auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Proper re-rate. 33cL bottle purchased at SAQ Atwater - Montreal, QC (for $3!). Quieting lemon verbena and oats aroma. Champagne-like carbonation brings a sparkle to the tongue. This is the right feel for Belgian yeast, just hinting at distant phenols, ever so slightly banana, plum, and pear. The texture of this beer is as good as it gets. Clean dry malt finish, a little pithy zest quality from the yeast products, and a delectable snap laid properly by the carbonation. Quintessential and a reminder of what proper Belgian fermentations are like, instead of all these syrupy, boozy, sweet bubblegum bombs America keeps lobbing. Keep it dry, keep it clean, keep it elegant.
Early era original review. I hate this beer back then, but canít see it as anything but an awesome classic now. 2/12/2005. Thin and yellowish. Copious white head, with strong lacing. Nice fuming thin carbonation. Very delectable fresh bread flavors, backed by nutty tones. Finishes with good melllow yet pine hops. On second thought, as this beer has warmed a little and Iíve sipped it more, itís too dry, bitter, and sour for my palate. 7/3/6/2/13
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking pour in snifter,very champagne looking with a touch of a champagne aroma as well. Very good lacing and head.Started out refreshing but finished with a bitterness at the back of my mouth that I couldínt shake.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Another bottle and even more impressed than before, again this beer is truly world-class and IMO under-rated....
Original rating: How in the hell did I never rate this? Anyway...75oml and in the Duvel snifter: Pours a bright golden hue (keep that yeast at the bottom of bottle, thanks). A huge fluffy head and outstanding lace. Funky yeasty hybrid nose that is a cross between a Biere de Garde and a Saison with just a touch of witbier for good measure. So earthy, barnyard estery, sour fruity, floral and rich, lightly spiced, and well developed. The taste is equally rounded and balanced with noticeable yeast and pale malt notes followed by grassy and spicy hops. Perhaps that is itís weakness. Itís so balance it doesnít appear complex and deep and that is so far from the truth. Sip and enjoy, let it warm and fully enjoy the depth of the world-class beer! The feel is a bit fizzy but works to keep the palate refreshed. A bonus point for masking the alcohol so devilish well. A work of art which is as good today as it was when I first had it in 1988. Bravo! (BB date 17/05/05)
mephisto (1273) - TAIWAN - FEB 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a very dangerous, true ídevilí. i got knocked out by this beer several times when i was in college. drink w/ caution.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours nearly white. Large bubbled white head. Luminescent grapefruit colored in a burgundy glass. Sour, champagne aroma. Everything is in the front end here, no bitterness on the back of the tounge. Pleasant pineapple overtones, not sour at all as the aroma suggested. Mouthfeel? It just effervesces on the tongue. Somewhat clueless on how to rate a Belgian although chimay blue is my all time favorite beer. This is really nice, distinctive (and inexpensive) beer. Very enjoyable. Think I am beginning to see the light of Belgian genius.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Closing in on the finish line of the obligatory "accessible beers" list, and this is very nearly the last one. Aroma is much too like an American macro to be inviting in that regard. Did pour with a massive, inviting head. Partly cloudy American-macro yellow. The taste redeemed it considerably, though still rather light and carefree to this IPA junkie. Crisp mouthfeel, partly creamy in the finish. More interesting and less grassy than Orval. A session-type brew for those without an IPA obsession, like yours truly. Okay, there, Iíve rated it, itís done, Iím more well-rounded. Now, can I have a hop fix, please?
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Tasted 06/02/2005. 750ml burgundy style bottle.
Straw gold with green tinges and not entirely bright. A huge, pure white, rocky head tries to escape for the glass. Head looks like a small dollop of vanilla ice cream has been dropped into the beer. Appears to have a firey (devilish?) effervescence much like a wheat beer. Nose is spices and lemons with a yeasty background note that appears bready. Mouthfeel is spritzy, but smooth, and medium to light bodied. Full sweet malt flavour is nicely complemented by the spice and lemoniness that carries over to flavour. Good cleansing from hop flavour leaves only a little warm alcohol flavour on the palate.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
pours very lively. light hazy gold to yellow straw color, bottle conditioned. explosive. very effervescent. huge yeasty, hoppy, fruity, citrusy, spicy, and honey aromas. foam so dense, like shaving cream, not going away. superior mouthfeel, soft and champagne-like action on the palate. flavor much like the aroma. champagne and bread come together with bright citrusy, spicey hop flavors, light candy sugar and malt, moderate bitterness, and alcohol. dry finish. flavors linger with a prickly sensation on the palate. strong, soft, bubbly, and quite complex. an everlasting gob stopper. kind of like the farmhouse ales from belgium, a tripel crossed with a saison. i canít think of one single reason to give this less than a perfect score.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít know if Iíd drink this brew all the time, but this is definitely a world class beer. Looks absolutely beautiful, with a huge layer of foam. Some fruity flavors and some sweetness, but flavor is mostly dominated by huge spicy/peppery flavors. Bitter and dry in finish.
givmebeer (8) - plano, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
huge head, very fruity, goes down very easy for such a nice kick at the end.
this beer gets better every time. one of my favorites.