Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 I love this beer. This is the beer that put my Belgian fascination in high gear. Easily obtainable, perfect price, FRESH example of the style. Not something that's been in the hot cargo hold of a freightliner for two months. This elixer pours a deep golden, cloudy, orange colour. Twisting, lively carbonation forms a fluffy cream coloured head that never fully subsides. Strong smell of peppers, spice, and pineapple. Massive corriander, curacao orange, doughy yeast and malt sweetness flavours fill the mouth. Huge mouthfeel activates all senses of the palate, from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. Another perfect brew from the folks at North Coast. Why this doesn't get the lauding here that Old Rasputin does I'll never know.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good, but not great. In the style of a Belgian ale, and somewhat similar in flavor, but it's clearly not double or triple-fermented and has some bitter overtones. Not good enough to make you not want to buy a Belgian original even with the price differential.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This golden ale has a hazy old gold color and a quickly dissipating white head. The nose is lightly citrusy with some hay-like character. The palate has a light bready sweetness with some lemony aspects coming forward toward the finish. The finish effervesces on the tongue with light spice (coriander?)
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 21, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose of wheat, light banana, alcohol, perfume, pine resin, and spice. Pours a murky golden amber. The average fluffy/frothy off-white head is mostly diminishing with no lacing. The flavor starts sweet with a warm alcoholic middle and a bready sweet and spicy wheat finish. The light palate is creamy and fizzy and feels alcoholic at the finish.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours very cloudy due to what appears to be a poorly flocculating yeast. Aroma is decent clove and subtle hops, with a flavor that is not overly complex, but very well balanced. Not the best belgian golden, but a good brew.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Apricot jam color with a medium lasting head. Nice malt, fruit aroma. Taste is of fruity/malt with alcohol at the back of the tongue. Finishes dry, yeasty.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, burnt caramel, orange color. Great head. Very fruity and sweet, not cloying though. Definite spice action, especially the first couple of sips (gulps?). Overall a good belgian effort.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad Belgian Ale. Fruity sweetness, yeasty, and some spice flavor. Finish is sour may be too much for my tastes.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not very clean for a Belgian golden ale but its getting better.I seems to me the first time I tried this,it was only 6.9%ABV.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity sweetness and very malty. Has a yeasty flavor as well as hops in that sit sort of in the background. It is an orangish cloudy color. It has a hint of citrus flavor to it.