Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
JorisPPattyn (7772) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good Belgian ale. Big foamy head. Spicy, hoppy, and citric flavor. Finishes crisp, dry, and warming.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!!
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.