Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden color with a big white head. Malty fruity aroma and a sweet malty and hoppy taste. Medium body and a dry bitter finish.
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a gigantic and thick foamy head. A light cloudy gold color to the body. Aroma is funky lemon peels and some barnyard. A little hint of leathery goodness. The taste has sweet caramel and peanut butter. Some hints of oranges and vanilla in the aftertaste. This is very nice and light. A little too carbonated.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Monks in Philly. This was ok. Nice malty aroma and taste. Alochol was hidden pretty good. Little to yeasty for my liking
marcus (7147) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This golden beer pours with a generous white fluffy head. Other than a few chunks of sediment, it has a very attractive appearance and a pleasant aroma. The taste is quite hoppy with a strong, somewhat bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, but not quite as satisfying as the Loterbol brown ale.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: hazy, tarnished gold-to- straw yellow in color, with an enormous helping of foam, taking up most of the glass, taking itís time to whittle down, bone-white and puffy, leaving lace.
Aroma: spicy, right off, and citric, lemon and orange, yeast in abundance, as well. Alcohol peeks through, too, when you really breathe it in.
Taste: acidity is high here, to match the carbonation, maybe. Sourness is the primary taste, and it dries soon off of the palate. Very odd, quite unlike another Iíve encountered in a Belgian blonde, not as smooth or seamless as Iíd expect. Spicy, clovey, citric, and uncompromisingly so. Grabs hold of the tongue and doesnít let up right away, just gradually fades. Hops are wildly at play, as well, and a bitter undertone.
Body is nearly medium, finish is tangy and brief, ...but I canít shake whether this is intentional, or perhaps gone bad? Bottle, bought 2 months ago, is good until May of í05, so that canít be it, can it?
No, this is how the brew is supposed to be, and Iím just a bit too taken aback by it, thatís all.
Actually, halfway through, itís much less harsh and the drinkability markedly improves. Maybe decanting the bottle some before consumption would have distanced my tastebuds from that harsh acidity? Who knows, itís over now, and I a fruitiness opens up, and Iím having no trouble draining the glass.
Quite a remarkable beer drinking experience, chalk it up to Belgium once again!
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
She pours a hazy golden/orange with plenty of fine carbonation. The head is foamy and white with great retention. Aroma is earthy bready and fruity. Flavor is tart with an astringent finish and some sweetness in the background. Spicy and peppery taste lingers. Mouthfeel is lively and effervescent, yet the astringent/hoppiness prevails.
An interesting version of a blond, but a little hoppy for me.
skortila (4712) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
hmmmm... I liked the Bruin version a lot more... Aroma is not too good, maty sweetish with fruits (apple and grapes). The apple smell is much of alcohol... Strange appearance. Orange-brown coloured with a perfect lacing. Big corn-flakes in my beer! Taste is much better than smell luckily. Mostly malt and fruit (apples, oranges). Some hops and quite dusty. Taste is really much better than aroma.
rickgordon (3845) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy golden colour. Rich malt sweetness, very chewy. A bit papery in the finish. Fullbodied.
madsberg (10595) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled: Light golden coloured. Unclear. Has a white dense head. Aroma is a little vague. Malt, fruit and sweetness are present. Malt and hops i the flavour. Fruit and a balanced sweetness. Nice. Is light bitter in the and.
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 Belgianís 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 donít think its that bad really, but as notalush points out, it is too expensive at our local beer store.