mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Presents with a hazy, deep golden, fizzy pour. Big, fluffy white head, but dissapates quickly. Complex rich aromas of fresh dough, yeast, lemon, apricot and malt. Even though this ale is well carbonated to style, its hefty body presents a full, smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of citrus, yeast, vanilla and a fruity sweetness are quite assertive but blend well and are pleasantly accentuated by the high alcohol content. Late palate transforms into a nice moderate hoppy bitterness which cuts down the ale’s sweet side and results in a long pleasing finish. An excellent Belgian and worth seeking out.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent Belgian Ale. This has a sweet aroma, pours out a nice golden-amber color with a great white head. The flavor is strong, fruity and spicy, and the palate is excellent.
pineypower (2980) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a cludy golden color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is smooth for the content, but it was missing something. Notes of fruits and some citrus with a slightly bitter finish.
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - DEC 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
cloudy golden ale w/ huge white head. aroma of citrus, hops and grapefruit. thick and strong, the alcohol is apparant. it is sweet, but not to the point of cloying. a nice sipping drink.
MarkoR (869) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A lot better than your usual blond beer. And strong too, without being overwhelming. Sweet malt flavours. Goes down smoothly.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was hoping more from this one. Typical blond really. Gold hazy body with a white fluffy head, nice lacing at the start. Lots of lemon, soft fruits, and nice yeasty malts. It took a while to open up and even though it doesnt attempt to shine through, it worked well while playing video games.
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t know about the product description, and looking back on notes from a beer judge in the early nineties, this seems to have evolved away from it’s complex routes to become the simplistic epitome of modern Belgian Golden Strong’s. That said, and with an open mind to that huge alcohol, I found this to be a tasty easy sipper. Poured into a Piraat tulip, quite cool. Brilliant orange gold body with fine wispy carbonation raising up a thin, yet dense and creamy white head that lasted and left trails of lace down the glass (attractive little bugger!). Spicy, lemon/lime cordial, vanilla and candi sugar nose with notes of bread crumbs and prickly alcohol. Quite soft and smooth in the mouth; big in body and with the first mouthful brings on that huge ABV. Flavours were simple and seamless, between vanilla and lemon-candi for sweetness, doughy yeast, a light hint of herbs and spicy white wine towards the back, before a warming vodka like swallow reminiscent of lemon flavoured ’Absolut Citron’. Overall, I didn’t mind this one, the alcohol managed to mellow as it warmed and it showed a little more fruit. Surprising!!! (33cL, 24BE 09:17)
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Eulogy’s, Philadelphia, PA. ABV 10.5%. Clear golden yellow Belgium stong ale having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Nice sweet malt and fruity ester aromas. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet malt and fruity grape flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. Definite alcoholic warmth. Excellent drinkable Belgium strong ale.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good white head on a beautiful golden beer, slightly hazy. The aroma was yeast and cloves, the taste fruity, spicy and alcoholic with an aftertaste of bitter Seville oranges. Just the thing for a dank, misty December evening.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours sparkling gold with good creamy white head. Aroma is strong wth sweet malt, candy, and banana clove.Flavor is strong with alcohol, very warming going down. Sort of overpowers the fruit, malt, and sweetness of this beer. Dry finish Not bad, but I was honestly expecting a lot better.