JorisPPattyn (7678) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight gushing to thick, creamy yellow head. Fine pearling. Hazy dark-amber beer. Sweet nose, caramel or caramel-liqueur. some nuttiness, waft of toilet soap. Heavily carbonated. Hence some acidity, but a walnut-like bitterness keeps on top. Yeasty, with slight fruity notes. malty underbuild (caramalt) is there, but low-profile. Retronasal again liqueurish and an impression of hazelnut-choco-spread (VERY Belgian!). Medium bodied. More abbey-double than Speciale/ale. Slightly spritzy. I had tried this beer before, and it comes out much better this time as before. Somehow the interchanging of the styles turned out beneficial.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color with lots of carbonation and a well lacing head. Aroma of spicy yeast and earthy hops. Body is somewhat full with a fizzy mouthfeel. Flavors include chocolate chip cookies and spicy Belgian yeast. Not bad for an American Belgian ale, but could use some more complexity.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber/Orange color with an initially very large cream colored head. Light fruit abound in the aroma. Hints of spice waft about was well. Very much a belgian abbey aroma. Light on the tongue with white pepper, not quite ripe pears and apples with a touch of mace. Some wonderful malt flavors floating around. Finish has a sharpness that distracts, although the malt does come back late just in times to help.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bananas. Just bananas. When I opened this 750ml. bottle of beer, that's all I smelled. Whew, bananas. It pours out a bright copper color, with a head that won't quit. Murky appearance, with clumps of yeast forming islands in the head. Aromas mostly of (did I say) bananas. Slight fruity background to this beer as well. Smells delicious, really, it does. Tastes smooth, coats the tongue with a syrupy feel to it. Not much bitterness in this batch, but has a citrusy tang to it. Lots of fruity flavors that overwhelm any maltiness it has. A really good American Belgian beer, in my book.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 Cloudy orange color. Pour with a large head. Yeasty aroma. Somewhat thinner and less sweet than many of the Belgians I've had, but a good flavor none the less. Easy beer to drink and at $4 for a bomber its a great deal!
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beligan-style brew. Very rich and thick for a lighter beer, very cloudy and dense, light head. Aromatic and floral hops, ncie balance of bitter and sweet. All-around nice, easy beer, especially for the price.
guzzler67 (1476) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber appearance was just a bit cloudy. Nice big head that leveled off fairly quickly. Beautiful, aromatic nose; yeasty with citrus accents. Well balanced flavors of fruits and spices that gave it an appealing, moderately complex taste.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 (3/13/06, 750ml bottle) Clear amber body with big off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, yeast, spicy/grassy/hay, some apricot. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, some grassy, apricot, melon, light pear. Some alcohol dryness and light duskiness in the finish. Medium body with some stickiness and light creaminess. (6/3/7/4/13)
(5/8/03) Slightly hazy amber body topped by big tan head. Aroma is spicy, apricot, pear, yeasty. Taste is somewhat disappointing -- pear, spicy and yeasty, but none of them come to the forefront. Not a bad beer, but falls short of the mark attained by its sisters, Ommegang and Hennepin. (7/4/5/4/11)
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a very large creamy head of finely sized off white bubbles that as it receded left an excellent lacing. It has an amber colored body with lots of carbonation rising in the mug. It has a very nice malty aroma. It had a initially smooth taste that finished even more smoothly with a very mild floral flavor. There was no tartness, bitterness, just smooooooth. Can I have some more please?
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a amber color, with a large head. From my first impression, this was a nice beer, but the complexities were dominated by the Indian food I was eating with it. My choice of food left me wanting a more hoppier beer. Still, it's maltiness was perhaps a good contrast to the food I was eating (too hot!).