BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear caramel color, light head, mellow lacing. Nose of musky hops and sour malts. The flavor is balanced, bland and musky. The finish is akin to horribly dirty laundry. Don’t know why this didn’t work for me but it just didn’t. The saving grace was the absence of alcohol taste.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Clear golden, moderate white foamy head, spotty lacing, very light carbonation.   Yeasty/bready nose, very light or pale, soft citrus based spices, even softer pepper.   Lemony based flavor, yeasty, with an odd tapioca pudding like finish.   Never thought I would get that, but it appears to be there.   Touch of almond and vanilla in the finish.   This is a real odd duck.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   ABV is well hidden.   Definitely doesn’t taste like 8.5%, but it sure feels like it.   Somewhat dry after the finish.   Not bad, but very different.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2005. Big head, clear light yellow color. Lively aroma of bubblegum and lemon. Taste has lots of lemon and citrus, but I felt was overly sweet. Some corriander in there for sure. Simple finish, with a slight astringency which throws the beer off a bit.
Reid (1783) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2005
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I poured this into a large brandy glass , as my chalice broke. Still its a nice enough looking ale .Clear golden orange in colour with loads of carbonation visible and a small pure white head.
I really didnt "get" the aroma. It seemed a little one dimensional for a Belgian ale, mostlymalty with the faintest hints of pepper.
In the taste I do get some hints of clove/spices/yeast but its still mainllymalts carrying this beer, unfortunatlly i found the alcohol taste VERY noticable at the end of the mouthfeel, almost like a malt liquor.
Mouthfeel is average, nothing bad nothing good..I am afraid, for me this beer was a letdown, it seemed to be striving to be a Belgian yet came across as a high end malt liquor..thoughafter about 30 minutes warming it did seem to improve and lose some of the pure alcohol taste.
I think I might re-rate this one soon.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear and bright gold with a storm of carbonation and a fluffy head. Spicy, floral, yeasty candi sugar aroma. I get some black pepper. Fruity cotton candy flavor. Is clean with some spicy hop flavor, sweetness and alcohol to balance things out. Strange little bite in the finish though. Good ale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a nice, clear, copper/amber color with a fair sized white head that fades down to a ring and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a little funky, reminding me of some Fantome products, light sugar is present along with a decent bit of caramel malt. Body is the lighter side of medium with a good carbonation level. Flavors run a bit sugary, but with a very good hop balance. Palate tends to run on the thin side. Alcohol is hidden fairly well but is noticeable. Fair Belgian strong.