RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Poured an 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very hazy dark amber with small bubbles in the large fluffy head. The bottle has written (6.9% ABV) unlike the stats at the top of the page. The smell is yeast, malt, spices and alcohol. The taste is very dry and bitter, and there is not much of a mouthfeel. I was surprised at the sourness of this beer and disappointed as I was expecting greatness. I don’t get this beer...maybe I am missing something here. If I am going to spend $4.00 on a 11.2 oz. bottle, I will go for a Rochefort every time.
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, poured a copper amber, fragrances of yeast and spices in the bottle, yeast, sour and pale malt fragrances in the glass, some faint spices and fruit bouquet fragrances, sour taste, bubbly and light on the tongue, faint pale malt and citrus flavors, dry on the palate, I did not find this drink as exciting as what I have read, I was a little disappointed with this drink.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cloudy amber. Brilliant head. The aroma is truly amazing, sweet and fruity with some bitterness to balance. Citrus and spice flavours, with more hops than I’ve come to expect from a Trappist. The finish is a little more subdued than the palate, but lingers long and dry. Very good beer.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Bottle. Nose is sweet and sour balance of fruit and yeast. Sugary apricots, lots of orange, some hop presence deeper down. Light and complex aroma. Color is a cloudy amber-orange, lighter towards the top and bottom of the glass. A steady, frothy white head sits on top and sticks to the sides leaving bubbly lacing. Heavily carbonated but mainly thin palate, some hoppy dryness in the finish. Tastes lightly sour and alcoholic. Definite orange notes and hops. Becomes more drinkable as it settles, some of the sourness subsides. This is surprisingly heavy for the alcohol content. 8-4-7-3-16
Aged one year, this beer shows huge brett character, which complements the sweetnesses and citrus flavors tremendously. Rounds out the palate and adds to my overall impression.
The more I sample this beer, the more I love its balance and depth. This is truly one of the most masterfully-created beers on the planet. Its history only emphasizes the beauty of its complexity.
glennmastrange (2681) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A very complexly aromatic Belgian ale (no surprise there). If given the time one could pick out numerous bold and faint notes. The malt has a grainy/nutty/milk chocolate smell to it. And the hops smells of herbs, grass and citrus. There was a soapy yeast smell and light hints of banana, mace, alcohol and a slight mustiness which keeps it from being a ten on the aroma scale in my book. It has an off white, fizzy head with good lacing and is fully lasting. Color is a murky red/brown. Taste could be a bit more complex though. It starts off lightly bitter and finishes on a heavy acidic/bitter note. It has a medium body, a dry texture and the carbonation is a bit too fizzy. It all finishes with a moderate astringent feel. Not my favorite Belgian but the fantastic aroma will have me buying more of these.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours golden with thick fizzy head with big bubbles. aroma is green apples, citrus, cloves, and herbal tones. taste starts off tangy sour apple turning to citrus hop. the middle developes a biscuit malt character but fades quickly into moderate dry citrus bitterness. a little fizzy and thin but surprisingly still fairly fresh hop character after 9 months. would like to have a fresher example.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Left Bank, Buffalo NY. Poured into Orval glass. Nice head Clody orange color. Earthy & almost slight medicinal taste. Smooth & enjoyable
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great beer! Nice and dirty with a big fluffy head. The aroma is citrus, hops funk, grass and grapes. Very complex!
It’s dry and almost dusty with notes of lime and hops dominating. The moist basement funkyness is evident. The finish is dry with hops and a nice sourness.
It’s very close to being perfect.
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best Belgian Ales in the world! Pours a murky orange/brown. The beer was covered by a fluffy cloud-like head. The flavor was similar to citrus fruits and was followed by a clean and zesty finish. A very approachable beer for any type of drinker. Very well balanced. A world-class beer!
marcbé (86) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy honey color, white foamy head and long lasting carbonation. Very complex aroma of apricot, yeast, cookie, wilds flowers and bubble gum. Very refreshing taste due to the intense carbonation, the grapefruit-like bitterness and the strong acidity. Salty notes. The hoppy taste merge it all together. Wonderfull. One of the best I’ve tasted.