bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
spicy aroma; pale amber in color with a thin white head; the same spiciness is in the taste, and the finish is an odd combination of sweet and bitter; very complex
Trogdor (195) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 aroma is of spicy alcohol with some aromas that I associate with stout, I can't quite put my finger on it yet, pears also present in the aroma.
hazy golden with rocky white head.
complex spicy alcohol flavours with fruits like pear also there.
smooth mouthfeel, slightly drying the palate.
a great flavoursome beer that I never get the chance to really concentrate with, something always comes up forcing me to rush my tasting, maybe the next one I'll be able to do a better rating as I have a couple of bottles available to me now.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 Bought a bottle that has been sitting in the store for a while...Best before 01/2000. Sampled 12/09/03. Poureda very pale gold color head was amazing, huge thick lacing head lasted through entire glass...probably the most notable thing about this beer...maybe the flourescent lights of the store took their toll...Slightly floral nose...I'm not gettinng anything that I've read about in other ratings...must be a bad bottle need to try some fresh... maybe I just don't like this one but it is unusual for my rating to be this far from the mark. RE-RATE: Fresh bottle straight from Belgium. It arrived 2 days ago with a freind who visited there. All writing on the bottle is in Flemish and French. Poured a hazy yellow color with a huge airy head that was quick to dissipate. Strong smell of banana with a slight spiciness to it. Flavor is malty with very mild fruit hints, very complex. Very crisp taste. Smooth and very drinkable beer. Much better this go-round.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity aroma and a golden body with snow white head. Dry but not so dry. Worthy of its popularity.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Had a 750mL in the fridge for about 9 months and this "lagering" really cleaned up the beer a lot. It was lacking all those great apple/pear aromas and was really clean.
Just about as good as a beer can look - huge head with huge clumps of lace, clear and pale and a big stream of bubbles.
Aroma was pretty clean and neutral with just a touch of that phenolic Belgian aroma, slightly spicy - no alcohol or esters.
Flavour was also pretty clean - no noticeable alcohol, malt is there but it had dried out quite a bit, dryish finish but barely any hops.
Certainly didn't age badly, but I think I'd rather have it fresh.
Rerate: Had a bottle last night and this beer, whilst very nice, needs to be knocked down a few points. 4.2 is far too high. Distinct pear aroma and a flavour very much reminiscent of white wine with a fair bit of raw alcohol. Still one of the best-looking beers going around though.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 Bottle. Aroma is hoppy, a bit of spice and alcohol. It's a hazy yellow with a large white head. The flavor is complex with hop for bitterness with sweetness underneath and spices. Damn I love Belgain Strongs.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow, fantastic white foamy head, lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. A nose of hops, nutmeg. A gingery taste, with lots of complex Belgian yeasts. Cool, it is very refreshing like witbier, as it warms it becomes a true complex Belgian ale. Great beer. Bottle.
run20six2 (119) - USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice Ale. Got a bottle in Monks Cafe in Philadelphia. Enjoyed it very much, one of the best
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 (Bottled) Very hazy golden color, huge head that forms a large, solid, vertical cloud. Strongly saaz-hoppy, yeasty, sweet and fruity, slightly sour aroma with a tiny hint of alcohol. The flavor is sweetish, crisply hoppy, acidic and fruity with honey, banana, peppery spiciness and yeast. ABV is well-hidden, if served at the suggested temp range (6-10 C). Oily, thick, medium-bodied palate with well-balanced carbonation (most CO2 disappears when pouring). An excellent, easily drinkable and dangerous blonde.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 Nothing I can say here that hasn't been said before. This is truely the "champagne of beers". MUCH better with the right glassware.