Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUL 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. brown bottle. Decanted off the yeast so I can make a starter for homebrew. Anyway, it poured out a dark golden yellow color, with a slight head that lasted to the end. Thick yeast sediment in the bottle. Aromas of Belgian yeast, malts, candi sugar, and bananas. Slight phenols in the background. Faint hops aroma, nothing spectacular. Average taste & mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about, however.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin frothy white head and a pungent aroma. There's just too many flavors here, and they come together in just the right way to keep me from liking the end product.
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice golden colour with a soft white head. The smell was pretty sweet, consisting of caramel and ripe fruit. The taste was pretty sweet as well, but unfortunately that was about it. Slightly hoppy near the ending, but not overpowering in the slightest. A good belgie style, but not great. I actually expected more from this beeer, but I didn't get it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich aroma of carmel, clove and earth. Hazy orange unfiltered color with a well developed offwhite head. Flavor was slightly sweet and tasted of a belgian ale, but there weren't many complexities. This beer finished a little musky and dry, but overall it was an average belgian offering.
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
haha wow, this is a great beer. it has a very good taste, a good looking pour, and an all around very good beer. typical of the north coast brewing company, one of my favorites.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
very well done to the classic belgium style. very yeasty. I liked it but I won't buy it again.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have a tendency to be harsh on beers made in this style, as Duvel is a favorite that I use as a benchmark few can stack up against. This one did pretty well though. Bit more of a deep gold than Duvel, not much in the way of a head, to my surprise. Chunky yeast floating around, but I consider that a plus. The aroma is great, wheaty with a nice blast of candy sugar, with some orange mixed in. You would almost think it was spiced. The palate is good, just a touch of bite. The flavor is good, very much along the lines of Duvel. It doesn't have the malt complexity found in the middle of a Duvel, however, and the finish is sweet, rather than the dry snap of its Belgian cousin. Overall, however, very nice.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fantastic lasting white head on a golden colored body. Aromas mix wheat malt, DMS, and a light clove spicyiness with a sweet malt. Light banana fruitiness and floral hop are there, but subdued. Spicy, yeasty flavor at first followed by malty sweetness. Very well balanced with a dryer finish and a hop flavor and plum like fruitiness. Aftertaste is sort of a light alcohola and floral hop all over again. Very smooth mouthfeel leading to dry with a medium body and warming alcohol presence. This is the second bottle I've had, and I'm glad I didn't rate it the first time. The first bottle just didn't seem to have this much complexity, but this one is pretty damn good.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2003
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tastes like every other Belgian beer I've ever had. Has that sickening yeasty taste to it that seems to permeate every Belgian style beer. I don't want a beer to taste like a banana! I want it to taste like beer. In my opinion Belgian beers suck and so did this one.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
So i pour it, and it looks good. i smell it and...i'm trying to place the aroma...and after a few seconds it finally hits me - Paas. It smelled like Paas, the Easter egg coloring kits. i think it had gone bad or something and all i could smell was the vineger-y-ness of it...or maybe that's how it's supposed to smell. like they're playing a prank (or Pranq!) on me by having everyone rate it as a great beer when it actually sucks the eggs you should be putting this Paas-like crap on. It was fairly effervescent with a banana taste to it. Banana Paas. they should re-name it Bubbly Banana Biting Paas.