highlandlad (1453) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 A terrific strong bottle-conditioned golden ale that is one of the best brews in Huyghe’s absurdly extensive range. It carries its 9% abv effortlessly. It’s a guilty treat for the sweet-toothed, like a good chocolate mousse or a knickerbocker glory. Poured a misty golden colour with a huge foaming head. The nose has buttery notes, a medley of aromas from the spice rack and some sweet fruit. Thickly alcoholic. Full-bodied and creamy, bursting with spiced fruit flavours, followed by a slug of warming alcohol. Very sweet middle. Dangerously easy to drink. (Bottle)
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
02.11.05 750ml bottle, cork dated 2.004 Pours a hazed yellowish gold with an initially massive and frothy white head that quickly fades to a thin, coating layer of foam with sudsy bubbles. Suprisingly unattractive for some reason I don’t fully understand. Aromas are very sweet, lightly herbal, mint, touches of raw bell pepper, celery, and lemon. Hops and yeasts seem an odd mix on nose, muddled by weakly presented maltiness. Much more bitter than expected, that’s a nice surprise in such a big Belgian. Lightly floral, more herbs, some pineapple that lingers along with a yogurt like aftertaste and finish. A sort of cocoa butter flavor and aroma emerging with temp. Long, dry ending. Little alcohol dominance other than the pepperiness. So-so tasting, but I’m not enthralled; it smells funny and ain’t so pretty.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(draft) My desert island beer. I only wish I could drink more than a couple without going into a coma. The ultimate Belgian as far as I’m concerned.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours golden with thick white head that fades quickly. Citrus and apples in aroma. Sharp, tangy, acidic, almost metallic flavor. Maybe I got a bad bottle? I had read that this was one of the best beers in the world in the late ’90s. Can’t see it from this tasting.
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy glden hue light white head musty apple pear aroma light hops present apples... creamy palate light acidic sugary flavour ...
Tessic (1011) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a cloudy yellow with a quick head. Looks like a wheat beer. Scents include citrus and lots of it. Pineapple, orange and lemon citrus scents. First taste was different. Started out with citrus then turned to a yeasty flavourful blast. Very smooth for a strong beer. Finish was yeasty with a palate that was nothing but citrus. Very good.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an attractive cloudy, pale gold with a beautiful long lasting foamy head. The smell was of fruity esthers. Apple, pineapple and orange zest combined a musty Belgian yeast aroma. Taste was creamy and medium-bodied. Carbonation was heavy. Warming alcohols hit the palate upfront, combined with some hop bitterness and nectar-like fruitiness, with elements of peach, apple and pineapple present. A hoppy bitterness is present in the finish. This is one strong ale. Not only in alcohol, but flavor. It’s raw and full of complexities. A must try
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a clear golden colour, yields a medium white head and displays good lacing. The aroma is subtle with slight fruity characters. There is a great deal of carbonation at first which fizzes on the front of the tongue but this settles down. It is sweet with floral hop characters and a slight taste of caramel toffee: but these flavours only come to the fore after the carbonation dies away. Very “sneaky” with its alcohol drinking like a much lighter beer.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, golden color. Sparkling. Small, dense head. A good-looking beer. Smells like sweet malt with a fruity character. Taste is malty-sweet, with fruits and flowery hops. Dry hops mouth. Might be called slightly syrupy or sticky. I like this beer. Bottle is very cool too. This bottle was from France and was 9%.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Pale Golden, Hi-Grav Belgian, Alcohol presence was noticable, but I prefer a more prominent hops profile. Maybe mine was a little off (draft), because mine was only very lighty carbonated. I still order this one from time to time.