BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice Belgian, with flavors of brown sugar, caramel, cloves, banana and malt. Very smooth with only a hint of alcohol.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2014 This is a rather nice interpretation of the Belgian Golden Ale style and one of my favorite North Coast beers. Sadly this one was absent from our market for a number of years but it is making a reappearance +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a light bronze color with a small tan head. There is a moderate sweet sugar, breadyand lightly fruity aroma. The flavor is a mix of sweet, sour and vague spice with moderate notes of ripe golden fruits and sugar. Medium length fruit and sugar finish. Fairly full bodied. All in all an excellent beer.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Spicy, yeasty character typical of belgian yeast. Fruity/estery aroma is nice with no hop aroma.
Appearance: Decent head retention, gold color.
Flavor: Spicy, yeasty flavor with hints of soapiness. Estery flavory, no hop flavor at all. Finishes with a sweetish candi sugar quality to it. Slight malt in the background but is pretty much obscured by the spicy character.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation prickly on the tongue. Finishes with a slight sourness. Alcohol very well hidden.
Overall: Well balanced, good beer for style, but not great. Pretty one dimensional, but a decent beer.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange golden pour with a quick head. Very bready aroma with a hint of clove. Fruity hop flavor, touch of nutmeg spiciness, with a mildly bitter finish. Decent American interpretation.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 12 oz, bottle conditioned. Fair enough brew in the style, but too malty, cloying and sweet for me. Stick with Leffe and Affligem.
Re and upgraded after sampling at the brewpub in Ft. Bragg. Best of the belgians.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice cloudy, rustlike color. Floral, malty, with banana flavoring. A wonderful American Belgian style beer.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orangish color with thick head. Sweet aroma with a yeasty triple smell. Flavor is of bannana and spice with some hops. Nice slightly bitter dry finish.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy honey-colored body and thick sudsy head. Big esters in the nose with an aroma of bananas, citrus, green apple, and bubble gum plus a fruity Trix quality and a hint of spice. Tangy citrus flavor plus some interesting yeasty depth. Has a unique quality that's hard to pigeonhole. Nice smooth, viscous mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I like this beer.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeasty, doughy, floral nose; creamy and sweet, with a lightly citrusy and fruity (banana, pear) flavor with hints of bubblegum and orange. Damn! This is SO good. Clean and well balanced, though not overly complex, this is a true joy; what a suprise!
desurfer (1257) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This seems like a Tripel to me, and a good one at that. Nice yeasty aroma with a flavor of bubblegum and cloves with some fruitiness as well.