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 (6161) - 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 (3431) - 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.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not incredibly impressive for this style...seemed overly yeasty and pretty bland. Covers the alcohol fairly well but there was some sort of an aftertaste that I didn’t enjoy that I can’t quite put my finger on...good, but not great.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very average Belgian style ale. In all honesty this smelled,
tasted, looked, and felt more like a wit. Very yeasty aroma and somewhat creamy yeast flavors. Coriander and possible orange zest in the nose as well. Not very impressed, but you might want to consider this if you are looking for a decent wit.
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clean Belgian strong. Methinks that I’m going to make this my benchmark American Belgian. Cidery, yeasty. Reminds me of a couple of Unibroues varieties..