Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate 10/13/02: As with the NB Abbey I rated earlier, this beer is a little over 2 years old. The color, a foggy golden orange color, the head minimal, off white, the lace vaporous. The bouquet, ambosial, bubble gummy, hints of citrus, and even over ripe pineapple, and one íSniffable Beerí. The beer begins extremely sweet, the mouthfeel is light to medium, the finish is lightly carbonated, pleasingly dry, modestly hopped, and a touch of alcohol bitterness in the long lasting aftertaste. Once again a beer that is always present in my íBeer Cellarí, and worth a try. Ranks #96 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totally boss!!! Itís the same price as the rest of the New Belgiumís, how can you wrong? Tastes like the alcohol is playing hide and seek in mi boca, muy bueno.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great beer from New Belgium (thanks PhillyBeer2112!). The beers in actual Belgium canít be much better than this can they? Poured a golden amber color with a thick head. Aroma alternated between fruity and hoppy. Cleverly balanced spicy flavor with hops, alcohol, and fruit with a nice citrus aftertaste. Good stuff.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Pours with a sticky, creamy, and rocky foam. Peppery alcohol, slightly phenolic nose. Quite prickly on the tongue. Jumbled mess of plastic and pears doused with candy sugar. Horribly attenuated. Finishes with both lingering peppery and hop spiciness. Either my palate has changed, or this has drastically been dumbed down.
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great beer. This one had some of the typical begian citrus/fruity flavor. Nice head. I drank this from a Duvel tulip glass, which kept the head present for the whole beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fruity aroma, nice fluffy head that hangs over the glass, nice and brisk with rolling creaminess
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad, not great. I just donít find it very distinctive. Donít get me wrong, its a great beer, itís just that it tastes like a ton of other great beers.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy golden. Bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Very nice aromas of citrus and... corriander? This is one smooth beer. I canít believe I got this for $6.49/sixer. This is better than beers 3x its price. Beautiful bouquet. A prize from New Belgium.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark gold color, small head. Hoppy, VERY floral hop taste, light and refreshing. Nice smooth malts. Full bodied. Mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Floral hop taste is the focal point for this beer. Very different nice taste.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 Re-rate 3/11/04: Seems to have improved some? I don't know. A little spicy esters, adequate hop bitterness, some sweetness. Really good beer for an American brewery of this size. I am impressed, great price, good flavor, I buy it frequently.