SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straw with a multitude of miniscule bubbles. Aroma is mostly flat malt, yeast, doughy bread and spice. The second layer is overipe fruits, wet firewood, grandma’s fruit cellar and morning dew. Some alcohol as well. First sip is deep, rich and complex. Starts with loads of malt and moves to a fruity dryness that spreads evenly, and vigorously, across the tongue, throttling taste buds along the way. This is really thick compared to other BSAs that I’ve had, which is nice. Warms some in the finish.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dense, golden-wheat body beneath a fully-lasting, creamy white head. Yeasts and malts merged to produce a banana-cake batter aroma, replete with requisite spices. Alcohol was very noticable in the tasting... liqueured banana bread! Very pleasing. Spicy, sour finish, leaving a tingle in the cheeks like the zing from A-1 steak sauce.
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lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 33cl bottle.
Pours a clear bright copper with a thick frothy ivory head. Lots of fine lace. Smell grassy and spicy. Some light hoppy bitterness evident in the nose. Also yeasty and fruity smelling.
taste is spicy, peppery. Followed by fruitiness from apple and raisins. Vinous flavors, black grape. A slight alcohol burn in the finish. Hints of pepper and clove. Dry in the mouth at first and then a sticky aftertaste. Rounded, sweet flavors.
Very drinkable. Tasty and smooth for a high ABV beer. This one is fun. Really hits the spot.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours yellow golden with a thick white head. Aroma has a tartness to it. Taste is complex and spiced. Somewhat sweet with a dry finish.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A true contender and the best of the Van Steenberge/Bios lot. Not as sweet as other 10%+ heavyweights--but it opens with a potent cotton-candy suggestion that gives way to a bit of hop and yeast. Not as sweet as Kasteel Tripel but very similar otherwise
biz82 (1327) - 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 (6625) - 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.