chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chestnut colour. Spicy aroma. Sweet and fruity on the palate. Some balancing bite and sharp notes on the finish. Cleaner than I expected. High alcohol content is unobtrusive. Not bad. Bottled, Hamprtons Wine Bar, London W1
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JAN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Large, creamy foam, slowly disappearing and glass sticking. Hazy orange-reddish colour. Initial volatile sweet fruity aroma (cherry, unripe plum) and citrussy (candied orange peel), then malt is more intense: toasted malt, nutty, caramel, honey, (vanilla), alcohol.
Taste is sweet, candy sugar, sweet cherry, candied orange peel, (vanilla), weak "spicy" bitterness. Remind me the taste of Panettone, the typical Italian Christmas cake, made with a lot of candied orange peel and raisin.
Medium body, oily texture, highly carbonated. A sweet one.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
High carbonation - the beer tried to pour itself after I opened the bottle. Not the greatest head retention, kinda murky colour too.
Plummy aroma, a bit of alcohol and chocolate malt with some lemon cordial in the back.
Flavour is really quite nothingy, has no faults but no real positives either. Salty finish.
I used to like this beer but the last few times I've had it it's been real boring. Oh yeah it hides the alcohol quite well.
Usually I rate Belgians quite high in the appearance and palate criteria but this was really lacking in these areas - so it misses out on some easy points compared to its peers.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deliciously moreish brew with a very complex aroma of spices, nutty malt, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, iron, and a light yeastiness. It pours with an off-white rocky, frothy head that doesn't last through the tasting but has a fair amount of lacing. Its body is hazy in a dark reddy brown colour with its edges tinting yellow towards the end. It fills the mouth with sweet syrup and a lively carbonation, finishing long and sweet with a touch of bitterness, metallic astringency and hints at its 8.8% potency.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Their commercial description fits it best. Hoegaarden needs to stop making its weak stuff and go with this one.
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky orange with a huge tan head. Musty aroma of wheat and coriander. Taste is a sour pear and wheat, with a somewhat off medicine flavor, but still a nice pear presence.
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge frothy light brown head on a murky orangey brown copper colour. Aroma of apples, banana and malt. Smooth texture of spice plenty of fruit and some butterscotch. Alcohol shows itself but you don't know it is 8.8%! Overall a good beer. Cheers!
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2003 The fruity bouquet is reason alone to try this fantastic belgian strong ale. Red/amber colouration, fairly complex flavours include spices, sweet maltiness and dry fruit.
palate is smooth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
jgb9348 (5010) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy copper colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of bananas, yeast, ripe fruits, subtle spices and some malt. Medium-bodied; Spicey (nutmeg/cloves) initial flavour with yeast and banana at the back-end. Aftertaste shows sweetness and spiceyness but combines nicely. Overall, a nice treat, fairly good, but could use some more complexities. Bottle date (Best until) 09-October-2005. I was lucky enough to sample this 33 cL bottle from my sister's fiance, which he got from Belgium! I sampled this beer on 27-November-2003.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Considering the high ABV it tasted rather light for an belgian strong ale. Couldn´t recognize neither the orange nor the coriander in the taste, just a a bit of fruitiness. Otherwise there was a sweet maltiness. Biter finish.