RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bubbly long-lasting head over a pretty golden ale. Pepper and buuble gum in the aroma. Fruity/yeasty/spicy flavors in a fairly complex brew. Sparkling mouthfeel and a decidedly bitter hop finish.
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is complex and unique. It smells like bubble gum, cloves, floral hops, malt, yeast, pepper, and fruit. The appearance is golden and the head is large. The flavor is as unique as the aroma with many of the same qualities. The taste of bubble gum, spices, bread like malt and yeast, as well as a fruity flavor that is hard to define, are all in there. Also, the alcohol and hops are quite assertive in this one. Palate is weak for the style but its smooth. Aftertaste is bitter and yeasty with some lingering fruitiness. Even though this has all the makings of a really good beer (except for the bubble gum) the flavors just don’t seem to come together well and it falls short of being a really good beer, but its still above average.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s smells wonderful, I just wish it would smell more!
Fantastic yeasty, spicy aroma, with frutiness and hoppiness.
Weak flavour of...beer.
A bit watery for a Belgian, it probably would taste fantastic without filtering.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with thick white lasting head. Yeast and pepper aromas. yeasty taste with a touch of citric flavours and bread. A nice beer.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This is standard faire for a Belgian Ale - golden colored with a big-bubbled head. The nose is a bit salty or peppery, and the taste is mostly over-sweet, bready malts with a bit of a bitterness that certainly doesn’t stick around long enough to lend any complexity to the brew. The mouthfeel is thin, but this is disguised by a heavy carbonation that tickles the tongue. Think: liquid baguette.
Tristan (14) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice tasting beer, once again belgian, my favourite style, goes down well, good choice
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Amber, thick white head. Sweet aroma. Medium body and texture. Medium carbonation and a sweet finsih. Hints of honesy and lemon but still sugary.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear gold colour with thick off white head. Tangy yeast nose. Tangy sweet yeast taste with dry bread finish.
DanielBrown (3927) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Drift, Moseley, Birmingham. Finally rated this paradigm-shifting (in Britian anyway) Belgian perennial. Better than I remember: light, fizzy, with honey and lemon tones. Sweet, perhaps a little too sweet, but crisp and quite drinkable for the strength. A good fallback option.
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Leffe blond is probably the most representative belgian beer around. A very interesting honey flavor.