Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Besides beautiful beer, Belgium can be proud of bringing into being another exceptional invention, the saxophone, courtesy of Adolphe Sax. So, I lift this glass and raise it to Bird, Lester, Coleman, Coltrane, Sonny, Ornette, "the Jug", and the other giants of the golden horn.
Straw gold color, half opaque, immense head, incredible effervescence...gorgeous.
Nose is mostly spice and a little sidecar of fruit, pleasurable enough for repeated sniffs...airy, angelic...lovely.
Taste? Iíd say "yum", but Iíve run that into the ground lately...big, juicy citric flavor matched with tingly spice (cardomom, coriander, ?) Ripe fruit, develops beyond citrus into peach,. apricot....delicious.
Mouthfeel is warm, full, if finally fading, and always replete with flavor, a ciric kick, and zesty effervescence. Never tastes like 8% abv, until the end...you want another, and another, but itíll make you feel it tomorrow!
All in all, a very satisfying golden ale..
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl. bottle. Crystal clear, light golden color with a small white head. Earthy,
yeasty aroma with some citrus and banana. Flavor was initially mildly sweet,
then turns somewhat tart. Coriander, citrus, malt and freshly baked bread are the flavors that stand out to me. Very good.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small Bottle served in Orval Chalice
Hazy golden with a thick fluffy head that settles to a island right above the carbonation point etched in the stem.
Yeasty chamomile aroma. The taste is strong alcohol almost malt liquor like.
Strong yeast flavor and very dry. I think
it was a little past its prime ( i could not find a date on the bottle)
jefcon (1592) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color of rich spun gold, slightly opaque. White foamy head. Aromas of french toast and some citrus. A slightly sweet taste gives way to gentle hops, malts and a nutty finish. Again, all the components of french toast are present. If it were lighter, the beer would have many of the same characteristics of a sauvignon blanc. My only complaint is a little too much carbonation -- which isnít the brewerís fault here. Not astringent in the least, complex and deep. A great beer I enjoyed very much.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy golen colour with a lasting head.Really good sweet aroma,(Caramel,fruity?) Great beer,hides its alcohol really well,cant fault it.Could sit and drink this all night!(Probably find the wife behind the door with the rolling pin though!!)
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice head with a creamy sheet of head & lacing lasting to the end of the glass. Aroma is just slightly faint for a Belgian, with yeasty lemon meringue dominating. Like most Belgians Saxo is very intense on the palate. A specific pattern is followed here: sweetness on the front, bitterness in the middle and alcohol at the rear. But for the complexity of the body the flavor of this beer seems rather simple, with nothing much dynamic to speak of: a strong fruity element dominates and yeastiness is evident (as with most any Belgian blond ale); there may also be some spicy black-pepper and ginger analogues in there too. Finish is very fruity. Not the best Blond but still a commendable work product.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Bright, light luminous gold in color, cloudy and bubbly with a humungous snowy fast-dissipating topping...nose lusciously full of banana, mango, passion fruit with a light wheaty-sourdough bready tartness for balance...sweet, light on the tongue, honeyish at the front with no discernible alcohol, crisp and tart through to the finish with medium just-right carbonation. Lovely.
PorterPounder (6898) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whole Foods, Austin, Tx, 12 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark golden with a fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Yeasty aroma with some soft lemon accents. Flavor has a bit of a spicy bent to it, with notes of coriander. Detect a faint bit of bubblegum and banana as well. Sits well. Mouthfeel is thick enough and it finsihes strong. A most delectable little Belgian.
leaparsons (9497) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy gold with an off-white head. Aromas are sweet candy and spices. Flavours are dry and spicy with pears and apricots. Has a nice foam in the mouth palate and a decent sparkle. Dry on the finish. A solid Belgian beer.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best Before 03/2006, 750ml bottle, Sampled January 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear straw gold color that is topped by a pale cream colored head that is held aloft by a large bubbled carbonation. The aroma is softly sharp, with herbal notes of lemon grass, fresh cut clover, and a fresh citrus character. The citrus notes are the strongest part of the aroma.
The taste is lightly sweet, yet dry, and fairly effervescent, as the beer lightly dances across the tongue from the carbonation. This beer finishes with a sharp bitterness, a bit of a biting astringency and a carbonic acid bite. Each of these notes help to balance the sweet fruity character found at the front of this beer. The beer has a light lemon-like citrus fruit character to it, but it also has some light herbal grassy notes to it as well. I get notes of vanilla, dandelions, a hint of mint (how quaint), and an herbal note that has, among other things, a component of basil.
This beer is quite tasty, and is really well balanced between the various beery components. Each of the 4 beers that I have tried from this brewery have been great, I highly recommend any brew from these guys. This is one of the best golden ales that I have ever had.