5000 (5613) - 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 (4993) - 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 (2340) - 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 (7547) - 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
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazy amber yellow with a monster head and good lace. The aroma is yeasty and sweet. The flavor is malty and sweet, peppery, but quickly has a sharp bitterness that surprises rather than balances. The palate is cleansing and good. Overall, it needs to get along with itself better.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden amber colour with mountainous head. Aroma is fruity-hoppy (lime, kumquat, passion fruit) with hints of toasted bagels & sweaty yeast. Flavour is musty, sweaty, fruity (more kiwi than lime this time) with a firm alcoholic bite. Chewier, more caramelly than Duvel, but similar stuff overall. The big difference between the two I think is that this is rough around the edges while Duvel is very refined.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 (Bottled, a year past BBE?) Hazy golden with lots of floating yeast, and a medium, firm and cloudy head. Aroma of pale malt, honey, and slight carbdoard hints. Flavor is pretty much the same. Hops seem to be gone, and there are some spicy hints. Medium body with lowish carbonation. Ageing has not been very nice for this beer. Duh, won’t change the score...
(Bottled, was 6-4-6-3-12=3.1) Darkish blonde color, big head, and very much yeast floating in the glass. A bit stuffy, cherry aroma with some yeast and alcohol. Very acidic and sour flavor - is this a kriek or a blonde? Full-bodied, but not at all "blondeish". Some carbonation.