pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml from NW Island Bay. exp 4/1/9. A really excellent blonde. Not as sweet as some others and it has a delicate floral hops taste and smell.
drfabulous (6178) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Always lovely. Always a pleasure. Get out the tulip glass. Fill it a quarter way. Enjoy the light hops, the sweet taste, the amazing joy of drinking Belgian.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer claims to be a golden ale... more like a strong saison. Excellent though, very drinkable, not even a hint of alcohol, so balanced... the bitterness doesn’t stand out more than anything else, just a beautiful drink. Wish I could remember the exact description but I tasted too many afterward. Lets just say it was my favorite belgian of the night!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, beer doesn’t get much better to look at than this. Brilliant tangerine pour with mounds of white bubbles that settle in picture-perfect lace. Bright sweet spices--lots of nutmeg, coriander, vanilla, a touch of menthol and earthiness. Smells like an early May day. Clean, gentle rose-petal sweetness. Delicate palate with well-hidden strength--just a hint of alcohol warming. The spicy character lingers pleasantly on the tongue. This is a fine ale! Lots of the things that make me feel irrationally sentimental about the beers that come from Belgium are represented in this beer.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
here is a beer that is better than the sum of its parts.
Weak aroma, weak appearance, weak flavor, but the overall effect is fantastic. It is an invigorating beer with a strong after-presence. That’s right after-presence - not a taste really but a sense of strength and seriousness.
I find this beer appeallingly mysterious and yet unexpectedly simple
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a capped 750 ml. green bottle with a blurb and serving instructions on the back of bottle, sampled at cellar temperature in a La Chouffe chalice.
Poured a cloudy golden hued orange with a foamy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, small amount of ringed sticking.
Aromas of clove, coriander, sweet malts, a light apricot fruitiness and peppery, earthy and herbal hops.
Good carbonation and a crisp, dry, a bit zesty on the tongue, smooth lightish medium bodied mouthfeel.
Different, but delicious tasting, coriander spicy, clove, a soft fruitiness, apricots, pears and a slight sour green apple, a nice soft bitterness from the earthy, peppery spicy hops and a dry herbal and sweet pilsener malt finish, very good drinkability.
This is a really tasty and balanced Belgian ale, one of my personal favorites, if you are just starting to explore Belgian ales, I would recommend trying this.
shigadeyo (3611) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Dark orange in color, slight haze, not too much carbonation. Slight fruit flavor to it (oranges/apples/pear?), semi-sweet maltiness, but I didn’t get too much spice out of it. Full body (slightly heavier on the palate than expected) and pretty smooth. This beer is well blended and the alcohol is also well hidden. Over all very good, but I didn’t find anything overly special about this one. I will have to pick it up in a bottle and try it again sometime. Maybe it isn’t as good on draught.
Draught, $6.25 at the Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods). Rating: 5 4 7 3 14 = 3.3
UPDATE: Sampled again on 10/17/2006 at River’s Bend -- Thanks Matt! -- Poured from a bottle. Clear golded orange color with a fluffy white head. Generous amount of carbonation. Aroma and flavor are sweet, fruity, with a little hint of yeast. Slighly dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Much better than my first encounter.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured an orangeish-amber with a massive, foamy head. Nice balance of hoppiness and apples. Had some underlying malitness that balanced the beer out nicely. Left great lacing in the glass.
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. Light orange with a white head, unclear. Aroma moderate/heavy malty, apple, citrus/orange, light hoppy. Flavor moderate/heavy sweet, light bitter. Light/medium body, oily, soft carbonated. You can fell the strength.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 750. Pours a hazy orange with fluffy white head. Nose is big on spices from the yeast and hops. Flavor follows the nose. Palate is smooth with a dry bitter finish.