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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A delicious ale brewed with imported malt, Styrian Goldings hops and fermented with two Belgian yeasts. Full bodied and flavorful with the esters and flavor profile of the greatest beers of Europe. 27 IBU.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (4784) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2006
A deep rich reddish color with a light head. Poured in a correct glass this Belgian nectar was awesome. The High alcohol did not take from the taste and this was a great easy to drink after dinner for desert brew. Great Job.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Batch One - bottle cellared for at least 2 years. After popping the cork, the aroma had a slightly metallic but still yeasty edge. Amazing distinction between the aroma and flavor - almost like dinking two different beers. Deep honey flavor with a touch of hop balance and a long bread-dough finish. Nice hints of Jumex tropical nectars. Remarkably drinkable - wish Iíd had more of these. A great beer for a stormy Colorado weekend.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2005
on tap-pours a light tan head. Color is slightly hazy yellow. Aroma is malt, sweet. Taste follows. Little carbonation. Not to my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2005
750 ml bottle (Batch 1), from Coal Trains in CO Springs. Pours a murky brownish gold...big white head. Lotsa yeastiness in the nose with notes of sweet fruity malts. Taste is nice and clove spicy with some sharp hop bitterness. A little sweeter than I prefer, but still tastes good. Full mouthfeel, and finishes with a nice dry hop bitterness. We liked it, although itís not the best example of the style we ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Draught @ Palmer Lake Brewing Company. Brownish Gold. Dark in color for the style, but iím not stylistic when it comes to beer, so I donít care. Lovely, yeasty, fruity aroma with hints of bubble gum, banana, pear and clove. Spicy, citrusy, phenolic and very fruity with notes of bubble gum and clove. An enjoyable brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Golden body with abundant carbonation and a creamy, snow white head. Aroma reminded me of old lime peels and warm butter plus some yeasty funk and hints of esters and sulfur. Some decent malt character improves the flavor but this beer is too sweet, too bitter, and just not right. I could not get passed this strange burnt butter quality. Strange beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Pours copper with a rocky cream colored head and spotty lacing. Honey wheat and malt aroma with a fruity grape yeast nose. Honey wheat flavor with a sweet yeast body. Warm and creamy fizzy palate, a tad spicy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewheaven (1) - USA - FEB 10, 2003 does not count
I really enjoyed this beer, talked to the brewer at the Strong Ale festival in Boulder - he used all belgian malt and 5 (not 2) strains of yeast. Fairly complex but a perhaps little too sweet. He told me each batch of Belgian is a different style so it's hard to get any one "dialed in".

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2003
They should put this in with packs of baseball crds because it sure tastes like bubble gum. It does not taste like it might have come from Belgium at all. More like a strong golden ale. I would not bother with this one again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2004 Draft: Clear, deep golden with nice and lasting lace patterns. Big banana nose with some yeasty notes. Smooth, healthy carbonation. Malty & fruity; some sharpish alcohol nips. Hints of sourness and a bit of tartness, though a little distracting acidity. Rerate from the Boulder Strong Ale Fest: Spicy, roasted, toasted, and chocolaty. I could've sworn I sensed a little cinnamon, too. Had a little 1554 quality to it. Good beer. Much better than my last sample. Bottle, Batch 1: Hazy and orange with a thin layer of creamy white head. Very citrusy nose. Sharp mouthfeel; lively carbonation. Yeasty and malty flavors. Sharp and somewhat bitter hops. Some slight oxidation and cardboard, but not enough to offend too much. Dryish aftertaste, lingering with notes of bread dough.


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