Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly bitter, yeasty and peppery with other spicy notes and alcohol esters in the nose. Medium bodied, warming and slightly smooth.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Red Carpet Wine and Liquor in Glendale CA. Seems itís been there a while since the cork is dated 09-2003, so hopefully it has been treated well for the last 2 years.
Iíll re-rate when I get a bottle that Iím sure hasnít been mistreated.
Perhaps given too much sunlight-the aroma is a bit skunked.. unfortunate. Flavor is very sweet, maybe some butterscotch taste.. but that could be mistreatment. Very smooth drinking but it would be even more smooth if the sweetness was toned down a bit more. Looks beautiful in a standard Chimay trappist glass, nice color too. Leaves a strange aftertaste but maybe thatís me. I think now on Iíll stick to Leeís liquor because they know heat and light destroy beer and wine.. got this from Red Carpet Wine while searching for rare beers.
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Bottle dated May í02, enjoyed 4/9/05. Light golden pour. Very fizzy, with a bit of a sweet honey smell. Taste is a sweet white wine, a touch of vanilla and a suggestion of oak. Just a little bitterness and then tartness with a sugary finish. I found this at Foremost Liquors, being closed out at $2.99. Why? They surely know Belgians stay pretty good as they age. Maybe because the labels were different from year to year.
Another 2002 bottle, enjoyed 5/31/07. Just as nice as before. Just noting a bit of cork in the initial swig. Iíve had a previous bottle that went way too tart, but this is still nicely sweet, with a contrasting dry finish. Crazy world, huh? This had a different label that I hoped meant it was the Donkel, but it still says "Golden" on it.
pilsnerrogge (2491) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden with a small head. Nice lacework. Sweet acohol-filled aroma. Somewhat fruity beginning but the alcohol takes over pretty soon. Bitter finish. Too strong for its own good.
Sten (631) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A bitter-sweet taste, the alcohol is very well hidden for a beer that has 11%. But a bit to sweet.
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy pale gold colour with large white head. Aroma is fruity, barnyardy, grassy, spicey - nice. Alcohol is noticable in the taste, up front and in the finish, but Iím willing to forgive that at 11% and an otherwise nice taste at first bitter then sweet; citrusy and nicely complex. One of the better Belgian Strong Ale blondes.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/7/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 4/7/05. 2003 Vintage. Poured a lightly hazy golden tan with a fluffy, rocky, and slightly broken head. Lasts long in a thin cookie-like patty, spotted with rocky bubbles. Lacing sticks at first and then shatters and crumbles, but still maintains dense ribbons high atop the sides of the glass. Lemon pie crust nose, lightly sweet with mild, inviting honey, candied lemon peel, and something like angel food cake. Taste has yeasty and lightly doughy components. Some subtly sweet vanilla flavors too. Finish brightens and dries up on the swallow. Thereís background alcohol but generally really nice masking. Very drinkable for 11%. Medium-full body. Long, subtly humming finish with the mild yeast and vanilla, lightly dry and with still more hints of cake. Very damn good, and I think the extra year or so of aging helped to soften and refine this a little bit. Iíll have to get more.
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 33cl. Nice golden colour. Highly carbonated at the beggining (almost like champagne), with a beautiful white head that disappears fast. Mine wasnīt cold enough so the first impression was quite good but at the end, the fruitness was a little bit annoying. Nevertheless, a great beer. Be careful because the alcohol is very well hidden. Approved.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Thanks to Rick from Cavalier for sharing) 2001 bottle. Light golden color with a fizzy head. Very soft aromas with slightly sweet malt, a touch of grassy hops and spicy yeast. Great carbonation. Somehow soft yet prickly on the tounge. Malty and just a touch sweet. Ghost of yeast throughout. Good, but not great.
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, brewed anno 2004) Golden colour with a small frothy white head, quickly diminishing. Sweet malty aroma with notes of citrus and peach. Bittersweet flavour, malty and fruity taste. Nice finish of bitter lemon peels. Good alcohol management, not ostensible but heartwarming. Nice !