BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright golden color, of surprising clarity for its style. A little later I made sure to shake up the bottle and got some of that yeast sediment in there. It’s adequately carbonated while a white foam forms but does not persist. An impressive mix in the nose shows good sweet malts, citrus, and plenty of herbs and spice, as well as a light woody, earthy, yeast aroma. I detect some coriander in there, but that gets overshadowed by an almost peppery spiciness. The palate makes this a much easier drinker than the 7.6% would suggest, a little spritzy carbonation at first, subsiding to a smooth almost sticky mouthfeel. The palate is pretty sweet, with bubble gum fruity esters at first, green apple at the front, pear like in the middle with an underlying flavor of cloves and coriander, smoothing out to a banana or German wheat flavor towards the end. A slight sourness and dryness rounds out the finish, while there also seems to be a touch of candy sugar or honey thrown in to balance things out. The aftertaste is long, spicy and fruitful making this one to savor.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
lots of floaties - is this bottle conditioned? doesn’t say on the packaging. a bit floral/perfumy/sweet, but does have a little bite. not my favorite style, but was allright.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting Notes from Fall 2000: Smells and tastes sweet. Definitely succeeds in making me think Belgian. Good, but it won’t
stop me from looking for actual Belgians.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is the least favorite of the North Coast Brewing beers that I’ve tried. This beer absolutely bears no resemblence to any Belgian Ale that I’ve tried. Very bland to the palate, with an odd acidic, slightly sweet flavor. Hardly a hint of carbonation.
Kodos (200) - USA - JAN 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noticeably no carbonation for a Belgian Ale style. Very sweet and acidy. A decent copy but not the best.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have recently found this beer too sweet for my taste. Also, it lacks the typical big carbonation characteristic of this style. I agree with others: this is very similar to a white ale. I still find it a good beer.
Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly hoppy (flowers), moderately yeasty (mold, cobwebs), lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), with notes of clove, pear, coriander. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A seemingly oversimplified example...it has some obligatory moldy/cobwebby yeast and clove, but there's nothing stylish or distinctive about this. Too sweet. It's not bad, but it seems like this is just a checkmark next to "make a Belgian beer" on a brewer's style list.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sweet, citrusy clean taste. OK aroma, average head, melts down quickly. The faintest off flavor at the finish. A nice version of a Belgian golden ale. It does fall short of similar microbrews - La Fin du Monde or Hennepin, for example, and true Belgians, specifically, Duvel. Nonetheless, a nice beer, any fan of Belgian beer should enjoy. One guy mentions Wit beers here, I think this beer is an excellent warm weather beer served chilled - just remember the alcohol content.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeasty, buttery aroma. Malty, spicy, taste with a hint of fruitiness. A sweet heavy beer balanced somewhat by a dry hoppy finish. Tastes like a Duvel/Chimay White cocktail. Very tasty.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inviting initial smell. Hazy apricot color with densely packed white head. Friendly aroma. Shovels of complex fruit flavors. Rich and full tasting with a fairly heavy mouthfeel. Just slightly cloying - I thought it left behind a little ’cobweb of honey flavor’ in the back of my throat, but it wasn’t really a problem. Loved the yeast’s contribution to the flavor.