Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best, if not the best, American Belgian style strong ales. I like the Grand Cru (available in winter) even better.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Came out of the bottle the color of orange blossom honey. Big fluffy white head fades to lace. The ’earthy and floral’ aroma from the commercial description is right on the money. Flavor is a little citrusy with a tanginess that is refreshing on a summer day. Alcohol is well hidden in my opinion. All in all, this is a good beer. Thanks to Gusler for this one.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by 19 Apr 03. Dark golden color with a nice lasting light cream colored head. A lot of small white ’floaties’. Light malt and floral aroma. Quite carbonated with hop oils all over the place. I am thinking this one should have set down of a bit. Tastes are ’green’. Sharp alcohol, even when cold. Very mouth coating in feel. The yeast in the bottle appears to be pure white. I really had to shake the bottle to get it out which added to the amount of floaties. An interesting yeast that stays in small chunks. warms nicely and the flavors meld a bit. Too sharp and abrupt for a higher echelon triple. With some age I would wager this would be outstanding. Unfortunately, I only have this one sample.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent, excellent brew. Picks up where the Abbey leaves off and does tremendous things. Just the right amound of alcohol kick to accompany the blend of floral, citrus and malt.
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You won’t drink many of these at one time. Very heavy belgium styled beer. We balanced with the bitterness and the yeast aftertaste.
Ernest (5869) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/cereal), lightly yeasty (basement/cement), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with notes of gum, alcohol, pepper, hint of chemicals. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Clunky and dull.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew’s hazy honey-gold color fully in character with its rich flavor profile. Head is rocky and long-lasting...clings to the glass like sea-foam...Aroma is very floral and fruity, smelling of pears... assertive but not overpowering...Flavors also reveal presence of pears and subtle spice...Finish is complex, reflecting subtle hoppiness and sweet malt profile...Complex finish that is mildly fruity-sweet but leaving mild hoppy dryness in its wake. This ale has an interesting mouthfeel as well, striking a nice balance that is slightly lighter than one might expect in such a robust offering. All factors add-up to a most unusual and satisfying ale...very impressive.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 Full-bodied, leading to very high palate marks. The head dissipates rather readily. As this brew warms the clove and other spiciness rise up gently. Nice yeasty solids settle at the bottom of the glass, like miniscule gold nuggets. A good one, a touch on the sweet side. Brought over for me by Brownalegirl and Hennes, who got it on their recent Western swing. It was a great party yesterday.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best NB brew I tried at the brewery - some of the other brews start to get a little sweet (abbey, black) to my taste but this one has enough spicey, smoky liveliness to ride shotgun with its riches.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice aroma, appearance orange tented. the flavor is very complex and has wonderful texture. the finish is clean with a nice balance of fruit flavor with hops.