Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich yellow-gold hue with a slight haze. Sweet candied malt, vanilla, and soft fruit aromas come out. These were followed with a sweet and malty flavor that ends with a delicately spicy finish. This was a great find at a local wine store-on sale for $2 a 4 pack. Belgian fans will find this an acceptable substitute and newcomers should enjoy it as well.
JorisPPattyn (7721) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) Dull-hazy orange; little white head. Nose is just a little malty, and some citrus. Taste is fruity, quite orangey, bit yeasty. Retronasal quite typical orange zest. Mouthfeel is rather thinnish. I'm not overly impressed with this legendary beer. It's run-of-the-mill Belgian.
(second try, draught also - version probably for competition purposes) Better version, especially in the nose, much more estery-fruity. The beer is supposed to be deliberately tart, which I cannot find back. Nose rating would be 7/10, anyway, overall also +2 points.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy/citrusy aroma when cold. Easing up to warm and malty when room temp. Not much head, just a bead along the side. Medium Full mouth feel, with a nice tart and slightly bitter finish. Wonderful use of hops to balance the high alcohol. I like this one a lot, it's converting me to triples instead of doubles.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden hazy honey color with a quickly diminished cream colored head. Sweet citris orange and wild flower honey aroma. Thick and chewy - near cloying. Very sweet. light fruits followed by a floral hops flavor. Raisin flavors in the finish with a bit of warming alcohol. Malt aromas and flavors seem to come out as this one warms. A touch sweet for my tastes.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep cloudy yellow, with nice head and good lacing. Fruits, wheat, and yeast just like a Belgian should smell. A very nice and complex, yet balanced flavor. Banannas and clove are prominent. North Coast knows what they're doing.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, yellow/light-orange body with a huge, off-white, dense head. Tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells of yeast, malt, corn and vegetables. Taste is very strong: Yeast and grapes up front, then lemongrass and pine. The flavor's approach is very interesting. It offers a good amount of fruity, sweet malt then a weird sour/tart hoppiness. Aftertaste is rather light compared to the big taste, but still complex: corn, sour mix, bitter/drying coffee, and alcohol. Yeast sediment in bottom of glass. This was a perculiar Pranqster, very quirky and enjoyable. This is a complex beer from one of my favorite breweries. Check it out! I had mine from a 12oz bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to elnadeau for this one
Appearance: The Pranqster is a hazy golden pour with a quickly dissapating white head.
Aroma: The nose has some candy, yeast & floral notes. It is a pleasant smell.
Taste: Oh my God, a Belgian session beer. Tasty but not overpowering. You certainly don't notice the alcohol in this one. Great job.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazed red gold and thick looking with a smallish head. Smells like some sort of Hi-C, straight outa the freshly opened can. Yeast bitterness fights with mango and mandarin orange on the fairly thick palate, and there is no winner, really, only tastebubs that have survived their role as battlefield. Interesting, kind of like La Chouffe, but not quite as good, not a real "gotta get this again" type beer, though I must admit I've had quite a few of these!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Acidic, spicy (cinamon)aoma. Semi-sweet with a sour finish. Full flavored with a moderate body.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber hue. Orange, bubble gum aroma. A fairly full bodied flavor, expected a little more taste. Floral in the aftertaste, maybe a little honey. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.