Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I would say this beer was on par with my expectations of a Belgian ale. Hazy gold color, poor head retention (I may have poured it too gently). Yeasty, estery aroma, typical for a Belgian, nothing extravagant. Same goes for the flavor, not as sweet as some Belgians. Interesting finish, tough to describe, not really bitter, sweet, or dry.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Loaded with sediment. Lots of neat, erratic belgian lace. Soft buttery & kind of sweet. Lots of yeast, reminds me of a nice wheat!! =) Surprisingly bitter taste, full of zest and body. A strons somewhat satly finish, wierd.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
north coast is defintely one of my favorite cali breweries. always distinct taste and always high on the alcohol level. this is great beer to have with dinner or brunch.
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
color is a very hazy golden with lots and lots of suspended floaties. head is short-lived though. aroma is quite fruity with a bit of pronounced clove. flavor is heavy on the spice with some fruit..but finish is strong on clove.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
creamy alcoholic aroma, cloudy but zero head, totally yeasty and alcoholy
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As the description reads, the finish is very clean. It’s a fine Belgian Ale, but there better ones out there.
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very easily drinkable, almost too easy. Very nice ale, with beautiful aroma and very clean taste.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While this has considerable, even tripel-level strength, I found this rather easy drinking and balanced. Perhaps a bit of sourness, but generally not bad at all.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 7/28/02: unripe pumpkin with an alive and moldy top which was squeezing bubbles out from its organic mass...wheaty and spicy and very belgian...spicy onslaught..like a spilled spice rack...too spicy almost...yeasty...spiced spice with some spice..tangy but too damn spicy IMO..try not to try too hard there North coast...spices are good to some extent but CHILL OUT ...cuz homeboy da spices are unbearable here..I don't appreciate the comparisons to Duvel because this beer is nothing close to duvel...I dumped half the bottle and now have 3 more..who wants it
Re-Rate 9/3/02: I hate this beer and I dumped more than half the bottle this time..Cloying cloying cloying pooh!
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice amber color, Good head. Very yeasty aroma, perhaps due to the "floaties" that came out upon pouring. Spicy flavor.