SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, first let me say that I think I am starting to avoid the belgian strong ale thing. It just isnt doing it for me anymore. Very clear in colour with lots of carbonation. The nose is musky with just a hint of banana leaves. The taste is just that of belgian strong ales, almost salty. Sodium is very present. Just doesnt do it for me.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fantastic voluminous fluffy rocky soapy creamy head.....that lasts and lasts and lasts. Smells raisins, doughy, apples, honey, and yeast. Taste sweet and alcoholic. Slightly spicy. Not bad.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fabulous fluffy foam head that easily reaches beyond the ample volumes of the Duvel glass. Pale straw color with lively carbonation (especially from the D etched in the glass). Delicious aromas of yeast and musk with banana and earth/grass as well as pineapple candy. Palate is light and dryish although somewhat sweet like a lively champagne. Flavors sweet and a touch salty in front, but finishing crisply bitter (and a tad astringent?). Some of the grass and earth comes through in the middle, nice, a bit barn-like. I don't love the finish, but I may like it more after a few more pours of this 8+ABV treat. A steal for the money.
almostfrozen (26) - USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge bubbly pure-white head. Beer is yellow/gold. Very carbonated, stream of bubbles rises through center of this lovely Duvel trappist glass that came with the bottle. Strong flavour but not oppresively yeasty. Very drinkable for such high alcohol content. 11.2 oz. bottle.
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thick white fluffy marshmallow-like head which just wouldnt go away. there was a stream of bubbles shooting from the bottom of the glass the whole time i was drinking it. nice hazy golden color. good beer!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow color. Big frothy lingering head. Yeasty fruity nose. Tingly carbonation gives way to a malty sweetness. Aftertaste is quite yeasty
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a golden color with a good bit of carbonation and big white head. Smell is yeast/spice/fruit. Taste is malted and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall one of the better Belgian beer that I have had...
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great beeer. Really enjoyable. Warms you up. A huge white foamy head, yellow in color. Very malty. Great beer.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight citrus lemon aroma. Clear yellow color with a big white head that hung around forever, (bottle conditioned). Very effervesant, tart some phenolic flavors with citrus flavors that had a dry finish. This is a good example of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. This just isn't one of my favorite styles but I'm rating this based on the style and not on how I like it.
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with a big fluffy head. Aromas are bananas, spices, yeast and candy. Flavours are citrus and refreshing. Those spices are back again. The finish is long dry and boozy. One of the best non-trappist beers.