CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Subtle aroma, looks a bit naff, tastes kinda thin but bubbly. Bitter in a chalky feel.
Minimal spice. Doesn’t feel like a high alcohol beer. You have to check the bottle to make that it really said 8%.
Still, pretty good.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very spicy, a bit rough on the palate, you can feel the alcohol going down. Not exactly a top notch BSA but passable.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 Re-Rate 01/17/04:
The beer pours a transpicuous gold color with a mountainous bright white head; the texture is spumous in texture with the remaining lace a thin white veil to conceal the glass. Malt dominates the nose, lightly sweet with a fresh crispness, a smidgeon of yeast, pleasant as noses go, start is decently malted and sweet, top is middling in feel. Finish is dastardly acidic, the hops are delightful in their spiciness, desert bone dry and long lasting the aftertaste, also a bit of belly warming, a decent beer, can’t say it’s a favorite, but drinkable nonetheless.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Ale. Nice balance of spice, fruit and hop flavor. Finishes with a nice clean crisp bitter taste.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 750ML bottle, no date: White fizzy head that quickly settles to a thin tiny bubbled one. Cloudy straw color, huge spicy, yeasty aroma that is certainly this brews high point. Fizzy mouthfeel and way too much alcohol when you swallow. 8%ABV?? I would have guessed 10! A beer to try and enjoy, but not love. Not as good as the sum of its parts.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This has a pale ale quality, but is not really impressive.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
No. A very hot Belgian. Has that ’rubbing alcohol/Sea Breeze’ taste. It also has those big ugly bubbles in the head that I hate. As soon as I see those bubbles, I know that the beer is gonna suck.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really didn’t get much out of this beer, as I was several sheets to the wind and just taking swigs straight from the bottle. Even in my drunken state I could taste that it was a strong belgian with a lot of spice.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reminded me of a Hennepin....I am not a fan of the golden belgian style....just too spicy.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was probably the second most disappointing Belgian I’ve ever had, second only to Stella Artois. Grainy taste, not nearly as assertive or hoppy as other Belgians.