philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
New Belgium Brewing Company Porch Swing Single Ale 1999 12 oz. Yes 5.00% 4.25 / 5.0 Blonde Ale Clear bright golden color. Rich lacy head. Light floral hop front mixes with Belgian ester flavor in medium thick crisp caramel body for unique flavor lasting to rich balancing light hop finish. 5/21/1999
New Belgium Brewing Company Porch Swing Single Ale 2001 12 oz. Yes 5.20% 3.5 / 5.0 Blonde Ale Very clear bright golden color.No sediment.No head.Mild floral hop front with light Belgian hint.Crisp mild caramel body continues mild Belgian spiciness.Ends clean and light with mild citrus hops. 8/16/2001
New Belgium Brewing Company Porch Swing Single Ale 2002 12 oz. Yes 5.20% 4.25 / 5.0 Blonde Ale Clear bright rich golden color.Light Belgian estery notes add to mild floral NW hop front.Crisp refreshing sweet caramel butter malty Pilsner body.Mild Belgian notes.Easy smooth clean citrus hop end 6/5/2002
New Belgium Brewing Company Porch Swing Single Ale 2003 12 oz. Yes 5.20% 4.0 / 5.0 Golden Ale Clear bright thin goden color.Light lacy head.Mild spicy floral hop front.Earthy light tangy Belgian yeast ester malty caramel bisquit body.Clean earthy mild hot hop spice end.NW malty hoppy flavor.6% 7/16/2003
New Belgium Brewing Company Porch Swing Single Ale--Seasonal--Summer 2000 12 oz. Yes 5.20% 3.75 / 5.0 Blonde Ale Clear golden color.Mild floral fruit hop front.Very mild Belgian scent.Pale Ale body with light tasty crisp dry malt body.Delicate hop presence throughout.Lightly spicy dry finsh.Good but light. 9/16/2000
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this beer on 7/24/2000. Aroma is a sweet malt scent. Color is a bright gold with a very slight haze. Carbonation is very high with a nice tight head. Taste is malty odd and bitter. Starting with light/medium body that goes down with a some what creamy feel. Finish is an odd malt flavor with a fairly strong bitterness. I cant really describe the flavor but it grows on you.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another placemarker for a beer I’ve had many times but never fully rated. Is this still available? Another NB amber ale that was quite good.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle. Light amber to dark golden color with an ivory colored head of medium size, but good retention. My glass presented outstanding lace, post beer. Mild floral Belgian yeastiness to the aroma. Dryness to the palate that differs from the Tripel, but plenty of malty flavors to go around. This is quite smooth and milder than the Abbey ale. Residual mild bitter/tartness lingers. Good drinker indeed.
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Pours a medium dark amber. Aromas of orange, caramel, and some spice. Flavors are sour, orange, clove and other spice. Not a favorite style.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is orange and malt, and the flavor follows suit. For such a seemingly simple ale, this one sure has a plethora of flavors, most dominant from the fruit categories. Hints of malt keep the sweetness honest.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep cloudy orange with lots of particles swimming around and a fast falling silky white head. Aroma has a nice hint of hops alongside a fruity malt and estery nose providing orange peel and spice smells. Taste starts with a fruity malt hit, orange candy taste up front fading to a faintly spicy hop finish. A bit earthy texture to the malts. This is a really nice one from NB.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: clear, perfectly yellow color, with a fine, fizzy, fluffy, lace-leaving head. Big aromatics, sticking out, standing tall, mildly euphoric, a dazzling spray of flowers, honey, herbs, and minor fruit notes.
Taste: that unique blend of yeastiness and sourness so characteristic of great Belgian beers, Trappist or secular, is prominent here, in aroma and all over the flavor. Mmmmm...nice...I lose my critical grip, and just wallow in the sensation for a while. Good and hoppy, but ever-so lightly so. Exquisitely smooth, but hardly simple. Perfect balance. A great every-day beer, for those with elevated souls.
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Altough I tend to select a dubbel or trippel when in the mood for a Belgian-style ale, this single version is quite impressive. A somewhat smoky overtone in the aroma, and a smmoth dry finish. Recommended for those who find that a dubbel is a bit too much on the palate.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Golden color and very effervescent with a creamy white head.
Aroma: Bread, fruit and a fresh hoppy presence.
Taste: Dry at the start with a somewhat sweet middle and a biting finish.
MF: Smooth and creamy with a presence of effervescence. The dry finish lingers.
IMHO: A pretty beer with a good aroma, but lacking a good balance of sweetness to offset the multileveled bitternes