictably medium bodied and sticky for this type of beer; Spicy and slightly sweet aromas; Pours a golden color and rather clear; Big, frothy white head settles down to a thin layer, despite the significant amount of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer; Modest lacing
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Conditioned (330ml). I like the plastic coating, which is presumably there to keep the light out, good idea, what’s odd is the random speckling of tiny holes. The label looks like it was designed by a 7 year old in MS Word using clipart, but its still brilliant. Pink elephant, green standing crocodile and red dragon, the label is something very special. Moving on to the beer, its pale gold and slightly hazy/cloudy, the yeast mixes very well with the beer, making a consistent cloudiness. Aroma is malty and of alcohol. Flavour is of fruity, honey and SMOKE, this is slightly smoked, a welcome addition to this pale beer! This is a really good strong Belgian, with plenty of character!
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty refreshing for a beer of this ABV. Smooth and easy. Pours a gold color with a great billowing head on top. Aroma is of spice, sweet malt, and hops. Smells more like a hefeweizen than anything. Flavor is bananas, spice, and a dry, grassy finish. Cannot taste the alchohol in this at all, which is really quite amazing.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Would probably drop my rating were it not for just being clobbered by some of the flavors. Not that it was a good thing, but guess there was at least some good to be picked out of the sweet chaos. No, I don’t mean SWEET chaos, but a chaotic blend that tends to be TOO sweet for my taste.
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Very malty aroma with slight hops. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a nice white head. Not much lacing though. Taste is citrusy and sweet with a very little bitterness. Very sweet and a little sour at the same time. Alcohol is not covered up very well. Aftertaste is very sweet and slightly bitter and medium lasting.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught: Gold/yellow, slightly hazy color with very small white head. Aromas of yeast, flowers, light malt, spice. Taste surprises after the light appearance - yeast, malt, sweet, flowers, light bread, cloves, pepper. Very smooth on the palate, finishes slightly spicey, yeasty. Definitely good, but not amazing.
TBone (12477) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Apple juice color, hazy. Small steady white head. Aroma is malty leather. Starts thin-bodied, turning crisp, malty and citron. Alcoholic bitterness in finish.