Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium-firm, off-white foam over amber-gold brew, with few but fine bubbles.
Yeasty nose without much ado, after warming, some hoppy and woody aromas, a bit stinky, too.
Strong hoppy and sour taste, quite unusual, with bitter aftertaste.
Quite complex, really, but I didn’t say I liked it! Seems rather out of balance, to me.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty, spicy, not as good as Noel or Nocturnum.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Typical Belgian golden ale yeasty bready aroma. Malty, slighty sweet taste balanced with a tart acidity. Good beer if they don’t serve Duvel.
confusedboy0 (99) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What can i say?
Onces a very well-known writer wrote : ’What’s in a name?’
This beer is not one our best beers, but I may say that the name made me curious. Every time ;-)
A good beer, try it!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2001
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very disappointed. Light and fruity. Hard to finish the bottle.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I felt this beer was over-rated, but must try again. A crisp, though unbalanced bitterness. Nice potency, but little distinguishable complexity. For me, the elements seemed to blend to a crisp point rather than add dimension to this ale.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma much like that of a wit beer, noticed banana, clove, as well as citrus and apple odors. Yellow color with a long lasting head. Yeast abound. Flavor of apple and banana and citrus fading to a nice bitter hop finish. Yeasty, bready notes also present. Not a bad Christmas present, and a good choice for beer 300.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy light orange (once the yeast is swirled and poured in) with a tiny bubbled head that seems to build as it sits. Huge carbonation. Aroma of honeyed malts and berry fruits. Firsp sip is sweet with berry fruits and loads of spices (coriander, cloves, orange, pepper) all atop a highly bubbly (almost spritzy) body. Carb hides the ABV (and some of the flavor as well). Overall this was decent, but a little to champagne like on the palate and not as good as I had anticipated. Aging should mellow this out.
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - NOV 29, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
OK, but reminds me too much about danish ’guld-øl’. It’s heavy, but not fruity.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
Spicier than Duvel, but otherwise very similar. I think it’s the better beer, being as I like the spiciness. Nice label, too. I wrote a haiku (technically really a senryu) after my last Belgian binge:
Drinking Belgian beer/
I can hardly stand up now./
This stuff is badass.