Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, in Cyprus.
A redundancy rate that I had to use on this occasion. The selection in Cyprus was thin to say the very least and I’d been passing this by for a year choosing instead to take the more difficult rates first whilst they were there. Clear golden body with a medium to large head, dissipating. Coriander aroma that transitioned through to the flavour, accompanied by transient malt notes that could easily be missed if you weren’t paying attention.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 A touch too sweet - something just isn't wonderful here. Looks great, smells good, but a touch too fruity. Worse on draft as well.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color: a clear gold.
Head: a nice, fluffy white.
Aroma: sharp with spicy notes, sweet with citrus and fruit, peach, apricot. Palate is sweet and smooth, with full malt. Hops are playing it cool, but give a nice little tingle on the tongue. Light body, low carbonation, good texture.
Overall, uncomplicated, fine, delicious, if unremarkable.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 For an abbey it's a bit better then average but it's lacking in flavour and fairly one dimensional.
Jazzy (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite Pale Abbey Beer so far. Pours a golden body with a very fluffy white head. A slight smokey aroma that gives way to an extremely well hidden fruity bouquet of aromas. Taste is similar- with nice wheat, bananas and apples. Full bodied, very smooth and pleasant.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden-orange body and silky white head. Nice esters in the nose. Citrus, bananas, yeast, and bread feature prominently. An enjoyable beer that exceeded my expectations.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Sharp Edge, Pittsburgh. Dry fruity nose. Soft, semi-spicy, goes down rounded and smooth.
r464 (1970) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold in color with a white bubbly head. A bit fruity and light with a classic belgian taste. Not bad as a session ale in the Belgian style.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, soft, smooth and creamy; malts are a little sugary, with dry hops and spices. A nice light Belgian - would be fine for everyday drinking and with food. On tap at The Sharp Edge, Pittsburgh.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a large, white head. Lightly fruity aroma, with a grassy and orangey hop element. Light to medium body, moderately carbonated. Not a flavour powerhouse, but notes of fruit, some spice, and a late, dry hoppiness. There are many beers that are better, but many more that are worse. If all beers were mass-produced, this would be pretty good; but they aren’t, and this isn’t. Weak in character and complexity, but not offensive.