jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spice is the predominate aroma and flavor from this Belgian style ale. Almost too much so when that spice comes up against the hops. Cloudy amber pour with small, white head. The nose presents pepper, clove and plastic Band-Aid. Clove is the top flavor, too. But there are hints of orange juice and tart cherries. Beneath the spice are the floral hops. I was not particularly in love with the combination which left an aftertaste of musty plastic. Lively carbonation. Medium body that comes across as clean, but then has a slightly sticky finish.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poura hazy amber-orange color with a large, creamy, off white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, yeast, apples. Flavor is strange....yeast, sweet fruits, some spice I canít quite distinguish, of course malt. Palate is medium-full, medium carbonation, syruppy, musty finish. Unique, but Iím not crazy about it.
valpoaj (594) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large head over a translucent amber body. Aroma is a wide mix of fruits and heavy on the spice, but difficult for an amateur nose to decipher much in the way of individual characteristics. I canít help but sense some smoke in the aroma as well. Very spicy flavor, with some bitterness on the aftertaste. Intriguing, but this left something to be desired, which is probably in part due to my lofty expectations; the flavor was just a bit bland and the complexity did not allow anything to shine for me...oh well! On a side note, I fail to see how this compares to Orval as many state...maybe a bad bottle? If so, Iíll re-review
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am not sure what the other reviewers are drinking, but it is not the same brew I had. Thin and shallow, aroma fails to impress, as dose the taste. The mouth feel reminds me of a light beer. This one pails in comparisons to even the most average Belgian. It is almost like Goose Island was trying to make a copy of Bell ďConsecrator doppelbock ďand failed.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Pours a golden color with yeast sediment floating about. Aroma is a large amount of citrus with the main component being lemon with large amounts of belgian spice, malt, and other mild citrus notes. Taste is a bit more sweet then I like in my belgians. There is also bit of earthiness and dryness in this beer. Overall, itís a good beer but not for my palate. Michael Jackson, you lied to me about this beer.
zootfinster (202) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice golden amber with medium head. yeasty fruity flavor. Pretty heavy in carbonation for the style but satisfying. One of the better Goose Island brews.
oh6gdx (19652) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (thanks heemer77!). Hazy golden orange colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is hayish hops along with some weirdly dryish notes. Flavour is skunked hops with some really flowery hints. Also some wooden and spicy notes in it as it warms up a little bit. A very mouthdrying thing.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 On tap. Amber brown with little head. Very little aroma - bit of malt. Low carbonation - thin mouthfeel at first but lingering aftertaste. Flavor is fairly bland. Spice, some bitterness is there, but not much else. Rather unimpressed.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: wet birch. earthy. Appearence: Golden, generous head, medium to high carbonation. Flavor: yeast! dried apricot. yeast yeast. Palate: bitey front that mellows; carbonation too present. Overall Impression: unique, earthy aroma. Not their best beer.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
crazy bottle, so carbonated. barely could get a glass out of it. Very yeasty, sweet, fruity. bad aftertaste, that kills it.