Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Bottle (BB Apr/10). Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (basement, mold), with light notes of plastic and pineapple juice. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A beginner’s strong golden ale, if that makes any sense. Simple aroma with a few minor off notes, simple and light/sweet flavor balance. Not much going on here.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (330ml). Via trade with pintbypint. Poured cloudy orange-gold with a large fizzy-foamy white lasting head. Aroma of sharp yeast, alcohol, banana, lemon zest, coriander, black pepper and other spices - nice blond strong Belgian nose. Much maltier tasting - somewhat sugary - quite peppery and bitter (quite a lot of hops), with yeast and lemon going along with the spices - nothing special, but solidly drinkable. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, sharply bitter and sticky - I really quite enjoyed this - Belgian lawnmower beer?
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Basic Belgian strong blonde ale lacking hops and with too much alcohol presence.
How: 330ml bottle (I doubt it was a fresh bottle given the brewery situation)
The look: Clear blonde body but with lots of big chunks of yeast. Long-lasting medium white head leaving good lacing.
In long: Sticky honeyed malts, moderately sweet. Fruity notes of sweet peachy dessert and some apple juice. Light unidentified spiciness, just tickling spiciness. Alcohol presence is more than it should be. I used to drink it very often but last bottle was a few years ago. I remember it being more floral and hoppy than that. Bad memory? The beer has changed? Bottle not fresh? A very simple beer. Very drinkable but nothing I haven’t had 1000 times before. A failed Duvel wannabe. After learning that Riva is going belly-up I had to hunt it down and drink it one last time. Many years ago it’s one of the beers that turned me into tasty beers. It’s always hard to say farewell to an old love. But it’s easier when you realize that the old love is really a chubby Wal-Mart cashier with bad teeth.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had typical Belgian strong ale characteristics but just not right on mark. I was a little disappointed by this baby.
downender (5842) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Very similar to Duvel. Slightly hazy gold with a big white head. sweet malt and spice aroma. Flavour also inclined towards sweetness with a good, bitter finish. Enjoyable.
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml corked bottle served in my Duval snifter (for which Dr. Evil would be happy) :
Display a beautiful crystal clear golden hue with a initial large fizzy head which fades but never disappears, good lacing as well. The aroma has notes of fresh citrus and apple, clean european bittering hops and some spicy hops too, a touch of candi sugar and honey lingering about. The taste starts with a malty and sugary sweetness followed by a run of the mill grassy bitterness. The undertone of mango, grapefruit, and apple does provide some depth that leads to a lightly peppery and vanilla finish. The feel is quite lively and snappy and the alcohol is well hidden yet I find myself wanting a little more heft from the brew. An just okay beer and would almost be a session ale if not for the ABV. Has many have stated, this is no Duval (but few Belgian Strongs are). Well, time to rinse out the glass and pour the real stuff in there.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8.5, another duvel clone?? Well, not really
..The big thing here is that the alcohol is masked much better than duvel, but the similarities end there....
Light honey wheat smell...
medium bodied fizzy head, that leaves some noticeable lacing...
witbier type light yellow cloudy appearance...
Taste is mainly a honey bitterness with not much complexity, but that can be a neutral- a starter belgian but most people with some good beer background will find this lacking...
an enjoyable easy drinking beer (man,. how often do i say that!?!)
but it really isn’t anything that special...
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is cidery, spicey, yeasty. Taste has more yeast and spice with some fruit kicking in, alcohol well hidden for the strength.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear straw color with minimal head. Decent smell of black pepper, dry malts, earthy yeast. Nice dry malt flavor with earthy yeasty spices that are lightly sweet. Enjoyedthis one. 62606
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at peculiar pub. what with all this bubbly lettering and the devil in the back, makes this dude looks like a cameo in an austin powers flick, maybe his fork turns to flower. anyway. Golden body with a white head. Aroma is sweet malt, citrus, belgian spiciness and yeast. Flavor is a warm etoh hop kicked belgian ale. Some subtle dark fruit in the back mixed into the malt character. eh.