beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale pours with a dark gold color. When poured, a fairly substantial white foam head is produced, but not so great as Piraat Ale (10.5% ABV) or Augustijn Ale (8.0% ABV) from the Van Steenberge brewery of Ertvelde, Belgium. This is a live beer, and since secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle, there is a relatively high amount of carbonation. This is also a beer style that will cellar well (if stored at appropriate temperatures) and it will actually improve with age. The incredible fact about this beer is that it has a 15 year shelf life! (Forget those ’born on’ dates!) This is a big beer -- 11% ABV is a big number -- but the alcohol is not so overwhelming. This beer is actually quite easy to drink. Dare I say it? It can even be guzzled. The nose has a honey-malt sweetness. The palate is malty, sweet, filled with butterscotch and complex hop flavors, mellowed by a nutty, vanilla edge.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A true contender for the best beer in the world. Deep, sharp, mellifluous. About the best thing you could drink before bed--heaven in a glass.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice smell of yeast; washed-out yellow color with medium head; definite alcohol taste - not nearly as complex as others of this type I've tried
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one was solid overall, very smooth and almost champagne tasting, hides the alcohol well. Tastes are subtle, with light spice and tart throughout, very different from other belgians I have had in that it had a high degree of crisp flavor. Good stuff.
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This fizzy blonde reminds me of a fizzy blonde I once knew. A great start to New Year’s Eve. 2011 will bring, hopefully, more fizzy blondes. 5 on the palate, if you know what I mean.
g_georgiou (165) - CYPRUS - FEB 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head. Carbonation looks very lively. Caramel, banana, some other fruit maybe apricot. Medium sweet taste. The carbonation is not as crazy as I expected from the looks of it but still quite fizzy. Alcohol leaves you with a warm feeling which is good because it lets you know this is a strong beer in case you forget after a few sips.
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 0.33l bottle at home. Yellow with almost no head. Some lacing though. Aroma is very light fruity and some spicy hint. Aroma is more intense as beer warmes up-gets more spicy. Quite spicy taste in the beginning and malty at the end. Alcohol is quite present. It is a nice triple.
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 wasn´t 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.
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from Total Wine Tampa - very sweet and fruity, orange, coriander and other spices - maybe too sweet but pretty dirink and hides the alcohol