GiddyBoy (115) - USA - APR 14, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I think it is just my taste, but I found this brew to be awful. I think that I am not a Belgian style drinker, so take my words with a grain. I could not even finish this brew. Normally I am a big fan of New Belgium brews, but this was not one I could stomach.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good wheat/yeast aroma. Dark red cloudy body with good white head. wheat and yeast flavor. Meadium carbonation and creamy texture.
boto (1759) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighter reddish-brown in color. Big head that stays around for awhile. Complex aroma of fruit and caramel. Similar tastes with a good sweetness to it. Big malt body. A darn good representation of the style. It's only drawback is that it seems to be a bit lighter than usual for this style.
3fourths (7515) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Golden red and brown, good head. Smells of sugar, caramel, and squash. Frothy at first, with a wonderful carbonation and palate. Alcoholic bite, but a nice balance of sour and bold. There must be some good people brewing in Fort Collins, as this is as good as any true Belgian Iíve had.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh yes! When I can't get myself a Westmalle ... I look for this one. Great color - looks like mud. Heady aromas of spices, nutmeg or cinnamon. Malty and begging for more.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado. Nice full brown color with a ruby touch. A thick spice with ginger and cinnamon. A nice strong malt, slightly warming, and well balanced. A long spiced aftertaste. This would be great on a nice winter night.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light brown color with a thin fast fading head. Caramel, butterscotch and Belgian yeast aroma. Body is pretty fully carbonated with a touch of tartness. Sweet caramel malty undertones caress the tongue and finish dry and musky. Very good duplication of this Belgian style especially considering it's American.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is slightly yeasty, slightly fruity, with good richness...Color is a clear brown-amber with a big canyoned head---copious lace---very handsome indeed...Flavor features sweet roasty malts in the foundation while apple-like fruitiness and light spiciness ride atop. Hops and light carbonation provide dryness and sparkle. The finish is lightly dry...The body is medium-full, and the layering of flavors is very impressive and adds to the fine balance...This is very well-constructed...The multiplicity of flavors and fine mouthfeel make this one of this excellent brewery's best offerings.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark oarnge/brown with a big,off white,head.Settles to a soapy,mess.Damn interesting aroma,of dark fruit,toffee,cake, and musty/yeasty aromas. Good thickness and carbonation. Good fruity/sweet balance and depth in the taste. Overall not a bad beer,but at mid-bottle flavors had lost much potency.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral fruity nose--sweet too, with lots of booze. Great banana, cherry and tropical fruit, held up with a body that's both bubbly and rich. Great structure. Lasting filmy head. A fine rendition of a Belgian.