jonas (5658) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty and vineous aroma.
Red golden, blanket head.
"dark" and full taste - but also some fusel and alcohol in the taste. The soft refreshing exit is really the only thing that would make this a blonde.
JorisPPattyn (7940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold-amber colour, clear. yellowish head, slowly disappearing but lacy. Alcohol nose, dry, candi-sugar, nearly syrupy - and also something like dried moss. taste is very dry-sweet (candi-sugar again), slightly citrus-rind. Lots of alcohol, alcohol-burn, sugar becomes cloying. More of the same in the aftertaste. Unimpressive.
RichardGretton (4251) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Syrupy beer with a foamy head. The aroma is a mixture between malts and burnt notes, which initially is not pleasant. The flavour is very malt orientated but with a hint of English beer hoppyness. Overall a weak effort for a biere de garde.
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
french countryside aroma. i just found it too sweet to really be enjoyable drinking
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2003 Nice golden hue with large creamy head--patchy spotted lace...Aroma is at once perfumy-sweet and lightly hoppy--an unusual combination, to say the least! Hops enter the taste door first, followed by a soft flowery sweetness...Controlled carbonation adds a spritely quality to the balance...Body is medium-light, and while there is a some counterbalancing of elements, these elements don't quite mesh together...However, this is most interesting for its floral profile...
fiulijn (14771) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2003 [Rerate] Blond ale, poor head, poor aroma, just a little malty, simple flavour, sweet, not enough malty; really light palate.
[22-05-2002, 5-3-6-2-11]: gold ale. Sweet aroma, some malt, lightly corky. Sweet, some body, without malt taste. Poor palate, with only a few hops.
Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body
is hazy dark yellow, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread, cookie), lightly hoppy
(citrus - lemon), moderately yeasty (barnyard), with notes of sour
apple, alcohol, and cask wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately
acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic,
lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly
alcoholic. Yeast plays too big a role here, in both aroma and
aftertaste, clobbering what otherwise might be a nice ale.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Corked bottle: pop, pause, oops, it’s foaming up, better start decanting! Pours with a big white head, golden body (a touch darker than in the picture to the left), sweet herbal/spicy nose, inviting. First sips have a metallic character, but sweet with a bit of woodiness. Body comes off a bit flat, but the metal disappeared after a few sips. I do get the peaches others mentioned, but this one doesn’t quite work for me.
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweetish, cellar-like, woody.
TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best before May, 03. Odd looking bubbles that form well-retained, creamy chunked foam. Hazy blonde color. Aroma is most unique, including berries, medicine, alcohol, tonic water, spice, and barnyard notes. Mouth burning effervescence. Moderately complex flavors of grass, candied malts, and a firm, herbal malt backdrop. Spices and nuts become evident as this warms. Finishes dry and very long with medicine, tonic edge, and malt lingering. Not a world classic, but this will most certainly suffice for the Summer.