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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Strong in flavor and alcohol yet light in color and malt character this style has the warming presence of alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reid (2339) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2005
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.

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