Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a magnificent hazy deep orange, the head monstrous in size, creamy in its consistency and as it evanesces, leaves behind a satiny sheet of fine lace. The aroma of ripe bananas, yeast, sweet brown sugar with the malt underpinning it all makes this a real sniffers delight. Start malt and lightly sweet, the top slim in feel on the palate, biting in its acidity, the hops perky in their spicy bite, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A real treat in all aspects and I prefer it to “Duvel”, and many other Belgians for that fact.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is disappointing for a Trappist beer. It's still better than most of the garbage out there.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is quite intense, a fruity/spicy smell that is very pleasant. This has the look of orange blossom honey that is slight cloudy. Wonderful head that is very substantial. This is a dry beer with out the bite of an IPA very refreshing.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It's been a long wait but eventually I got it, and the wait was worth it. Pours a huge thick head with a cloudy copper body. Powerful nose on this beer - spicy, earthy, yeasty sort if thing. It has a very satisfying mouthfeel not to mention being dry. Dry as a dead dingos donger (in a good way if that is possible.) Great beer, though a bit expensive, I'll be back.
presario (4419) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2007 After staring at the bottle while purchasing 100 others I paid the $4.99 CDN for the 330ml bottle. Big lasting head. Magnificent may be the word, like whip cream on a latte. Very strong distinctive, sinus-clearing aroma, hard to place (is it mint or mediciny?). Slightly cloudy bronze colour. Slightly medicine/alcohol taste at first. Perfumy is correct for aroma and taste. Flavour develops as you drink. Peppery notes and others that are not easily identified. Absolutely distinct in flavour. Dry. A beer that needs multiple tastings to examine the depth of flavour but at $5 I could get a 750ml Unibroue. Each sip tastes better than the last. I started off not sure if I liked it and ended up licking the foam off the glass.
TipsyMcStager (1120) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 (re-rate) Originally when I rated this I was new to the beer experience. I can honestly say that I rated it higher than I should have because of the high rating by others on the site. What did I know? Now that I’ve had I few beers I can say that this stuff is undrinkable. Tastes like colgate and baking soda. Last sampling was a drain pour. Anyone who wants to explain to me why this is top notch I’m listening...
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with expiration date of 11/01/2007. I finally broke down and paid the $4.25 to buy this beer, and it is definitely challenging, though not without its rewards. Magnificent head, large and slightly off-white with some of the largest lacing I've ever seen. Some head was retained throughout. Completely opaque in hazy burnt-orange hues. My overwhelming sensation of aroma and flavor was to compare it to some very strong ciders I've had in the UK--citric, bitter, dry. It changes in the mouth as it finishes, being initially very perfumy, then yeasty, then more earthy, then a bit metallic, then with a long bitterness setting in, with the recognition that there were surprisingly alcoholic notes in that 6.2%. Still, very smooth. I can't say upon finishing it that I felt a crying need for another one in the immediate future.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Wow! This is an interesting brew. Color of a pale ale and very cloudy. Very ’earthy’ aroma. Average head. Not fruity, it has more of a mild spice favor, I wish I could come up with the spices. All I know is Belgium"s generally aren"t my style but I truely like this one.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very thick head, collapsing but stable; typical orangey colour.
Nose is bitter as from vegetables, spices, flowers.
Taste starts immediately very bitter, but as a combination of hop-, vegetable- and flowery bitter. There IS a balance by malt, with hints at sweetness, without ever becoming so. Aroma’s retronasal of mandarine-zest, hop shoots, and olives without the oil.
Carbonation is perfect; milder form of ’Champenoise’ pearl)forming, as with naturally mild-carbonated springwater. Neither chewy, neither watery.No new aftertaste, bitterness lingers on. Drinkability is second bar none: the ultimate Belgian session beer. there’s richness, depth and easy drinking for whatever mood one’s in. Unparallelled.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good beer. Pours out to a cloudy, amber in the glass with a generous head. The aroma is the strong point of this beer. It combines essences of a fine liqueur with that of yeast and fruit. Taste is slightly spicy in the Belgium sort of way. Fairly high in carbonation. Finish is quite easy and invites another sip. Rather expensive, but a nice treat.