rlgk (8488) - Skövde, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(RBESG 2007, Glasgow. Bottle) Hazy golden color, small white head. Fruity aroma with some hops. Fruity, hoppy and bready flavor.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Experimental, and 1.5 l Magnum in less than ideal condition Pale peach colour, fully hazy; dense, yellowish head, not very stable. Spicey, paradise seed nose, phenolic. Very light sourish taste, coriander or paradise seed, sweet malts underneath. Some lactic sourness. Very slick, well bodied; finishes citrus-sour. Experimental, OK (bottle does not look experimental, with a kind of movie-script on the gorgeous label) - it could do with some thinkering. But it shows promise; mille grazie, Lorenzo .
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This fluffy Belgian-style Strong Ale seduces with its starfruit citrus, bready yeast and comfortably effervescent mouthfeel, creating a marvelously classy sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick sheet of foam paints fine lacing atop the cloudy beige blond.
-The superbly integrated fruitiness is also reminiscent of gooseberries and apple skins.
-Alcohol is really not apparent.
-The flavor profile is perfectly balanced and the finish nicely dry.
-A little more cereal character and this would be world-class, imho.
-The hop personality is not as outgoing in the flavor profile as it is in the aroma.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Mes rate:
Bottle at RBESG. Cloudy blonde. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. Wine yeast is very clear. Slight spice. Pretty boring but very drinkable considering the abv.
gnoff (7036) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 First rating
(75 cl bottle, thanks ekstedt!)
Shady yellow color, white head. Citrusy hoppy pineapple acidic scent, also some lambic or saison feel to it. Spicy acidic alcohol taste, a bit sweet. Scent is way more complex and better than the taste. Medium mouthfeel and bitterness. Apple and sweet aftertaste.
(Bottle at a beer tasting at rickgordon in Göteborg)
On July 5, 2008
Cloudy orange color, fluffy lasting off-white head. Sweet, acidic and lactic scent. Acidic, apples, cider taste. Sweet fruity aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
DruncanVeasey (6621) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle bought at Enoteca Bonatti, Firenze last July- bottled November 2008. Gusher. The beer that made it to the glass poured fully hazed; orange-gold with a fine, subsiding white head. Beckoning aroma packed with Belgian-hinting goodies; honeycomb, wine gums, lean piney hop dappled with lime and cream. Slick and slippery, alcohol obscenely well concealed; gentle resiny pine, lemon barley and tinned peach over a lightly toasted, honeyed cereal base. Hints of grassiness and apple turnover. Fine and mellow, if a trifle limp considering the ABV, champagne yeast and incendiary carbonation on prising the cap. Picks up some gluey special strength lager notes as it warms- disappointing, considering it remains about the most expensive beer I’ve ever purchased. Still, a pleasantly honeyed, discreetly fruity, Belgian-accented drop all the same.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, beautiful light golden ale. Delicate 1cm white cover. The nose is floral more than anything and freshly so, though not failing to display even more vinous notes than your average Panil. Belgianesque in mouth. Generous cleansing carbonation. Nice hops bite. I must say it is not THAT flavourful, but just very pleasant to drink. Grainy, sunflower seeds reminiscent concoctions with sesame grains undertones. Just well distributed flavours really.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow colour with no head. Light sweet malty citrus aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.
Plovmand (6028) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a medium white head. Citrus, caramel, spice and sweet malt. The flavour is light hoppy with notes of spice, citrus and sweet caramel. Long sweet finish.
Glouglouburp (5871) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A truly original belgian blonde ale with a bit a everything.
How: Bottle 750ml (fancy looking original bottle). Consumed when about 1 year of age
The look: A medium white head over a cloudy blonde body with lots of particles
In long: A gusher. Nose is yeasty, some fruity esters and a lot of meringue. Taste is surprising dry, I really didn’t expect that with the nose. Lots of dusty yeast, floury white bread, lemon skin, light-medium acidity, dry wheat/straw flavour, some dried oranges, some white grapes with its associated sourness, lots of dry grassy hops. Finish is very very dry, a tad acidic and a tad sour. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Lovely big lively foamy mouthfeel. A semi-wild Saison-like sensation that I cannot put into words. This really is an original brew, some will love, others won’t. At first I really loved it, had I rated it after my first glass it would have been over 4.0. But the more I drank it the more the light annoying white grapes/vinous sourness was coming through and at the end of my bottle I thought it was “just” very good. I don’t understand the low scores on this one, I thought this was pretty good and rather original. Very much underrated. I don’t know what those other reviewers drank but it sure wasn’t the same beer I had. At least not the same bottle from my fridge. And they certainly did not drink it with me in my living room. And absolutely positively while we were butt naked and covering ourselves with whip cream, fruit jam and green olives. I hate green olives.