apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium orange body, no head at all - somewhat murky. Definetely the strong spices often found in Belgian’s are found in the aroma. Very chewy, and thick - interesting! - barely carbonated, and slightly sweet. I detect some pears somewhere in there. Cask-like, with its slightly sour and yeasty finish. Hops make a small appearance, and then some bitterness/astringency. I don’t think its that bad really, but as notalush points out, it is too expensive at our local beer store.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy golden color, minimal carbonation - aroma of straw, citrus, spice and mustiness - flavor is an odd mixture of hops, lemon zest, grain, apples and grapes - the flavors don’t really seem to work together as well as they could, and the dominant hops in the finish amplify this - not bad, but certainly not worth the five dollars I paid for my 10 ounce bottle.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark hazy golden with a large firm head. Big aroma of hay, sweetened oranges and alcohol. Hoppy orangey flavour with a yeast note. Quite interesting.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle pours dark straw, very cloudy with lots of yeast floating about, large rocky white head, spotty lacing, with good amounts of carbonation.   Spices on the nose, corriander and lemon zest maybe.   Minor whisps of alcohol is detectable.   First things noticed is a very earthy/musty flavor, followed by a medicinal bitterness that lasts through to the finish.   Slight cardboard is emerging as this thing warms.   Feels somewhat salty too.   Mouthfeel and body are average, but it seems really out of whack.   Donkey urine?
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange color. Interesting almost medicine aroma. A bit bitter with a lot of hops in the finish.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2004
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma of malts with some spices. Hazy, orange color, almost no head, no lace. Sweet, bitter, malts, spices, totally flat, thick. Did I have a bad bottle? I should re-rate some time.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Towards the darker end of what I would consider a blonde with a tan head which stood firm a full 2" above the glass. Poured cloudy (I disturbed the yeast accidentally). Aroma was subdued and musty, flavor was light and spicy.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
XL rocky, white head, lasting. Clear gold color. Spicey, toasted malt nose.Light medium body. Toasted malt, honey flavors, some astingency. Dry finish.
JorisPPattyn (7678) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale, hazy & funky yellow with greenish, Chablis-like shine; slim white head, lacey. Perfumey nose, like an Indian lime/mango chutney - and probably the necessary spices. Roasted, burnt taste, very spicey. Retronasal there's some true hoppiness, but the spice overwhelms it. Medium bodied, alcohol obvious. Sample seems a bit oxidysed. But my main complaint is about the overwhelming indifferent spiciness.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 750 mL capped bottle (best before 01 APR 2003, sampled 15 NOV 2005): very promising release of carbonation as I pry off the cap…small fluffy white head that quickly subsides into a thin, but persistent creamy head, fed by several consistent streams of bubbles. Effervescent yeasty aromatics with sweet, though slightly musty doughy biscuits and strong vanilla icing notes. The bright, clear yellow gold body turns bronze as I progress through the bottle. The body is full, with a wonderfully elegant and strong tingling carbonation. Sweet, vanilla icing coated sourdough flavours along side sour yeasts and musty pale malts. A bit more subtle and well rounded than my previous sample, but missing the surprise and onslaught…great in its own way. 8/4/8/5/17 – 4.2
[330 mL capped bottle, 2003 version: Deliah’s Chicago, (vintage beer tasting, Feb ‘04)]: Hazy straw with a starched white ring of head. . . large, almost ominous grapefruit aroma with interesting straw and wheat streaks. Astringent and bitter, but not over-powering until after wonderful sweet doughy yeast wraps the tongue; the only defense you have against this fabulous onslaught! 9/3/8/4/16 – 4.0