nigos (623) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed using an elaborate sequence of fermentations and maturation lasting 3 months after brewing. Pours with the obligatory massive head that is dense and creamy. Its appearance is pale golden almost pilsner like. Flavours reminiscent of orange zest Poire William and has a light dry finish. Apparently it can be served very cold as an aperitif or warm as a fruity digestif. This is a rich and complex beer that is a true world classic.
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just not my cup of tea. Very strong stuff, but not bad, just not my cup of tea.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a pale straw color and formed an amazing foamy-sudsy head like a float that left circular lace. A beautiful heavy carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, citrus and spice. A flavor of malt, citrus and spices with a mouthfeel quite tangy, but not overpowering brought on by the heavy carbonation and the citrus elements. Truely a great find with the new Ohio law change.
mogo (38) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2003 This is the classic example of a belgian golden ale. A close cousin to the Tripel, it has many similar qualities. It is very pale, pilsner-like in appearance with a thick brilliant white long lasting head. It is highly carbonated and emits very little aroma other than a faint fruitiness typical of a high alcohol ferment. It is dry and crisp on the palate with more than enough hop bitterness (for a belgian) to back the limited maltiness. Once the slight carbon dioxide sting dissipates, faint notes of fruit can be discerned in the background and evolves as the alcohol heat appears. There are no obvious spice additions in this beer and the overall profiles certainly tips the scale towards clean and simple rather then shooting for richness and complexity.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very pale, golden color. Plenty of carbonation, massive frothy white head. Cool legs too! Huge & bubbly mouthfeel, fills the mouth completely. REal yeasty, clean, crisp with hints of citrus and green apples.
MartijnVV (33) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice! a little sensation to taste the combination of yeastiness en sweetness
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great hazy orange unfiltered colour. Very complex and powerful aroma. Great balance of hops and malt in the taste and a great standard belgian strong ale. Pairs well with Grafton reserve cheese and sopressata from Dean & Deluca! :-)
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful long lasting head, with a great golden color. Nice aroma, overuse if citrus killed the other flovors.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, long lasting foamy head. Spicy yeast nose. Hazy appearance. Nice roasted malt taste but with a definate alcohol taste.