watchnerd (22) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very pilsner-like, not at all what you expect from most Belgian ales, and without much fruit or citrus elements. Cloudy, almost like a witbier, with a minimal head and llittle lace. Very dry. If you’re looking for a Belgian ale interpretation of a Pilsner, this should suit you. If you’re looking for a more typical Belgian taste, best to look elsewhere.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appears a hazy, straw toned gold with a huge, fluffy white head that retains for several moments before fading into a clumpy cap and a thick collar and sticky lacing.
Smell is of floraly perfume with yeasty, light earthy hops, and heavy hitting citrus that I wasn’t expecting.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some lemon zest and dried orange peel with some spices pulling through and a ton of bready yeast that seems to stick on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit overcarbonated, slightly astringent, semi-dry, and too hoppy and yeasty without much balance to me.
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden brew with a huge compact head. Fragrant nose of lemon and resiny hops. Good balance of hops, very refreshing, finish is slightly dry. Palate is expansive for a brew of 5%. Very well done, refreshing, yet complex. It is really is estivale (summer)!
bhensonb (11807) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cL bottle. Mild but sharp citrus hop aroma. Hazy orange tinged gold color with a lazy white head. Medium body with sharpish carbonation. Flavor of light malts overlaid with citrus bitter and a few fruit notes. There’s yeast, mild spice, and a very nice amount of bitter for the finish. It’s tart, but not sour. The bitter builds in the mouth. It’s really nice to drink.
KM (361) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Muddy pale brown body. White small head. Light sweet fruity aroma, a little sourish too. Fruity and bitter flavour. Feels very dry. A tad yeasty. Very good when you are thirsty. (Delirium Cafe, Brüssel, 15.12.07)
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Generously shared by TAR. Cloudy, golden straw colored pour with a large head of rocky white foam. The nose is clean, yet complex, accentuated by a restrained, clean bready malt sweetness, herbal hop bitterness, lemon zest, and mild black pepper spice. Light melon fruits and fleshy pear yeast esters add further enjoyment and complexity. Light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a supple, gentle texture. A clean, bready malt sweetness starts out the flavors before developing some of the interesting light fruity and peppery yeast characters. As it finishes, it develops a mild, drying tartness that transitions beautifully into a dry, bitter hop finish. Light, clean, wonderfully complex, refreshingly drinkable brew.
Diogène (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle Appearance: Cloudy gold with a thin white head and some lacing. Aroma: Dry malt, dry hops, herbal and floral hops and subtle notes of mint. Flavor: Crisp malt, herbal hops, yeast and a long bitter aftertaste. Pretty dry overall. Palate. Medium to full body with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable.
heemer77 (5138) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold body with an eggshell white head. The aroma is grassy with some sweat sock funk. I smell a hint of clove with some black pepper. Taste is light honey with some pears and cinnamon. More clove character comes though in the finish. The body is nice and light and this has s clean finish. Nicely made.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with an initially quite frothy, three-finger thick, pale off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my tulip glass & even recedes with some structured peaking to it. As I pour the brew a touch of light struck hop scent reaches my nose, nothing too bad & hopefully it will dissipate. My hope is confirmed when I finally get to exploring the aroma of this brew; it has a solid grassiness to it (influenced by both hop and pale grains), a fruity citrus character (lychee, apricot, candied tangelo peel) and a nice pale grain driven character of biscuits, fresh crushed soda crackers and an appetizing bread-like aroma. This has a really nice appetizing aroma; I really like the mix of the bread-like malt aromatics (the dominant note perhaps), grassy hop / grain notes and the soft, yet persistent super hop fruit character.
Light feeling as it hits the tongue & it has a nice, prickly, slight foamy carbonation to it. Quite dry tasting, but just a touch of sweetness that seems to be accentuated by the fruity hop notes. A nice, substantial pale malt character builds in intensity as it moves towards a dry, biscuit-like / soda cracker grain character that lingers on in the finish. Oh yeah, it is pretty hoppy too. A persistent, mouth coating bitterness is noticeable from the get go & it lingers on into a long, biting finish. While quite dry, some of the fruit / citrus notes characteristic of the American hops definitely still come through; flavors of kumquats, aromatic, dried apricots, piquant Curacao orange zest and tangelo peel are all noticeable. There is also a grassy undercurrent that is accentuated by both the malt and hop usage. The yeast character supplies a light tartness, some esters / phenolics that definitely accentuates the grassy notes in the beer, a sort of cotton-mouth thing ; really this seems like a nice rustic Saison-type yeast here, though at times it can be hard to pick it out.
This beer is very drinkable, the 750ml bottle just seems to be disappearing. I could perhaps wish for a little more yeast complexity, but really the ample hop & great malt character wouldn’t come through nearly as well.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating off a pile of forgotten notes. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Light body, moderate carbonation. Taste is predominated by malt and hops. Crisp finish with an astringent aftertaste.