Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Until someone can figure out how to make a beer that tastes like Westy, New Belgium is the best US/Canada maker of Belgian ales. I like the Grand Cru even better.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall, a fresh cut fruit salad kind of aroma (canteloupe?) initially and then still as it warms. The same mouth freshness as well. Pretty clear alcohol presence, but not terribly so or that out of style. Less yeasty than other dubbels. Interesting take.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The abbey is a pleasant beer, but it lacks complexity. Seems to get a lot of its oomph from candi sugar, which makes it sweeter and thinner than I enjoy.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A complex and pleasing dubbel. Unfortunately I drank mine too fast without getting some good notes. Ends sweet and was a joy to drink. Thanks Gusler!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a hell of a brewery to visit - friendly folks, great layout - you can see right into the guts of the small classy operation. Anyway, this beer is big into esterness. Creamy banana and apricot with spicy edges. Yum.
Amber1 (32) - USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
spicy clove aroma and very nice yeast flavor. i think this is one of new belgium best (if not only)true belgium styles
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flavor is very wholesome, but a bit light. Alcohol taste is pretty apparent, but it is an ale and has the typical bite. Good overall for the price.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not thoroughly impressed. It pours nicely. Both hoppy and malty, but just not extremely impressive. It just doesn’t beat the Trippel.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice fruity yeast,with a dry finish.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy, with a very pronounced yeast presence. Pours out to a very dark ruby color. Definetely gets better as it warms. Very good, but not outstanding. I would’ve preferred just a little sweetness to balance out the spiciness.