GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 12 oz bottle dated 3/27/06. Slightly hazy orange color with bubbly, lasting off white head. Smells of coriander, white pepper, and light citrus. Lots of coriander flavor with yeast and grainy malt undertones.. Dry on the tongue. Plenty of carbonation, but not more than I would expect in a Belgian. Tasty.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to this common orangey shade that for some reason is weird looking to me. Nose mostly of fruity candy sugars and yeast with some mango and orange. Flavor is initially malty followed by cloves and bananas foster, pistachio and walnut. A bit medicinal, and probably overcarbonated, and on this tasting, much less pleasant than i remember.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, dated 03/03/06, served at cellar temperature in a Unibroue galss. A large, stable off-white head leaves moderately thick lacing atop a dark clear amber body with faint swirling wisps of yeast....huge, brett-dominated nose, sour cherries and apples, followed by old dry leather, thyme and rosemary, just a scintillating combination....sweet front on the tongue with a fair amount of dark malt and a growing dryness and bitterness that seems to creep up insidiously, woody character and notes of walnuts especially in the somewhat oily texture and thickness....very complex and certainly bearing a bit of resemblance to Orval but darker in the malts and not nearly as dry and refreshing....still a pretty nice try.
timmydent (19) - fishers, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
seems like the belgium brewery they visited and discussed on the bottle is Orval, one of my favorite beers. I think they did a wonderful job with this brew. Very dry in style and very refreshing. My favorite G.I. i have tried yet.
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. One of my favorite Belgian styled beers yet & Absolutely my best American made Belgian. Orangish-gold in color with great spice aroma
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong pineapple aroma with notes of orange, bananas, and spices. Frothy bubbly head with orange/amber. Solid taste with pineapple like presence again, vanilla, orange, light alcoholic presence, acidic quality. Thick solid mouthfeel with a light bitter citrusy finish. Strong carbonation. Very good overall.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brewtopia 10/21/06. Aroma is earthy yeast, spicy with some fruit. Taste is the same with a spicy finish.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle via Monger (thanks james!) Pours a semi hazy copper with a large head. Typical Belgian yeast aroma with notes of vanilla and bananna. Somwhwat spicey flavors with some coriander, some apple & bananna and a fizzy crisp dry finish. Medium bodied. I do not care for this style much, but this is one of the best if the the best Belgian Ales i have tasted.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Bottle: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium white head. I smell a bit of banana in this one, with maybe a mild hint of chocolate. There also seems to be a very subtle hint of berry, but I cannot place which one. Tastes like a hint of chocolate bananas, with some sweet candy flavors in there as well. Again, I cannot quite place the subtle berry flavor that seems to be hidden behind the chocolate banana flavor.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottle was a gusher! Aroma of coriander, and other spices. Light brown in apperance with a decent head. The taste was warm, spicey, with some light malt. Medium mouthfeel.