DuffMan (6534) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Deep gold, clear, but with a brown residue left in the bottom of the bottle. Yeasty aroma, slightly sweet but overall very subtle. Initial flavour is a little malty with a hint of floral hop character, but on swallowing there was a terrible bleach-ammonia type of spritz up my nose. This just got worse with each sip, and I ended up pouring the last third out. I’ve only drain-poured a very small number of beers, so this tells you how unpleasant the ammonia/catpiss element was.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a small white head. Yeasty, fruity aroma and a sweet light spicy, fruity taste. Medium body and a sweet light dry finish. Sparkeling to.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cloudy golden colour with an off white head. Yeasty aroma with an unbalanced alcohol note. Sweet and yeasty flavor, seems vey unbalanced.
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazy orange beer with a white head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of spices and yeast. The flavor is sweet malt with primary notes of yeast, leading to a dry end.
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clumsy, unintegrated Belgian ale. Poured a rich burnt gold colour with a tall souffle head and some lacing. The ripe fruit in the aroma reached me from a couple of feet away. It showed dried apricot, yeast, grape juice and lemon tart. However, its charms were partially undermined by musty traces of damp attic, which seems to be a problem with some of De Block’s beers by the time they reach Australia. That musty note carried over to the flavour which had an unpleasant stale vegetal quality - turnip perhaps. Didn’t take to it at all. The herbal character referred to in the commercial description seems jarring. It’s right there at the front of the mouth from the first sip. For just 6%, this has a surprising alcoholic bite. The body seemed too lean to carry so muscular a flavour. It’s also a little too fizzy in the mouth. On the plus side, it has a lemony fruitfulness, but it’s not enough to save this. (33cl bottle, IBS Perth, bb 3/1/07)
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Apricotty orange colour, mediumsized foamy white head. Bitter fruity aroma. Bitter fruity flavour with vegetably hints. Wellbalanced. Otherwise nice but the flavour is the weak link here...
rlgk (10092) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yellow/orange, large white head. Yeasty aroma, some citrus, some spices, wheat maybe some elder. Fruity flavor, some alcohol, quite boring to be a belgian.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Very bright colour, with a small frothy head. Outspoken aroma of lemon, with hints of some flowers and hops. Quite biting mouthfeel, acidic with a lasting and bit too yeasty aftertase. Not very well balanced.
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another unique take on a Belgian ale from the good folk at De Block Brouwerij. Tasted from the bottle and into a stumpy tulip glass, cool and not cold. Poured orange, hazy, with very fine carbonation raising a dense two-layered white head of foam that left an abundance of lace down the glass. Strong toffee, lemon and yeast nose with and underpinning hint of peppery, herbal spices and leafy hops. Similar notes I wrote for the Abdije Tripel Dendermonde, of the same brewery. Sweet and unusually tart in the mouth. Husky, and lightly bitter in the back, it had a grainy malt and bready yeast mid-palate, toffee upfront and a little noticeable alcohol throughout. Flavours of candi sugar, white wine, lemons and fresh leafy herbs made it quite an interesting mouthful, albeit a little light on. Relatively light bodied, spritzy in carbonation and with a long lingering aftertaste of herbs and citric fruits, it was overall quite refreshing and slipped down with ease. A different and easily sessionable Belgian ale. Quite nice!!!
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Orange with a huge fluffy white head. Funky Belgian yeast aroma. Some fruit flavour and bitterness but quite bland overall.