JorisPPattyn (8439) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slim white head. Pale hazy orange. Alcoholic nose, but at the same time fruity - estery. Some very pale coloured malts. Surprising, but the nose is quite delicate. Flavour of orange zeste. Alcohol, but more like cheap hard liquor. Cookies, pie crust, sweet, aroma of unripe peach. Soupy, oily mouthfeel. Alcohol obviously diminishes the mouthfeel, but I get an impression of quite high attenuation too. Alcholburn, warming. Aftertaste as if apricots on (rather cheap) brandy. To me, a mixture of very good craftmanship and commercialism - just as the ridiculous name & label. Gimmick on a well-crafted, but not really exciting ale.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium hoppy lemon zest aroma.Medium gold cloudy appearance.Sweet bubblegum flavor mixed with spices.Lingering mild dirty spicy finish.Not as clean and dry as Duvel.
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very little head, almost yellow in color but more golden, very well rounded beer, good balance, good malty profile
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful aroma, almost like a sweet champagne,sweet carmelly taste, alittle thick, yet nicely bubbly, full round taste, a favorite top 10er
wnp22 (692) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted in DC at RFD. Light yellow colour, small white foamy head. Sweet aroma, bitter and fruity taste.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Interesting beer. Hazy golden in color. Yeasty fruity aromas. There are a good amount of unfermented sugars both in the nose and on the palate. At 8.5%ABV must have been huge OG to produce a beer this sweet.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow!! Not my favorite style but this BSA was a hit, not overly complex but not boring. The crispness of the intial taste carried through out the 11.2 oz.
freekyp (1634) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 On tap at Tylers Taproom in Durham, NC. Amazing, even before I tasted it. Pale clear golden with very active swirls of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Very thick, tightly packed rocky head. Strong floral, yeasty aroma with prominent peach, cherry and mango notes. Mild alcoholic notes in initial taste, citrus and vanilla, sweetening in the middle, leading a sharp bitterness that rises on the back of the tongue at the finish. Strong bready and nutty components comprise the backbone. Complicated and outstanding.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe the bottle was shaken before I got it, but there was a LOT of head. Not much aroma, but a banana taste to it and you sure could taste the alcohol. It was pretty good for my first BSA.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft: Crystal clear golden body. Glossy, soft, white head/ Perfumey, ripe fruity and bready with a noticeable alcohol kick. some spices as well. some dry grains and earthy notes on the palate. full, creamy body with alcohol warmth. dries out with a resinous hop finish.