HogTownHarry (5918) - 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 (5883) - 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 havenít 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 itís one of the beers that turned me into tasty beers. Itís always hard to say farewell to an old love. But itís easier when you realize that the old love is really a chubby Wal-Mart cashier with bad teeth.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 28, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
pretty bad stuff. tastes of stale yoghurt and batteries with a drop or 2 of metho
drowland (5719) - 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 (5662) - 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 (5609) - 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.
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.
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.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large, bubbly head, which dissipates quickly. smells quite earthy and a bit peppery aswell as citrus scented detergent, and perhaps green apples. Taste is kind of a mix between, caramel, citrus, soap, yeast and peppery spice, then the bitter hoppiness kicks in at the end, quite dry aswell. Not as good as Duvel, but i guess its OK.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear gold color, green bottle, poor head. aroma is yeasty, bread, banana, clove. Zesty and overcarbonated mouthfeel with some fruit esters in the finish. Dry and slightly bitter. An overall easy to drink belgian with a slight skuky aftertaste once you've drank quite a bit of it.