mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy. Light brown with a huge head. Big malt aroma and flavor. Not just big...HUGE malt presence. Very creamy. Nice. Not exceedingly complex. Quite easy drinking for such a big beer.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Slightly hazy deep amber liquid with a lasting, tiny bubbled off white head. Floral and fruity(blueberries) at first w/ some slight plum. Malty, bready yeast, faint clove, lemon peel citrus and hints of ginger aromas in the finish of the nose; very nice complexity; Alcohol hidden from the aroma for 9%. Very well balanced, finishes on the malty sweet side, but just slightly. Malty, plums, and lemon citrus flavor seem to come through first then a slight alcohol flavor after, but very well hidden. It also has a little leathery flavor in the finish and aftertaste as well as a slight bitterness that compliments the malt very well. Medium full body and well carbonated with a warming alcohol mouthfeel, very smooth and clean. No astringency or prickly carbonation. Overall a very well made beer. I like this beer! I really, really do! Very smooth and easy to drink. Bad combo for a high ABV beer though. The only minor drawback is that the nose is more complex than the palate. I was expecting more flavors since the nose was so complex, but I still like it.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 Big nose full of orange, peach, and iron. Moderatre carbonation. Very sweet on the palate with a load of tropical flavors. This beer reminds me of a dark belgian wheat beer cut from the same cloth as Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit. I find the La Binchoise to much better than the hff. I find this beer to be a good dessert beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this poured a golden orange which my notes describe as "nice"...the head was big bubbled..the aroma was yeasty, orangish...with..and i was drunk when i wrote this..notes of little league jock strap and citrusy mandarine oranges and tangerines..the flavor was subtly musty, with notes of orange soda, yeast, chewy apricots, alcohol heat, and some fresh orange flesh
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An orange color. The aroma is of metal...pennies. So was the flavor. Overpowering with pennies and some malt flavor.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definetly oranges, spicy like Lipton Brisk tea. A nice change of pace from other Belgian Strong Ales. Somewhat dry finish. Medium amber body, small, bubbly head. A little heavy on the carbonation, but leaves a nice flavor in your mouth.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much of a head, but a nice burnt orange color. The aroma is like oranges and lemon peels. The citrus character manifests in the flavor as well, along with some cloves, peaches and oak. Yeasty, malty finish. Light and easy to drink.
The Etruscan (465) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Weak white head. Orange slightly cloudy color. Complex aroma is malty, floral (roses) with strong spicy notes. Flavour is complex too, floral with tones of candy fruits. Finish is sweet and fruity. Medium to full bodied.
I bought several bottles last summer at the little brewery in Binche, Belgium.
Ernest (5925) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber, dense particles of all sizes, bottle
conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), lighty yeasty
(cobwebs), with notes of orange, peach, coriander, and clove. Flavor is
moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly
acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, watery (almost velvety)
texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pleasant, enjoyable,
clean, well-hidden alcohol, but surprisingly light on flavor aside from
the sweetness. The aroma could use a little more energy too.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper with medium tan head. Aroma is sweet, pepper and spicy. Taste is floral sweet, almost like having a fragrant bouquet in your mouth. Also some peach (and orange without the tang) fruitiness. Nice beer, quite enjoyable for sipping.