wxman (1414) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, though not cloying, with banana esters and perhaps some citrus. Warming alcohol feeling, but not in the taste. Odd but interesting flavors and nose I’m sure are atributable to the Belgian yeasts. A very tasty and satisfying tripel that is as good as Piraat, but a couple of bucks cheaper for the 750 ml bottle.
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml served in a Duvel tulip. Clear golden pour with a nice persistent head and lacing everywhere. Yeasty, musty aroma. First sip is a mouthfull of booze. (not a bad thing.. I sure dont drink beer for the water content) Sweet yeasty, doughy flavors with a note of banana. A little spicy, but no one flavor dominates other than the alcohol. A somewhat winey character. Dries out in the finish. An interesting beer with a real kick, and much easier to drink than you would expect of an 11% ale. Bought the 4-pack for 11.99 at the local bottle shop. Cheers!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, dated 12-04. Pours murky gold without any real head. Aroma of alcohol drenched tropical fruits. Drinks the same way, some substantial sweetness, a lot of heat. But not horrible. Way too hot for me to say it has any grace. I wonder what would be if they knocked this down 2%ABV? May be even boozier than Westmalle, which this tried to copy.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a near-filtered golden hay robe protrude bubblegummy esters on moist forest floors. Alcohol is well-hidden for its size.
Alcohol sometimes splashes within a weizen-like bubblegum sweetness. Light lemon rinds and yeast flakes float in the meager, but smooth body.
A quiet muscle man without much to say.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong alcohol, bubblegum incense-like cedar woodiness, sweet malts and a sulfurous note in the aroma. Very clear, pale, golden-coloured body with decent white head that recedes to generous cover with patchy lacing. Sweet malts and pie-crust like doughy yeast flavours are simple but enjoyable. Fair note of alcohol and definite alcohol warming. Medium body but somewhat still and plain in the mouth. Bottle (Best Before 12/06) enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden-amber pour is moderately carbonation thus possesses a light diminishing white head. Strong heating nose is quite spicy and hoppy. Balance is fine, but I give myself the right to expect a bit more depth in an 11% belgian strong. Hops come out resiny while generous yeastiness procures licorice like flavors. Citrusy flavor profile with hot honey and bubblegum flavors that becomes drier as the hops kick in. Spicy touch contributes to the flavor balance but don’t dream of drinking a 330mL to yourself unless you like the feeling of your lips stuck together. Medium body presents tingly carbonation. Globally a good beer, though inferior to the sum of its parts.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick blond beer with the color of honey and a lively caracter. It has a fluffy white head and an intens aroma. The nose is malty, sweet, nutty (cachuwnuts), honeyed and round. The taste smooth and warm (Alcohol). In the taste you can find hints of sweet corn, honey, malts peache sirup and a little hops.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 99’- Cloudy Blonde color, sweet fruit smell. Fizzy on the tongue with a sharp after taste.
jgb9348 (4692) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden coloured body with a super-thin fast dying white head. Aroma of yeast, coriander seed, malt and honey. Effervescent malt with honey, coriander seed, wheat and a small herbal taste. Light-bodied; Aftertaste clean and fresh-some grass and yeast in the palate. Not great nor bad. Overall, a nice trip-definitely good to try! I sampled this 75 cL bottle, purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia by my brother-in-law Andy on 24-December-2004.
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Bottled. A hazy copper coloured beer with a large white head which leaves sporadic thick lacing. The aromas are alcohol, spices and sugars, and the flavours are thick alcohol, sugars and a bit of warm stewed banana. Score 3.6
Subsequent ratings scored 3.9 and 4.5. Average becomes 4.0