TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice ale. Smells wonderful
with notes of berries & figs. Pours up a
nice head and retains a light foam. Best yet
it tastes better than it smells. An incredible
balance of malt and delecious yeast
round out the package. Very good.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good mixture of fruit and spice. A nice almost tangy aftertaste.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-rate 10/13/02: This bottle is a little over 2 years old, so I’m looking forward to the changes. The pour is a deep garnet color, the head insignificant, the lace is skeletal. Nose is malt, light hints of caramel, ’winish’, hints of fusel alcohol. Front is malt, thickly sweet, the top is intermediate, the finish is droughty, discreetly acidic, somewhat sour, unassumingly hopped. There is a bit of ’Tummy’ warming, and a beer I always have in my ’Beer Cellar’, and well worth your effort to try. Ranks #224 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Americanized version of a Belgian Ale. Very appealing amber color with a very thick beige head and good lacing. As a matter of fact I had some spillage that may have been the result of shipping (thanks PhillyBeer2112!). Nice spicy and fruity aroma. Nicely complex flavor consisting of bananas, alcohol, and some other fruits. This is definitely a worthy effort at the Belgian style from a stateside brewer!
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2003 Enjoyed this quite a bit. Like the description says. Kind of spicy but I didn't pick up any smokiness. The bitterness makes me feel like I just drank some strong tea. Very malty as well, strangely like a bock.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fruity with a slight malt finish, and a very full head that sticks around. Another great brew from New Belgium.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very very nice, enjoyed a few by the river and pretty much enjoyed it all around
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great double. I highly reccommend seeking this one out.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown colour, large creamy head. A complex aroma of fruit and nuts. Wonderful malty flavour, with a little added spice I can’t quite place. Overall a well done double.
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I felt a bit let down by this. The initial appearance is poetic. Vibrant and dense head, beautiful lacing, maintaining a healthy size for some time. Worthy of a poem, "Ode to a Belgian Head". The flavors, too, are nice, once it is allowed to warm up. The strength of the banana, with the charm of the dried fruit (raisins, I do agree that fig is there), some grape to me, and only the slightest undercurrent of spiciness--fleeting, and overwhelmed by sweetness. At times the sweetness was a bit too much. More important, there were moments when it was too mellow, even a hint of watery flatness. A pretty nice combination of flavors, but a bit disappointing overall.