haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Attractive golden body, white-ish head with some stamina, sweet smack on the lips almost balanced with a hoppy finish. Hints at better things but doesn’t make good on it’s potential.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. medium head with good lacing. golden yellow colour. taste is well balanced and goes down remarkably smooth considering higher alcohol content.
GregClow (2901) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden-amber colour with a creamy white head. Aroma is pleasantly yeasty and fruity. Good body with nice carbonation. Flavour has a good balance of honeyish sweetness and dry, citric hops. Less complex than many Belgian ales, but for what is essentially a macro version of the style, it’s nothing to sneeze at.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured a nice golden with a bid white lasting head and good lacing.aroma yeasty, fruity, hops. flavor strange sweetness maybe honey, alcohol. Palate is smooth with a hint of bitterness at the end
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is nice enough, a dark golden color with an egg white head that is somewhat retained. Aroma is somewhat of a mystery to me as about all I detected was a very light hop presence and a tiny bit of fruit. Underwhelming to say the least. Very muted flavors, also. This one is definetely not connecting for me. Way below the average Belgian.
madquacker (1045) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2004
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A bit too fuzzy and fruity for my palate. Underlying tones of rotting garbage behind a lemony fizziness. A novelty but thats about it.
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Buena cerveza aunque ha empeorado un poco (Ultimamente les ponen demasiado gas a las cervezas, me imagino que para que duren mas tiempo)
pootzboy (1591) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The only thing that stands out about this beer in context of the Euro mega brews is that is incredibly well balanced. Just enough hop bitterness to offset the honey sweetness of the malt...otherwise this would be a very sweet beer. Certainly a commercialized toned down representation of an abbey.
Poured a gold color with lots of effervescence and a large white head that stays for most of the drink. Aromas of sweet fruits and a hint of alcohol. Starts very crisp because of the effervescence then sits with a substantial body to the palate with good balance of hop and sweet malts, finishes with a lingering sweet taste (I wanted to describe it as "bubblegum") but it defies my vocabulary to describe.
This is a euro mega brew with some abbey characteristics but with a more smooth drinkability.
I will buy some to take over to friends for a supper if they are not used to stronger abbey beers.
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was somewhat more balanced than in the bottle, less sweet-bitter. Light yellow, good nose.
The yeast is there and sticking in the retaining head. Orangy and cloves are for teas not beer
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 I like this better than many, apparently. Pours with a frothy, white head, moderate-low carbonation; fruity, doughy aroma; tangy, fruity, lighty malty-sweet and somewhat dry finishing abbey ale, tastes a little like a German pils without the bitter hopping. Not huge on flavor or complexity, but quite drinkable and delicious, a session Belgian. Like the Brune alot better, though. Not sure why this gets such low ratings by many....oh, yea, it’s an Interbrew......