biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow and hazy with a loose thin head. Sharp and acidic aroma with toasted cracker, yeast, light caramel, a little pear. Very strongly flavored, reflecting the aromas. Quite sweet with a tart and slightly bitter finish.
Myklanjlo (3) - California, USA - APR 8, 2005 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 fl.oz. bottle. Pours a fairly cloudy, pale orange, like golden rust. There is a tiny head with relatively good retention (and a little lacing), mostly do to the bottle conditioning. The bubbles have a moderate saturation but are quite large. The aroma is one of Belgian yeast and slightly-soured citrus sugar. Orange peel, lemon, sagebrush and coriander are all present, as well. Initial mouthfeel is fairly astringent and acidic, due to the high alcohol content and citric flavor profile. The malt is present only a little, briefly tasting like toasted wheat, before it finishes slightly sweet and hoppy. The aftertaste, however, is thoroughly unforgiving as an oily syrup coats the back of your tongue and mouth, tasting of bad grapefruit juice that just won’t go away. This, I’m afraid, is a deal-breaker. There are far better choices available among this style of ale.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibly huge white frothy, long lasting head on a golden beer.Nice citrus aroma, sweet tasting easy drinking and it hides its alcohol well.I doooo like Belgian Strong Ales!
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe pours pale golden, slight haze, large white foamy head, strong carbonation, with attractive lacing. Pale malt aroma, slightly yeasty, but really its rather pale. Sweet malty flavor, slightly yeasty, airy *BURP*, but not terribly complex. Feeling a bit of heat off this one. Very mild fruity flavor. Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average, unfortunately. Finishes strong, with quite an alcoholic kick. Very warming. Not bad, but might be better should it not be so high in the ABV.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden, almost pilsner colour but hazy with some white head, which turns into a ring with heavy lacing. Taste is like a malty ipa, it might be too sweet for me...and the alcohol stands out too. Thick mouthfeel. Interesting, but not really the right balance for me.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A hole lot of sediment. Hard to drinkl. Very fruity and alcoholic. Sweet finish.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Misty gold, white micro bubble head. Aroma of malt, breads, yeast, and hops. A very nice balance between malt and hops on the toungue, thick in the mouth, hard to notice the heavy alcohol present in this beer. Flavor reminds me slightly of some maltier Pilsners even though this is a Belgian Strong.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden yellow with frothy white head. Smells of bread and hopps. Taste is smooth then hoppy and bitter at the last second. A very solid brew.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 pours golden with huge head. taste is malt and hops. has a nice alcohol warming in the end.
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This shivered my timbers. It’s a muscular Belgian, a tad heavy on the grog at 10.5%, but with plenty of redeeming features. Poured a muddy tangerine colour with a good lasting head and some lace. There’s some licorice and cloves in the nose, as well as peppery alcohol and some fruit. Full-bodied and thickly alcoholic. Begins with some sweet caramel malt characters but these are soon swamped by the alcohol. Haven’t tried the 9% version but wonder if it might not have a better balance? (bottle)