ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sean (illinismitty, aka Robby) Thanks man! Pours out a light orange color with a thick white head. Smell is sweet, spicy, and fruity. Taste is sweet, not very bitter, and refreshing. I was pretty much gulping this beer down. It was great. Probably the best belgian ale I can remember drinking. Too bad these arent distributed this far south. Great beer
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a filtered med. amber with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is decidedly funky, brett, with some cookie-maltiness and a slight spicy hop character. The body is med. which was a surprise, I was expecting something more refreshing. The flavors are mild, complex, but mild. The filtering has really negatively affected this beer. The complexity that it would have had was lost in the diotomaceous earth. Finish is med. dry.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 7/14 @ the Wrigleyville Brewpub: Pours a clear golden/copper color with an off-white head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is floral with hints of yeast. Flavor is sweet with fruits and spices leaving a dry finish.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Obtained in a BIF from orbitalr0x, this handsome golden ale was well carbonated, and a four finger head crowning above the rim prevented me from emptying the entire 12 oz. bottle into the appointed oversized wine glass. The aroma was spicy and floral with a dusting of yeast. The taste was dry and tart, with earthy yeast funk and spices also appearing in liberal doses. The mouthfeel was a hair less snappy than the mighty Orval. A good Belgian style pale ale on its own merits.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Original rating: Murky orange-amber colored with some sedimentation. Head and lacing both unimpressive. Aroma of yeast, coriander, cardamum. Flavor also had light fruitiness with a strong hop zing in the finish. Mouthfeel moderate to heavy with a very dry finish. Enjoyable, maybe a little too spiced to be great. Re-rate, 6/07 at SL, courtesy beerdedone: Hazy golden color. Grapey, sour cherry notes, light apples? Flemish sour type flavors all there under a Belgian Strong fore style, floral hops also present? Ample carbonation, nice sharp carbonated finish anyway, well done, rating bumps up higher! Thanks, Paul!
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one. The beer as it effluves into the Stone tulip glass reveals itself to be turbid dark straw/copper colored with a 2-finger fizzy off-white head. The aroma is tart, malty, floral, spicy, with some funky horse-blankety yeasts and hopcitrus. It smells a lot like a Cantillon. The flavor is caramel malty up front, with a lot of spicy floral notes and some fruity apricot and peach hints backed by a lot of hops. This one is not tart at all, but on the sweet side of the ledger. The lace lingers into farm animals and makes a noise as it dissipates not unlike low-level static from an old LP player. This one comes across to me as a hoppy Belgian ale with a great balance and complexity, and is a beer that makes me want to drink it all night long. Letís just go ahead and make it official...this beer is a masterpiece!
kseecs16 (1175) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 Bottle, poured a fairly cloudy deep orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma was nice. Very fruity with citrus and peach and a lemon tea touch. Taste was good, but something in the rich spice did not particularly set well with me and threw off the whole brew for me. A lot of nice fruit flavors and rich spice, but I could not quite put my finger on what particular flavor I did not enjoy. A very smooth and mouth filling brew that drinks very well.
Update 5/28/2009 - Draught at Grumpy Bulldod in Naperville. Pours a brilliant orange golden with a wispy off white head that rides the edge of the glass and leaves sporadic fingers of lacing. Aroma is fruity, hint of apple and yeasty. A slightly sweet fruity and funky flavor. Ricj and mildly spicy in character. Full bodied with a slightly dry crisp finish. Nice. Compared to my first taste I think my tastes have changed more than the beer.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky orange with a tall dense head of off-white.
Spicy citrus & yeast aroma.
The flavor has an acidic fruit tartness that is well supported by a malt sweetness. There is a touch of dryness that fully develops in the finish. Not quite as complex as some of the true Belgians, but this was tasty.
Thanks to Dough77 for this.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: poured golden yellow with a thick fluffy white head. Yeasty aroma with some fruit esters. Lightly spicy. Flavor is yeasty with some fruit, a little lemon and a hint of banana. Very quick, short finish that is a bit dry. Light tartness in the finish. Good beer but I wish the flavor would linger a little.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good representation of the style as the nose is laden with exotic spice and ripe fruit,very well done. Sweet and spicey but died a little on the tongue.