BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ahh, what can I say? This is a marvelous Belgian Strong. My favorite. Dare I say that I prefer it to the vaunted Duvel? To me, it is perfection, but, the beauty is to each his/her own, eh?
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
If there is such a thing as a session belgian strong ale, this would be it. Very very smooth, refreshing and I'm wondering how it could possibly have this high of an ABV. Highly carbonated and foamy. Not too citrusy or dry.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice golden champagne color with a few lasers of orange shooting through, not afraid to give some head either. Yeasty, slightly fruit driven aroma. Tastes much the same, Decent brew.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured like a bomb. initially, at least 75% head. Huge foamy and white, simply massive! Smells beautiful, sweet malty and loaded with fruity esters. A bit weak though. Hints of flowere and citrus fruits, characteristic of a belgian golden, too weak to be a strong. It needs some more body to balance the well.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transparent golden..yeasty aroma..slightly citrusy mouthfeel with some bitterness all circling the creamy yeasty/bready flavors...tasted good with some strawberries i think is what my illegible notes say..i dont remember a damn thing from last night.
imdownthepub (11196) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml Bottle Conditioned Ale. Wheat coloured and flavoured with bready yeast head and palate. Malt with perfumes, some citrus notes and lemon hops.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
smells like slice, giant head, yeasty, creamy with spritzy citrus finish, after staring at it on the shelves for so long it was kind of a letdown
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was very similar to the Chimay White. Very clear, hoppy and refreshing until you add the yeast, then it's murky, malty and a bit spicy. The strong carbonation is a bit overwhelming, and blends with the clove-like yeast to give the tongue a rather dazzling sensation. The tail end of the malt and yeast leaves a slightly unpleasant bitter mouthfeel - and there is a rather acidic side the citrusy esters. Good, but not my favorite Belgian ale.
JorisPPattyn (8280) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden ale. Thick white head, big bubbles.
Nose is dry, hop-bitter, spices, maybe medicinal.
Taste is quite dry, but underlying sweetness. Spicey, fruity, yeast.
Mouthfeel dominated by the dryness, not very full. No adstringency. Aftertaste consists of restrained bitterness, building up, without ever fully losing the sweet founding.
One of Belgiums' better Duvel challengers. With the takeover of Louwaege by ScotCourage, probably due for extinction. See also Thouroutenaere. This bottle BBd: 5/04
argo0 (11955) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy, soft golden body with medium white head -- fizzes on the pour. Aroma is apple and floral, some yeast. Taste is alcohol and apple, along with some and yeast. Finishes alcohol bitter.