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10% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Full bodied, medium strong, gold coloured beer, with a rich honey-like texture, and a pleasant warming, slightly hoppy-dry lingering aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2003
This Belgian strong ale has a cloudy, golden color with a big, rocky, white head that is fully lasting. The aroma is fruity and spicy with some hoppiness and a mild, malty sweetness evident. It has a medium body with lively carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between the intense fruitiness, maltiness, and hoppiness. Apples, pears, and apricots all are evident in the flavor. The finish is long and fruity, with a nice, floral hop burst. The alcohol is well hidden. A great ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Golden colour, sweet middle and dry finish. Rich, complex belgian beer. A little young when I had it and lacked integration of it's flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7772) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2003
Hazy, honeyish colour. Very thick white head, rather regular. Going down lacey. Liqueurish nose, herbal, grassy hops, candi sugar, whiff of ureum. Taste is exaggerated liquorice. Some caramel malt and even burnt malt, despite the colour. Agressive, unhoppy bitterness, at odds with the nose. Yeasty too. Retronasal I seem to detect some coriandre, but faint - no other spices. Dry, very much so. Alcohol at last. Slick mouthfeel. Quite bland, less impressive than most of their beers. But not really undeserving. Could do with a nice hoppy boot in the backside.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Good Belgian ale. Big foamy head. Spicy, hoppy, and citric flavor. Finishes crisp, dry, and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2003
Cloudy orange in color, thick, coarse eggshell colored head. Candy, spice aroma. Very fruity and acidic in the taste....the finish was very powerful, lots of alcohol in the back of the palate....not bad, but the taste needed something more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
Bottle, from jbrus. The main word that comes to mind when thinking of this beer is S-P-I-C-E, and I'm not talking about a sattelite TV channel. Golden color, huge head. Spice, Luby's rolls, and yeast all prominent in the flavor. Dry, clean finish that leaves you wanting more. Nice!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
A robust golden blonde color gleaming with sunshine. I found a lot of pepper and spice in the aroma. A nice combo of spices, yeasts, malts, that give it kind of an acidic, spicey, slightly bile like qualities, but it finishes like a champ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Active upon opening, but only forms a thin head in the glass. Thick sweet aroma of citrus and spices. Hazy golden yellow like melted butter. Fruity qualities up front are replaced with a spicy bite and a rounded hoppy finish. The alcohol is not disguised but not overbearing either. Good warmer on a cold night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2003
330 ml Bottle conditioned ale. Colour of wheat with a full head. Quite spiced and very yeasty, could be that the barmaid poured it a bit quick. Flowery and perfumed, could be the barmaid again. Just too much alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 750mL bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, most lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with light notes of lemon zest, pepper, and Juicy Fruit gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A good, clean, strong golden ale. Nothing flashy or adventurous here, but for a strong golden ale it’s exceptionally clean smelling/tasting and frighteningly quaffable (amazingly well-hidden alcohol). Would easily put this up against nearly any 9-11% Belgian golden...some may have more exciting aromas, but few are so elegant and efficiently put together.

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