rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very light gold color with a generous but short-lasting white head. A lot of carbonation. Fruity, wheaty aroma. Notes of wheat and citrus; sweet-tasting. Appears to be unfiltered. Very odd indeed.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More head than Bill Clinton. Massive, foamy and white. Golden body with serious carbonation. Nice appetizing aroma of esters and bready yeast. Good bitter, sweet, and sour balance in the flavor. Has some Orval-like paint thinner qualities. Not elite, but an enjoyable brew.
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brass colored, and clear enough to read through. Large bubbles rocket up to a noisy, rocky 3-finger head. In a few minutes, it leaves ropy lacing as it subsides to a foamy film. Spicy and sugary aroma is backed by peppery earth (oak barrel?), plummy and floral notes, and a pilsener-like caramel maltiness. Inital flavor matches the aroma, followed immediately by honeysuckle, tin can, and a sinus-clearing blast of spice/alcohol/sulphur. As the carbonation dwindles, mouthfeel changes from fluffy to weak. Finishes dry with a somewhat acrid bitterness. Every bottle I've had was different (and disappointing); the one time I got it on tap (quarter barrel keg at a beer fest),it was pure ambrosia. I've never seen it on tap anywhere else, so I have to rate what I can get.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too sweet, too much alcohol in the nose and taste. Good name, bad beer.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 11, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Peachy-yellow, flesh color with substantial carbonation. Not much head though. Smells of clove, soapiness, caster-sugar, coriander. Taste is sweet, clove, lemon hops, metal and unpleasant.
Sigmund (5024) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml painted lightproof bottle, ABV 9.0%. Large head, surprisingly pale golden colour, slightly cloudy when yeast is poured. Excellent aroma, red fruits, barnyard and yeast, some oak. Flavour is reasonably malty, quite yeasty. Alcoholic warmth, relatively light bodied despite its strength. Aftertaste is a bit too sweet IMO. Overall quality does not quite live up to the beer's gimmicky name and bottle.
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as impressive as other Belgians, however still good. Light hazy goldencolor with light head. Fruity aroma with flavors of apricots ending with an alcohollic finish.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head disappears quickly, hazy orange. Yeast, spice, orange smell bit of alcohol. strong bitter taste with quite noticeable alcohol. I like it but I'd go for more balance in the flavours.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts with a great, strong fruity sweet aroma. I could smell this all day. The flavor is the same fruitiness but with heavy heavy alcohol. Too heavy, really. A good beer, only my second Belgian I think. Will definitely live up to its name if you drink it all.
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite beers. Full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. Fruity nose and taste, yeasty, subtle hop character. Nice finish.