Garrat (1311) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark yellow in colour,another scary head,richer and more warming than the 9,plenty of summer fruits and spices,harder to finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the map room. Pours a lite straw w/ a frothy head. Sourish aromas with a typical belgian spiciness and some earthy hoppiness. Very sweet w/ a fair amount of vanilla. Soft body. No bitterness. Lots of alcohol in the finish.
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Yellow ochre with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mildly sweet with hints spices (coriander, bay leaves) and rotten fruit. You sure can taste the alcohol.
It really doesnít taste good. Kind of Like a f****d up Malt Liquor. At 10.5% alcohol it will get you messed up fast, and you wonít be able to taste it.The only thing novel about this drink is the 10.5%. It seems a lot of bad tasting beer compensates by being high in alcohol.
pootzboy (1650) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. looks like honey in the glass...light carbonation...small frothy head that lasts as a cap. Aroma of musty fruit. Mouth is a pleasant surprise...medium body...even a bit smooth...noted hint of the alcohol in this beer. Nice balance of hops and malt...very pleasing beer feel to this drink..only hint of alcohol is the warm finish and the peach-banana phenols one whiffs just prior to the swallow.
Big beer with little complexity...a let down
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pleasant suprise.
Pours a nice deep pale yellow body, accompanied by a fizzy and fairly active white head. Aroma is spicy, oranges, and it is also pretty hoppy. Taste is spices, orange peels, some mild sweet malt and hops bitterness. Finish is alcohol at first, followed by a warm subtle bitter feeling. Good Ale!
mjg74 (2852) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a yellow/orange color. Aroma is sweet and wheaty. Some spice in there as well. Rich thick somewhat sweet flavor with a nice alcoholic bite. Tastes a little like a spicy apple juice at times. Very good.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
01.05.05 330ml bottle. Deeply golden and glowing brew (oops, that sounds like the CD) and a steady stream of fine eff arises from the etched íDí in my glass. Large and fluffy, even white head leaves a sticky lace as it dissipates. This brew has captivating aromas, a real sniffer; I havenít had as enjoyable a beer to inhale in some time. Plenty of biscuity malts and melon, coriander, spice. Sublime aromas are interrupted only mildy by an assertive alcohol pepperiness that melds as it all comes together with temp. The flavors more sharp and vegetal than expected. A truly big beer, thereís pelnty of alcohol in the flavor and across the palate. Light must in the background like the smell Iíd imagine at a tropical fruit stand. Very good stuff that Iíve passed by so many times because of the silly swashbuckler on the label.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden in color, with a light white colored head. Has an aroma of sweet and sour with a hint of apple and pear. Taste is a sweet tart with a sour bitter finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This is a Belgian that really does have a kick. Nice head sits on top of a golden body. Bananas and sweet malts are right up front. Followed up with a light hop bite and sweet mango. Just too sweet.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. Pours a cloudy golden wonderful looking belgian. Nice head that stays forever. Sour, sweet, spicy nose. I love Belgians... Taste grabs you and makes sure youíll never forget that you had it... Did I mention that I love Belgians? What a flavor, lots of great spicey sourness with a nice sweet maltiness and the mouthfeel is awesome, creamy and biting. What a nice draught beer. Iíll have to see if the bottle is as good. I like this one.