PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
another attempt at abelgian, this one isnt bad, but lacks the character of a true belgian. Very crisp and refreshing with a dry hoppyness, a strange beer indeed
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice honey gold, with a very energetic head. Sweet and hoppy golden Belgian aroma. The taste, though, is a pleasure. Has quite the buttery assault, that is followed up with a very brief bitter shock, that opens up into the Belgian ale headyness. Just a tad of a bitter linger at the end.
raymow (850) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely smells like a Belgian brew. Tastes pretty good but something just doesn't seem 100% Belgian about it - perhaps it's that it's brewed in CA by North Coast? A pretty good beer none the less.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an nice orange color and very hazy. Small head, good lacing with decent carbonation. Smells very spicy with some sweet fruit. Just about the most spicy beer I've smelled yet. Also, some sour notes. Flavor not nearly as spicy as the aroma. Mainly sweet with a dry finish.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is reminiscent of a witbier although a bit frutier. Coriander and spiciness in general are prevelant. FLavor is sweet all around with a nice spicy finish. Palte is thick--not like a stout--but certainly mouth coating. Very satisfying.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes okay for a (mock) belgian. Somewhat citrusy, orange taste, everything else is pretty standard.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a thick golden color with a big frothy head (Not bubbly as one might expect). Notes of orange and udder sweetness with only a little hop spice. First sip is nice but too thick for the style. Ok at about 50 F but gets cloyingly sweet as it warms. Reminds me a little of HOTD Rose minus a lout of the spicy undertones.
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 (8034) - 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.