veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yellow, nice head. Aroma from wheat and yeast. Flavor brings boiled vegetables, some perfume. Bitter finish.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I know that this stuff is a classic, and it has taken me long enough to rate it, but I have given this stuff loads of chances. And I like it, don’t get me wrong, but it is not great. This is one of the few times that I am rating a beer less than its average. All that said, nice an pillowy, with a thin Belgian character. Quaffable. Better than an average brew.
mrfosters (17) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one hell of a brew.Wonderful golden color with a nice foamy head that left heavy lacing all the way down.The carbonation was almost champagne -like. A subtley spicy aroma and flavor, with hints of banana and clove.Full-bodied and extremely smooth.II know I’ll be buying more of this very soon.A totally great , fun ,and enjoyable brew.
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I guess this is not my style of beer. The palate is strong and alcoholic, color is dark amber. Medium lasting head.
djswiffer (2) - BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is there to be drunk whenever you want. But as a Strong Ale it’s best to stop after a while... Because it’s too good to waste when people are drunk! Then take something else!!
Dorqui (2156) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Compact and friabile, little creamy foam. Good persistence. Yellow color much limpid one and little fizzy. Intense and strong aroma. Wine and flavor of malt, fizzy in the end. A lot balanced.
canary dog (724) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Knowing this beer is a sturdy 8.5%, I was utterly surprised to find how "light" the liquid actually was when I poured it into my glass. It looked like a Pilsener. I give it high marks on appearance considering that the head forms a very thick meringue-like head a la Orval. The taste was somewhat thickish but certainly not overbearing for a brew of this potency. It was like a slightly strong Belgian blond ale. Not bad at all.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 A nice example of a good Belgian strong ale. One of the first of the style I had, and it still stands up. Good brew. I revisit this one with great regularity; you should too. Onehelluvabeer. Floral aromas in the nose, a slippery paate of yeast, hops, and malt, with a tangy citrus/sour flavor. Restrianing the alcohol is not even attempted in this brew, but it drinks heavier than it is. Original score: 3.5
Tap at , Poperinge, Belgium
Wow. What a difference a continent makes. Fluffy and sweetened pumb bread in the nose with a swirl of raisin, sugar, plumb, dark cherry, and pie crust in the flavor. I talked with the bartender about the striking difference between the Belgium version and the American offering and he summed the discrepencies up with freshness and the water used. "The water here is better for our beer," he said. Whatever it was- the water, the freshness, the tap, the air, the location- it worked. Totally different beer over yonder than here in the States.
MiP (14656) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Yeasty, peppery aroma. Yellow colour, white semi-stable head with big bubbles. Mouthfeel OK, but it leaves a rubbery feeling on my palate. Aftertaste is quite alcoholic.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant citrus-yellow color with huge white foam. Elegant refreshing nose with fait citrus hints and fine hops. Taste is fine and powerfull. Fine hoppy bitterness in the end.