ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gorgeous golden foaminess with small floaties. Aroma of fermenting pears and apricots. Flavor of same, plus clover, pepper, and tart raw garlic. (This beer would be awesome on a baked potato!!!) Mouthfeel a tad mealy, with strong alcohol notes in the nose on the finish.
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This yellow golden blond beer starts with a quick big white head that dissapears within the minute. Strong but sweet with scents of citrus, malty aromas and alcohocol coming well through. I did not find a champion like i hoped to...
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy golden yellow. Fruity sweet nose. Fruity and sugary sweet flavor with some yeasty flavor and definite alcohol. A good beer, but seemed a bit unbalanced to me.
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
What surprises me is that so much flavor is packed into a golden color beer. Huge head. Alcohol and floral spice smell. Taste is fruity with strong hops and malt and a subtle butter like taste. Only slightly sweet. Bitter finish.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought from the LCBO this past, fogot about it and just rediscovered it this evening. Poured into a tulip glass. Solid foamy head, initially very bubbly like champagne with coarse sediment. Much lighter in color than expected... very pale. Fresh spicy aroma, orange peel, anise, cloves. Malty character, full mouthfeel, nice bitterness on the finish. Smooth but complex. Now thatís a tasty beverage. Cheers!
highlandlad (1463) - 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 Huygheís absurdly extensive range. It carries its 9% abv effortlessly. Itís 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 donít 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, thatís 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 Iím not enthralled; it smells funny and ainít 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 Iím 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 í90s. Canít see it from this tasting.
Cartoonkhaki (1245) - 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 ...