hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very drinkable and enjoyable Belgian Ale indeed!I liked this one from the moment I tasted it and I definitely would enjoy having this one again and again!It poured a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that fully dissipated.The body was carbonated, clear with floaties and it had a golden hue.The nose was malty and fruity with a sweet and fruity flavor from start to finish.The palate was smooth, somewhat thin and light bodied.There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.
thedm (5084) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to large sized mostly diminishing white colored bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent orange colored body with floating particles in it that were not yeast and a fair lacing. It had a fruity apricot like aroma and a smooth slightly bubble mouthfeel. The flavor was a very nice Belgian one with dough notes dominating it. The flavor was very enjoyable indeed. Well recoommended!
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 (1011) - 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.