JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poirs a nice hazy blonde with lots of thick fizzy head. Smells of lots of fruity esters and some nice yeast notes with a touch of malt thrown in. Flavors of apple and pear are first noticed with a spicy undertone, then the yeast begins to add its kick. Finishes sweet and pretty malty. A decent brew that is relatively common and easy to find. Hands down, BEST NAME EVER for an alcoholic beverage.
Tonitones (13) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good. A pretty golden blonde color with a fizzy thick head. Thick and creamy. Yummmm!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dirty amber. Large frothy white head.
Sweet aroma of pears,
"Fair and balanced" taste, some spicy rindy hops in the background, foreground has spicy, cinnamon like fruit and vanilla. Some strawberry too.
Slightly fizzy, slightly burning alcohol in belly.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Whole Foods from refrigerated beer section. Frothy head that rapidly diminishes. Cloudy, orange-colored creamy medium bodied ale with heavy particulates. Heavenly fruity ester aroma. Starts with delicate fruity sweet malt flavor (with peach and pineapple hints) and finishes with slight hop bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth. A very tasty smooth Belgian ale.
harrisoni (16728) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Golden beer with creamy lasting white head. For me, it smells and tastes like Duvel, but slightly sweeter and more alcoholic burn. Complex Belgian strong golden beer nose, with some whiskey notes. Fine in mouth with grapefruit and tangerine carrying on from aroma into the flavour. Finish is more citrus hoppy dryness with a bit of alcoholic burn. Not at all bad and worth a second bottle.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright slightly hazy golden beer with a frothy white head and tons of carbonation. Aromas of sweet banana and fresh slightly spicy yeast. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Flavors of banana up front give way to apple and pear with some allspice and a dry finish. Hops balance all of this fruity malty goodness. Sweetness returns after a few seconds, reminding you to drink more. Alcohol warth felt in my chest, but no real hint in the flavor. Prickly bubbles are refreshing. Did I mention this beer is sweet? I like that, but if you don’t like a sweet finish you’ll probably be irritated by this one.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW - this is great!!! smooth, complex, and flavorful!! tastes a bit like a wit bier - nine percent is good. An excellent beer around - it ranks high on my list
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Embarrassing bottle and label. Perhaps it is possible to love a nation’s beers without sharing its sense of humour. Everything else about this beer is wonderful. The slightly cloudy golden colour and firm head were a good start. Aroma was full of sweetness and fruit. The taste followed beautifully, with banana to the fore and dryness at the end. Normallly I deplore too much fizziness. For some reason the relatively aggressive carbonation here seemed just right.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Bottle. Hazy, yellow-orange hue with a generous frothy white head. Sweet bananas, citrus and spices dominate the nose. Faint caramel flavor from the light roasted malts. Pears and bananas in the mouth along with spices, clove and a dry peppery finish. A Slight bitter hop note doesn’t detract from this sweet, easy ale. I noticed that quite a few others noted hay or grass in the nose. By the time I got to sniffin’, the head was already diminished. Upon the second pour, I immediately stuck my nose into the glass, and whadda ya know, straw. More pronounced caramel malt flavor second time around. Greater alcohol notes, along with peppery bitterness. Ok, third glass, and I am sippin’. More of the same in the nose. sugary sweet hop notes stand out in the mouth this round. Packs quite a punch for a Belgium Golden. Delicious!
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Hopleaf. Hazy peach/golden with tight 1" Guinness-like off-white head. Hay, bananas, and spices accentuated the very pleasant sweet malty aroma. Very creamy, smooth, and full on the palate. Pears and plums joined the bananas and spices in the flavor. Very solid malt backbone.. and well-balanced. Dangerously easy to drink.